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Chocolate Spice Muffins

Total Time40 mins
Course: Muffins


For the muffins:

  • 2 c. white sugar granulated
  • 1 c. vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c. cocoa unsweetened, such as Hershey’s brand
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. canela ground (ground cinnamon may be substituted)
  • 1 tsp. ancho chile ground
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. whole milk

For the frosting:

  • 2 c. cocoa unsweetened, such as Hershey’s brand
  • 2 c. confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 c. whole milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Cream the sugar and oil together in a large bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla, beating until incorporated.
  • Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, canela, ancho chile and salt together in a medium bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed sugar mixture, alternating with the milk, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary and beating until just incorporated.
  • Line a muffin tin with paper liners and spoon or scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin – if you want to roll like me and keep your muffins shapely, you can use a two-tablespoon sized scoop here, which has the added advantage of keeping your muffins nice and uniform.
  • Bake the muffins for 22-24 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Take care not to overbake these muffins. Allow muffins to cool slightly before unmolding.
  • Meanwhile, whisk the ingredients for the frosting together until smooth. Once muffins are cooled and unmolded, top generously with frosting and serve


The frosting with which these cupcakes are topped has the consistency of pudding – if you can prepare a batch of it without scooping a fair amount directly into your mouth, you are a better person than I. As a result, I prepared a double batch of frosting and applied it quite generously to the muffins. You could easily get away with halving the frosting recipe and simply topping each muffin with a little less (you will, of course, also need to keep from spooning the frosting directly into your mouth).