Ancho chocolate cupcakes

Heather Disarro

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Ancho chocolate cupcakes utilize cocoa's spicy side! A puree of ancho chiles brings out the subtle spicy notes and even a little extra sweetness in these chocolaty cupcakes!

ancho chocolate cupcakes

Ancho chocolate cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes


For the cupcakes:

  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 reconstituted ancho chile puree
  • 1-1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the frosting:

  • 1-1/2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup strong brewed espresso
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 (12-cup) muffin tins with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, milk, Greek yogurt and ancho chile puree.
  3. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Gently fold together until just mixed.
  5. Scoop the batter into the prepared cupcake liners and gently tap the pan on the counter to release any air bubbles.
  6. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees F until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  8. For the frosting, beat together the room temperature butter, milk, coffee and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
  9. Stir in the powdered sugar until smooth and well combined.
  10. Spread evenly on cooled cupcakes.

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Heather Disarro
Heather is the writer behind the food blog, Heather’s Dish, and the coordinator of the beauty blog, Faces of Beauty. She and her husband live at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the Denver metro area and are constantly active, especially with their two crazy lab mixes Bunker and Keira. They had their first baby, Weston, in March 2012 and have been boundlessly blessed by him every day of his life. You can find more at Heather’s personal blogs, Heather’s Dish and Faces of Beauty or send her a tweet at @heathersdish.