Gluten and Dairy Free Mexican Chocolate Chilli Cake

serves / makes 6
30 prep time
30 mins cooking time


Chocolate and chilli might be one of those love it or hate it scenarios. It dates back to the Aztecs when they used to add chilli to ground cocoa beans to make a kind of hot chocolate drink.

This cake is really quick to make, mix the ingredients together and pop in the oven while you are having dinner – perfect for a simple dessert with some dairy free ice-cream. This recipe is pretty mild on the chilli so if you want a bigger kick then increase the chilli flakes.





  1. Preheat the oven to 170 oC
  2. Grease and line a 6″ round cake tin
  3. Melt the chocolate then stir in the milk and chilli flakes
  4. Stir in the caster sugar and oil
  5. In another bowl whisk the egg
  6. Stir in the flour and chocolate mix
  7. Pour into the cake tin
  8. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes
  9. Remove from the oven and cake tin
  10. Allow to cool completely
  11. Dust with cocoa powder and a couple of chilli flakes