No, I didn't spell chocolate wrong :-) Have you ever watched the movie "Chocolat" where the woman put pepper in her chocolates, and the whole town became addicted to her treats? Well, I tried a little variation on that vegan chocolate muffin I posted a while back. Now that pumpkin is back on the grocery store shelves (and I really do need to stock up!) I whipped up a little something different. I took a Red Velvet Duncan Hines cake mix, and added the can of pumpkin, and cayenne pepper! I didn't measure, so I have no idea how much I really put in there, but I would start out with 1 TBSP, mix it up real well, give it a taste, and if you want, if you like bold spice, add another TBSP. These are really good. They taste like chocolate, then in a short while, you get the spiciness. I don't know if you've ever tried pepper chocolates, but they really are good. But I thought with the red, pepper would go nicely with this. Give it a try. Don't tell your guests, just watch their expressions after they take that first bite.
1 box Duncan Hines cake mix
1 15 oz can pure pumpkin
bake @400 for 20 minutes in a sprayed 12 muffin pan.