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Mexican Chocolate Cake

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 50 min
  • Servings 15
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You really can make Mexican Chocolate Cake from a box! Jazz up always-yummy cake mix with a hint of cinnamon, creating a classic Mexican flavor combo. Homemade caramelized sugar frosting makes this Mexican Chocolate Cake all the more decadent. Get your forks ready!
Updated Oct 10, 2022
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Caramelized Sugar Frosting

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease or spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan. Make cake mix as directed on box--except add cinnamon to cake mix. Pour into pan.
  • 2
    Bake as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 3
    In 2-quart heavy saucepan, heat granulated sugar over medium-low heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring constantly with wooden spoon and watching carefully, until sugar begins to melt. As sugar begins to melt, stir with wooden spoon until sugar is melted and golden brown. (Sugar becomes very hot and could melt a plastic spoon.) Remove from heat; carefully stir in butter and 1 tablespoon of the milk (mixture will become lumpy). Return to medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth. Cool 5 minutes.
  • 4
    Add powdered sugar to caramel mixture; beat with electric mixer on low speed until well combined. Add 3 tablespoons milk, mixing until frosting is glossy and spreadable. If necessary, add up to 1 tablespoon more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time. Spread frosting over cake. Store loosely covered.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Try Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy Frosting instead of the homemade frosting to make this Mexican Chocolate Cake recipe go even quicker.
  • tip 2
    Garnish your Mexican cinnamon chocolate cake with chocolate shavings.


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More About This Recipe

  • Our devil’s food cake mix gets an upgrade with a touch of ground cinnamon, making for a classic Mexican flavor combination. This easier-than-ever Mexican chocolate cake is topped with an irresistible four-ingredient caramelized sugar frosting. For those who can’t get enough, there are plenty more chocolate cake recipes where this one came from. Are you a baking novice? No problem! With Betty’s cake making tips — from choosing pans to frosting layered cakes and everything in between — you’ll be a pro in no time at all.
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