Spicy Chocolate and Brazil Nut Cake Recipe for Mother’s Day

A celebration spicy chocolate cake for Mother’s day.

Cake Ingredients:
300 gr quality dark chocolate min 70% cocoa
15 cardamom pods seeded, crushed – discard the husks
6 free range eggs, separated, beat the yolks and whisk the whites till stiff
100gr grounded  Brazil nuts – blitz them in a food processor
1/2 tsp coarsely ground dries red chillies
175gr butter softened
175gr sugar
25gr plain flour

yield: 8-10 servings

120ml water 
5 tbsp sugar 
8 whole dried chillies
15 whole cardamom pods

23cm spring form cake tin,  parchment paper, 2 bowls and 1 pan for bain-marie and 1 for the syrup.

1. Preheat oven to 160C.
2. Grease and line the bottom of the mould with parchment paper
3. Melt the chocolate gently in bain-marie, the bowl shouldn’t touch the simmering water.
4. Add the pounded cardamom seeds to the melted chocolate, set aside to cool
5. Mix the grounded Brazil nuts, softened butter, sugar, chillies, the flour well and then  add the egg yolks lightly beaten.
6. In a mixing bowl whisk eggs whites till stiff and mix into the above batter mixture very gently.
7. Add the melted chocolate and cardamom to the batter.
8. Pour  the batter into the prepared mould and bake for 45-55mins.

while the cake is baking – prepared the syrup:
Heat the water, the sugar, cardamon pods and chillies till  a syrup forms. Set aside.

Pour the syrup over the warm cake.
serve with cream or vanilla ice cream.



  1. Anonymous
    March 12, 2012 / 1:27 pm

    Oi Amiga,
    Parece deliciosa sua sobremesa!
    Você está muito prendada!!!

  2. March 12, 2012 / 3:41 pm

    wow, that looks seriously spicy and so good!
    Have a nice week Rosana 🙂

  3. Juliana Porto
    March 12, 2012 / 4:47 pm


    This cake seems to be just wonderful! I will try to cook it!

    Have a great Week!

  4. March 12, 2012 / 11:22 pm

    Thanks and if you try baking the cake send me a picture of the result and I will upload it (with credit) to this post. Have a great week! Rx

  5. March 23, 2012 / 3:51 am

    Mouth watering!! I've got goosebumps the moment I see the cake ^^

  6. December 13, 2013 / 11:21 am

    Yummy! The look so delicious!
    wow, awesome pics
    Those are beautiful! I love the topping on the second Cookies
    Looks Wonderful.
    Wow that is amazing.