Smoked Chilli Chocolate Cake

Clandestine Cake Club Entry

Smoke, Chilli and Chocolate a great combination

I’m always looking for an opportunity to push my culinary experience, and when I heard on the grapevine (from Grazing Kate) that there was to be a Clandestine Cake Club meeting in Devon, I had to get involved.

As I’ve admitted previously I tend to get stressed out when baking cakes, I struggle that it’s best to follow a recipe, still for this event I knew I had to come up with something that was a tad unusual, and tied in to my smoking.

So here’s my recipe for the cake I took along.

Smoked Chilli Chocolate Cake

200g unsalted butter cut into small cubes

200g 70%+ quality dark chocolate broken into squares

50g plain flour

50g ground almonds

5 eggs separeted into yolks and whites

75g light soft brown sugar

100g golden caster sugar

1 dried ancho chilli (I smoked mine) available from South Devon Chilli Farm  blitzed in a spice grinder until fine.

Smoked Chocolate Icing

100g 70%+dark chocolate

50g smoked unsalted butter

Preheat your oven to 180 degC. Set up a bain marie of a heatproof bowl over simmering water, and add the butter and chocolate, ensure the water does not touch the bowl. Gently stir until the chocolate and butter are melted and combined, and remove from heat.

Sift the flour intro a bowl , add the almonds.

In a separate bowl add the brown sugar to the yolks and whisk until creamy. Fold in the chocolate mix until fully combined and then the chilli.

In another bowl whisk the egg whites and caster sugar to a soft peak, and then gently fold in the flour and almonds, followed by the whites until combined without knocking the air out of the mix.

Pour into a 20cm springform cake tin that has been greased and lined with baking parchment and bake for 40 minutes until still slightly sticky in the middle. Leave to cool in the tin before lifting onto a wire rack.

Using the bain marie again for the chocolate icing, melt the chocolate and butter (use regular unsalted if you can’t get any smoked, or cold smoke your own, I used beech home smoked butter), stir and leave to cool until it thickens and spread on the cake.

Garnish the cake with chocolate truffles and a chilli, and enjoy with good company and lashings of clotted cream.

19 responses to this post.

  1. Now that sounds like a fabulous cake even without the chilli. Now I’m desperate to know what a smoked chilli chocolate cake tastes like.

    Quite excited, now making plans – thinking come the autumn when we harvest our locotos (we usually have quite a few), maybe we could come and visit – I’d bring cake and you could smoke some of our chillies???

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    • Thank you🙂 that sounds like a great plan, always happy to have cake and a natter.
      It takes a while to cold smoke chillies but they are amazing.
      Cheers
      Marcus

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  2. This is a very interesting recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Love it Marcus! That Chilli looks the part and I like the idea of smoking it – that must have gave the cake a great dimension.
    I’m a great advocate for chocolate & Chilli. Nice one!

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  4. Thank you. It went down a treat, all the cakes were lovely.
    I enjoyed 6 lovely slices, not bad for someone who’s not usually into cake.
    Look forward to hearing how your next CCC goes, what are you baking?
    Cheers
    Marcus

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  5. Amazing! Cake looks great, did everyone like it? Glad to hear you’ve started going to the CCC! We have one this week, am already excited about that feeling when you first start gorging on cake. I’m even looking forward to that sickly feeling after your third plate of cake where you would chop off your right arm for something savoury!

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  6. Thank you, smoked butter is great to use in all sorts of recipes, I’ll be using it a lot in my cooking this year, both savoury and sweet.
    Cheers
    Marcus

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  7. such a great idea

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  8. This has to be the best Chocolate cake I’ve ever had. It rendered me silent.

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  9. I’ll add this link to my blog in a moment. Sorry you had trouble commenting on my blog yesterday – it must have been blogger up to its silly tricks

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  10. I can vouch for it being absolutely delicious – I was there and was lucky to try this unusual cake. Thanks, Marcus for the recipe and for bringing the cake (and the bread and smoked salmon!) along.

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  11. Beautiful! I’m afraid to try this though.. I hear those are good with a glass of milk😉

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  12. What an absolutely brilliant idea, this on one of the few times i see a shot of a cake and wish i could taste it! c

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