Hiding under a layer of delicious cream cheese frosting and a fun jelly bean design? A cake that tastes like Mexican chocolate, thanks to a dash of cinnamon and chili powder.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Recipe Summary

hands-on:
40 mins
total:
1 hrplus cooling
Servings:
12
Yield:
12
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Mini Layer Cakes

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Directions

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  • In a small saucepan melt chocolate over low heat; let cool.

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  • Grease and flour twelve 21/2-inch muffin cups. In a small bowl stir together flour, cinnamon, chili powder, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, beating on medium until combined. Scrape sides of bowl. Beat 2 minutes more. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in melted chocolate and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture until just combined.

  • Spoon batter two-thirds full into prepared cups. Bake 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in cups 5 minutes. Transfer cakes to rack; cool completely.

  • Split each cake horizontally. Spread bottom half with Cream Cheese Frosting. Add tops. Spread tops with remaining frosting. Decorate with jelly beans. (If desired, use purchased black decorating icing to pipe dots onto cupcake tops.)

Nutrition Facts (Mini Layer Cakes)

429 calories; total fat 21g; saturated fat 13g; polyunsaturated fat 1g; monounsaturated fat 6g; cholesterol 87mg; sodium 222mg; potassium 126mg; carbohydrates 59g; fiber 1g; sugar 49g; protein 4g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 597IU; vitamin c 0mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 0mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 17mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 42mg; iron 2mg.

Vanilla Frosting

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  • In a large bowl beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in enough powdered sugar make frosting spreading consistency.

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