Easy Mexican Chocolate Cake | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Monday, April 22, 2013

Easy Mexican Chocolate Cake

Make Easy Mexican Chocolate Cake for your next Fiesta! This slightly spicy, sweet and cinnamony cake begins with a simple boxed chocolate cake mix and is transformed into a Mexican masterpiece with just a few ingredients! This is a perfect ending to your Cinco de Mayo celebration!

Easy Mexican Chocolate Cake by Renee's Kitchen Adventures slice on a white plate garnished with whipped cream and a strawberry

Using Herdez Mexican Cooking sauces in recipes

Another great (and easy) recipe using Herdez ® Mexican cooking sauces!  Chocolate boxed cake mix and Herdez® Red Guajillo Chile Mexican Cooking Sauce make this cake a snap to put together. Red Guajillo Chiles deliver a delicious green tea flavor with berry overtones that compliment the dark chocolate cake perfectly. The cake bakes up moist and can either be frosted with your favorite frosting or dusted with powdered sugar. It will leave you saying "Ole"!

One of this month's assignments for the AR Ambassador program was to develop a recipe (or two) using new Mexican cooking sauces from Herdez ®  (Disclaimer:  I received these sauces for free to review from AR and Herdez ®.  The opinions, recipe, and pictures are mine and I have not been compensated for them other than receiving product samples.)

One of the sauces I received in my package was Red Guajillo Chile Mexican Cooking Sauce.

Jar of Herdez Mexican Cooking Sauce
Image source: Herdez
The Guajillo Chiles thin, deep-red flesh delivers a delicious green tea flavor with slight berry overtones. Combined with vine-ripened tomatoes, our Red Guajillo Chile Sauce has a tangy, fruity finish with mild heat.

Ingredients: Water, Guajillo Pepper, Tomato Paste, Distilled Vinegar, Iodized Salt, Soybean Powder, Xanthan Gum and Natural Flavors. (Product information source: mexgrocer.com)

Slice of Easy Mexican Chocolate Cake by Renee's Kitchen Adventures on a red plate with a fork

Easy Mexican Chocolate Cake using cake mix

The heat in this cake made with boxed chocolate cake mix and Herdez Mexican Cooking sauce is subtle. The chiles give it a nice layer of flavor. You'll know there is something in there, but you might not be able to tell right away what that something is.  If you can't find the red guajillo variety of sauce, you can substitute the chipotle flavor and still have a delicious Mexican Chocolate Cake!

The Mexican Chocolate Cake can easily be made lower in fat and calories by substituting reduced fat sour cream and sugar free pudding mix and reducing the oil to 1/3 cup.

I've made it the reduced fat/calorie way and the regular way, both with good results. The texture of the lightened up version is a bit less dense and more springy. You can also leave out the chocolate chips if you are trying to make a lighter version and just dust it lightly with powdered sugar instead of frosting it.

Either way, it's the perfect ending to your Mexican fiesta!

Mexican Chocolate Cake
Dessert, cake
Yield: 12 servings

Easy Mexican Chocolate Cake

prep time: 10 Mcook time: 55 Mtotal time: 65 M
Sweet heat and cinnamon give this boxed chocolate cake mix Mexican flair! A great way to end your fiesta!


  • 1- 15.2 oz. box Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake mix
  • 1- 3.9oz. box chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Herdez® Red Guajillos Mexican Cooking Sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


How to cook Easy Mexican Chocolate Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a non-stick Bundt pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients except chocolate chips. Mix with electric mixer on low until combined, then on medium speed for 2 minutes. Batter will be thick. Fold in mini chocolate chips.
  3. Spread batter into prepared Bundt pan evenly. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  4. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes, then invert onto platter to finish cooling. Frost or dust with powdered sugar once completely cool.


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The two sauces I received were a hit!  My family loves Mexican flavors and these sauces make it so easy...and they are delicious.  I really enjoyed this AR assignment this month.

Check out my other Herdez® Mexican Cooking Sauce recipe, Turkey and Zucchini Enchiladas with Tomatillo Verde Sauce!


I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com.

Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on www.reneeskitchenadventures.com. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of Renee's Kitchen AdventuresThis blog was written in support of Herdez® and their Product or campaign.


  1. I've never seen that. I'll have to look for it! I just make my own guajillo sauce. LOL

  2. Oh yum! Damn, now I want cake. :) Have a great week Renee!!!

  3. I love that you incorporated the chile sauce. They do go good with chocolate and your cake looks amazing! I needed a bib just to read this! :)

  4. TOTALLY cool way to use the sauce! Amazing how well heat and chocolate go together.

  5. That is crazy! Crazy COOL! Or should I say...crazy HOT! I never would have thought of using a spicy Mexican sauce in a cake-you are so creative. This sounds great!

  6. Oh my word. That looks amazeballs!! That cake screams me! Thanks for posting it - I never would have thought you could use a sauce like that in cake before - genius!

  7. I think I want to move in with you! Wow!

  8. have made this cake at least 20 times. I buy herdez sauce by the six pack. cake never makes it to the next day. next cake will be with pisilla sauce a little more heat

    1. I'm not sure how I missed this comment, but thank you! I am so happy you enjoy this recipe and I want to know how it came out with the other sauce!


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