It’s fall!

Spiced Double Chocolate Chip Cake I howsweeteats.com

No, seriously… it’s fall now. I wait for this season the whole year long and while we all try to fake it on September 1st or whatever, then really try and fake it on September 21st (I think?) when it’s still 80 degrees outside, fall doesn’t really start until the air smells crisp and the leaves turn vibrant pinks and you bake a chocolate cake with cayenne pepper in it.

I swear.

 

Trust me, I’m just as anxious as you to bust out my Barry Manilow and N*SYNC Christmas albums but fall is meant to be savored, enjoyed and covered in chocolate.

And now I’m stuck wondering if I’m really 16 years old or 58 years old. I can never figure it out.

Spiced Double Chocolate Chip Cake I howsweeteats.com

Hmmm… by the way, that’s not some boring caramel blanketing this ring of chocolate. It’s a brown sugar glaze, which I have made four times in two weeks for four different recipes.

Okay, three different recipes.

I had to make a fourth batch because I ate too much of it off the spoon while waiting for a cake to cool. It is THAT GOOD. Yes, it warrants ALL CAPS. Best glaze I’ve had in, well… forever? You know I’m all about the glazes because adding more sugar to desserts is just the smart thing to do.

Spiced Double Chocolate Chip Cake I howsweeteats.com

Oooh but you’re just freaking out about this who cayenne thing, right? Do not fear.

It’s not just cayenne… there are a bunch of spices in there like cinnamon and ground cloves and nutmeg and all that jazz. It may sound incredibly atrocious but it’s really just tastes like a big old chocolate cake with a heavy handed shake of autumn sprinkled in.

Spiced Double Chocolate Chip Cake I howsweeteats.com

It’s not too sweet either.

That’s totally not my thing (ever), but it works sometimes. Plus, I gotta show some love for you crazies who don’t like your desserts so rich that they make your teeth ache.

See, I told you I loved you.

Spiced Double Chocolate Chip Cake I howsweeteats.com

Spiced Dark Chocolate Cake

[slightly adapted from food and wine]

makes one bundt cake (serves 8-10)

8 ounces milk chocolate, chopped

1/2 cup canola oil

1 1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1/3 cup heavy cream

1 cup strong coffee

1 cup buttermilk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup dutch process or dark cocoa powder

1 tablespoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

pinch of cayenne pepper

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 12-cup bundt pan with non-stick spray and set aside. In a bowl, combine flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda and spices and mix with a spoon.

Melt chocolate in either a double boiler or a large microwave-safe bowl (I melt in 30 second increments) and let cool. Whisk in oil, sugar, vanilla and heavy cream until smooth, then whisk in egg. Add in half of the flour + cocoa mixture, then half of the coffee and buttermilk, mixing until just combined. Add in the remaining flour mixture and then the remaining coffee and buttermilk, stirring until smooth. Lightly toss chocolate chips with a spoonful of flour, then fold into batter. Pour into bundt pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out almost clean.

Let cool, then drizzle with glaze of your choice. I used a doubled recipe of this brown sugar glaze which was the perfect sweet accompaniment.

Spiced Double Chocolate Chip Cake I howsweeteats.com

Hurry up and eat your slice or else it’s mine.

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123 Responses to “Spiced Double Chocolate Chip Cake.”

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — October 11, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    I’m pretty sure you could put those sprinkles on anything and call it fall, those colors are perfect :) That second picture of the glaze pooling up on the cake stand seriously makes me want to lick the screen.

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    Jill — October 11, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    *NSYNC’s acapella version of O Holy Night = BestChristmasSongEver. (Actually maybe even the Best SONG Ever!!) I’m totally going to rock out to that on my drive home today, because yes, that CD stays in my car 365 days out of the year!

    The cake looks FANTASTIC!! Where did you get those sprinkles? Love that color combo for fall.

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    • Jessica — October 11th, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

      Not sure where they are from – Janetha from meals and moves sent them to me!

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    Claire — October 11, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    As much as I hate that our 2 weeks of Fall in Chicago means 6-9 months of Winter, I cannot help but get excited about Fall weather, seasonal spices, and holiday baking! The brown sugar glaze sold me, cannot wait for the two other recipes!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — October 11, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    Me oh my, I think this is calling my name for breakfast! What a helluva cake.

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    Amy — October 11, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    Beautiful!! I’ve been thinking I need to bust out my budnt cake pan so here’s a perfect opportunity! Hopefully someone will ask me to make something sweet for Thanksgiving :)

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    betty — October 11, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    hahaha I did freak out with the cayenne but I bet it gave it a kick, I looks really delicious and perfect for halloween! I love how the glaze filled the center and created like a mirror

    http://bitstreats.blogspot.com/

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    Tina@flourtrader — October 11, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    I love bundt cakes but have yet to try a spice + chocolate cake. The cake turned out stunning and I like the ingredient list of the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing-saved this one. Delicious.

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    Melissa@IWasBornToCook — October 11, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    You gave me another reason to use my (mom’s) bundt pan!

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — October 11, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    So I can’t decide whether I’m 16 or 58 either. For real.

    And it’s still 80 degrees here. Let’s get this fall thing going.

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    MariaBJ — October 11, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    Your pictures are just divine! So clear, beautiful and completely mouth watering!!!
    I HAVE to give this delicious fall cake a try :) Thanks for sharing another little treasure.
    Best, Maria

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    • Jessica — October 11th, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

      Thanks Maria!

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    Steph@stephsbitebybite — October 11, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    OMG! It’s like we shared the same brain today…er yesterday…I made a bundt cake alst night too, with fall sprinkles (making an appearance tomorrow). Although mine has no chocoalte, and now I’m jealous. Maybe we could do a cake swap? :)

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    • Jessica — October 11th, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

      I’m down!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — October 11, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    WOW! this looks truly amazing. so moist and chocolately. Oh and I’m loving the fall imperials sprinkles! So fun and pretty :)

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    Kristy @ Sweet Treats and More — October 11, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    Oooh I want that brown sugar glaze! There’s so many things it would be great on! I’ll take the cake too. Looks great!

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    Maria — October 11, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    Love all the halloween colors!!

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    Morgan @ moments of mmm — October 11, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    I loveeee cayenne pepper and chocolate! So warm and rich :-)

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    Brittnee — October 11, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

    So I may be getting on your nerves with this but what can I substitute for the coffee? I dont drink it.

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    • Jessica — October 11th, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

      Hahaha, not getting on my nerves at all! Honestly, I don’t drink coffee either, and it tastes nothing like coffee – just enhances the chocolate flavor. What I actually did was use some instant coffee I have for baking and hot water to make it coffee! But if you don’t have any on hand/really don’t want to use it, I would think that hot water would probably work too? Maybe even more buttermilk?

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      • Brittnee — October 11th, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

        Thanks again! I may just use the coffee if it is that easy. I thought you had to brew it or what not.

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    Kathryn — October 11, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    Spice and chocolate is just an awesome combination and the glaze looks awesome!

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    Bex — October 11, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

    How freaking adorable are your autumn sprinkles? Fall = Joy.

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    sarah — October 11, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

    This sounds like my kind of cake! I need a cool bundt pan. Why don’t I have one of those? Now I NEED one just to have this cake.

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — October 11, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    I’m pretty sure that first photo should be in the dictionary next to “food porn.” This looks absolutely amazing.

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    kaceyt @ om&nom.com — October 11, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

    Love cayenne, love chocolate, love fall spices, love brown sugar glaze…and I have a bundt pan that I got as a wedding gift that has done nothing except take up space in the cabinet. Sounds like this cake needs to be made!

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    • Jessica — October 11th, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

      That is pretty much the only reason I use my bundt pan too… got it for my wedding and rarely use it for anything, then feel bad about it and have to break it out.

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    Brooke @ BittersweetBrooke — October 11, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    Love the idea of this chocolate fall cake and when I am ready to move into winter (which probably won’t be ever or until I watch meet me in St. Louis for the first time this year) it couldn’t totally be turned into a chocolate peppermint type cake with red and green sprinkles!

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    • Jessica — October 11th, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

      Oooh what a good idea!

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    Carissa — October 11, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    It looks super chocolately. Yum! I never understand those people who say a dessert is “too rich” or “too chocolatey.” Really?! Is that possible?

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    • Jessica — October 11th, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

      Not for me it’s not!

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    Kayla — October 11, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    ahh! i can just imagine how this tastes and i want to make it rightthissecond. i love the photography on this post, too, Jessica.

    when are you going to share your pumpkin chocolate chip cookies? i’m just dying in anticipation.

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    • Jessica — October 11th, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

      Thursday! :)

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    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun — October 11, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    I am all for extra spice with chocolate. I love that combo. Just as I love extra sugar with my desserts. ;)

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    Amilia Nimblett — October 11, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    I keep seeing great recipes for bunt cakes! I need to hurry up and go out and buy a bunt pan so I can try them out! yum :)

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 11, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

    Oh dear Lord this looks amazing! The light glaze against the dark chocolate is just perfect.

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    Katrina — October 11, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    Mmmm fall in chocolate cake form? Yes. And then some more!

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    Lauren — October 11, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

    Shamefully, I don’t have a bundt pan. Any other pan this would work in and if so, an idea as to how to adjust the cook time?

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    • Jessica — October 11th, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

      I’m not too sure if bundt cakes are made for bundt pans (if that makes sense), but I would try it in a 9×13 and maybe bake for about 30 minutes, then see where it’s at?

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    Cookbook Queen — October 11, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

    My favorite coffee cake EVER has chocolate and spices in it, so I can say with some authority that this is indeed a fabulous combination.

    Also, I am all about Harry Connick Jr. at Christmas. You haven’t lived until you’ve heard his version of Sleigh Bells.

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    Toya — October 11, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    Jessica, lets have a talk!

    Your picture was cause for concern from my co-worker who found me so close to teh computer monitor drooling that she thought i was catatonic!!

    Your pictures make me feels as if I am at the kitchen table with my nose right next to it, waiting to dive in….memories as a kid waiting for scrumdiliuptious goodies….YOU ROCK!!!!!

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    • Jessica — October 11th, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

      Thanks Toya! :)

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    Emily — October 11, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    Dear Jessica,

    Please move in with me and make cakes all day every day.

    Love, tired mom in need of more chocolate in her life :)

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    Michelle — October 11, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

    I was just thinking today how cloves and allspice and cinnamon are fall spices, and now seeing this recipe is really getting me antsy to bake it. Thanks for the beautiful photos again. You never disappoint!

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    Simply Life — October 11, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

    oh wow! that looks so decadent and just divine!

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    Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco — October 11, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

    Who wouldn’t want to add more sugar to sugary desserts? I mean, that’s why we’re here, right?

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — October 12, 2011 @ 12:27 am

    Gorgeous cake, and I LOVE that it is spiced. I am much more of a spicy cake person, than an overly sweet cake person. It looks so moist too!!! Mmmmmm!

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    Krystina (Organically Me) — October 12, 2011 @ 12:59 am

    I hate you for making me crave chocolate cake at 1am.

    But I love you for making this cake and giving me a recipe to make with this darn fangled bundt pan in the cupboard.

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    Emmy (Wine and Butter) — October 12, 2011 @ 1:56 am

    Hi hi!!! I love your website so much – although I try to only use the dessert style recipes when I’m cooking for lots of other people Ive already made like 6 different versions of you cupcakes with the cheesecake and cookie dought style frosting – YUM!!!
    Its my husbands birthday this Friday and I need an indulgent and different main course meal to cook him…. do you have any suggestions!? xoxo

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    CouponClippingCook — October 12, 2011 @ 3:07 am

    omg….could your pictures look any better! no! they look divine. seriously…how do you do it. So love the idea of chocolate and spice together..such a perfect match.

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    Kim @ Eat What You've Got — October 12, 2011 @ 7:01 am

    That looks absolutely delicious!!!

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    Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking — October 12, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    this looks phenomenal. i have never tried a spiced chocolate cake with cayenne… wow. i’ll definitely be baking this for my fam this fall. loveeeeeeeeeeee it!

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    Cassie - Bake Your Day — October 12, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

    I love the photo of the batter dripping from the whisk. Beautiful!

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    lydia — October 12, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    I love how you write “Serves 8-10″ when we really know that is is the perfect amount for two people… Can’t wait to make this! xo

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    christina @ ovenadventures — October 12, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

    oohhh you made me CRAVE chocolate like right now. i am in a hotel room stuck watching baseball wishing it was the crappy 90210 and looking at your cake. it looks sssooo rich and dreamy and it’s totally cold and autumn here so this would be perfect!

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    Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie — October 14, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    I could really go for a huge slice of this right now! That glaze sounds amazing!

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    Tracey — October 14, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

    I think the word “bundt” has been ruined for me forever (thanks a bunch, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) but this looks so scrumptious that I will overlook it. Mmm, I love fall!

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    paul — October 16, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

    YUM YUM! Sign me up for tate’s cookies!

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    alana — October 17, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

    I make this cake tonight and it was devine! I loved the warmth from the spices with the rich chocolate. The glaze was amazing! I added a pinch of cinnamon to it and loved it even more. Thank you!

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    Becky — October 18, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

    Cakes like this are the reason I love fall (: Any idea how it would turn out as cupcakes, or how long/what temp to bake them at? I prefer making cupcakes because I can split them up between friends and not have a whole cake sitting at my house (: Thanks!

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    Joan — October 27, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    I am so glad I tried this cake! It was a hit with my co-workers.

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