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Tapatío Hot Sauce Cupcakes

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A hot sauce CUPCAKE?  Yep.  And it’s better than you would expect.  It’s the perfect cupcake for the hot and spicy flavor fan! I’ve seen some Mexican desserts that combine spices with chocolate, and was inspired to kick that up a notch. Tapatío Hot Sauce might just be the most recognized and popular hot sauce, so that was naturally my choice for these cupcakes.  The cupcakes, by the way, are my super special, super delicious standard chocolate cupcake recipe that took try after try after try after try to get just right.

Dive into these and try something new, sassy, funky and fun with these Tapatío Hot Sauce Cupcakes!  My first test batch of these cupcakes were gone in less than 15 minutes with rave reviews. That creamy, milky chocolate is seriously complimented by the kick of the hot sauce.  Are you ready? Let’s bake!

What you need:

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 box (3.9 oz) chocolate pudding/pie filling powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup Tapatío Hot Sauce

Tapatio Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Tapatío Hot Sauce

Make them:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prep your muffin pans.  I prefer the smaller mini cupcakes and the silicone muffin pans (way easier cleanup and even cooking!). Spray them with olive oil very lightly, or use cupcake liners.

In a small bowl, mix together the cake mix, pudding mix and chocolate chips. Coat the chips completely.

Add the chocolate mixture to your mixing bowl and add the eggs, oil, water, and sour cream. Mix until well combined, but do not over mix!

Fill muffin cups 1/2 way full with batter.

Bake 10-13 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from muffin pan, and using a skewer or toothpick, poke the tops of each cupcake several times.

Slowly drizzle a spoonful of Tapatío Hot Sauce over the tops, smoothly over with the back of a spoon.

Place in fridge until you’re ready to frost.

Make the frosting:

Beat the butter and cream cheese for about 4 minutes on medium-high speed.

Slowly add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time.

Add 4 tablespoons of Tapatío Hot Sauce to the frosting and beat until well incorporated.

Place frosting in the refrigerator for 1 hour before frosting the cupcakes.

Frost and decorate! I used Red Hots Candies (smashed up) sprinkled on top of mine.

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4.5 from 2 votes

Tapatío Hot Sauce Cupcakes

Spicy hot sauce + creamy milk chocolate = a uniquely delicious cupcake!

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 box (3.9 oz) chocolate pudding/pie filling powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup Tapatío Hot Sauce

Tapatio Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Tapatío Hot Sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prep your muffin pans.  I prefer the smaller mini cupcakes and the silicone muffin pans (way easier cleanup and even cooking!). Spray them with olive oil very lightly, or use cupcake liners.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the cake mix, pudding mix and chocolate chips. Coat the chips completely.
  • Add the chocolate mixture to your mixing bowl and add the eggs, oil, water, and sour cream. Mix until well combined, but do not over mix!
  • Fill muffin cups 1/2 way full with batter.
  • Bake 10-13 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from muffin pan, and using a skewer or toothpick, poke the tops of each cupcake several times.
  • Slowly drizzle a spoonful of Tapatío Hot Sauce over the tops, smoothly over with the back of a spoon.
  • Place in fridge until you're ready to frost.

Make the frosting:

  • Beat the butter and cream cheese for about 4 minutes on medium-high speed.
  • Slowly add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time.
  • Add 4 tablespoons of Tapatío Hot Sauce to the frosting and beat until well incorporated.
  • Place frosting in the refrigerator for 1 hour before frosting the cupcakes.
  • Frost and decorate! I used Red Hots Candies (smashed) sprinkled on top of mine.

Jeni’s Disclaimer: I’m just a regular girl.  I love to drink wine while I bake.  I’m by no means a professional baker or pro photographer. My creations aren’t staged, they just are what they are, and that’s probably obvious from the pictures.  I create my recipes from inspiration of scents and flavors around me. I also repurpose my grandma’s old recipes. If you love to bake and your food ends up looking like REAL food, and not like something you’ll see on Instagram, you’re in the right place.

14 Comments

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      You’ve never heard of it because I made it up! 😉 You should totally try it!

  1. Julie Wood Reply

    These cupcakes look so delicious and they really turned out good. These would be great cupcakes for the 4th of July!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      Ohhhh great idea – for the Fourth!!!! And thank you so much, Julie! <3

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      You should TOTALLY give them a try – especially if your family loves spicy food AND sweets!

  2. I put hot sauce on a lot of my foods. Now I need to try it in my cupcakes!

  3. Darren Scrubb Reply

    Nice looking snack to try out for lunch over the Holiday weekend.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      Enjoy, Darren! Have fun making these! That chocolate cupcake recipe is something I worked hard on perfecting, so print it out and keep that handy, and change up frostings!

  4. Dana Rodriguez Reply

    5 stars
    This is an interesting combo of flavors. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. 4 stars
    The name of the cupcake caught my attention. There are sweet and sour candies and gums – so why not hot cupcakes!? This was pin worthy. I can’t wait to try this new yummy taste!! Thank you for sharing!

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