It’s Hot + Spicy Week on Cooking Channel. So let the bright candy flames be your fair warning: these innocent-looking chocolate cupcakes have a devilish side. Disguised with a shiny chocolate ganache, this recipe for Devil’s Fire Chocolate Cupcakes sizzles with a handful of minced habaneros – the petite orange chile peppers that pack an unbeatably spicy punch. When eaten, the cupcakes leave a tingly sensation on the tip of your tongue, similar to the sweet heat of cinnamon red hot candies. Use food coloring and your favorite recipe for royal icing to create the fiery decorations to place on top of the cupcakes. If you still haven’t had enough, add the habanero seeds to the batter to satisfy the most daring heat-seekers of them all.
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