Although regular cinnamon may be substituted for the Saigon Cinnamon we listed in this recipe, try if possible to use the Mexican Chili Powder if you can. The Mexican Chili Powder (found at our local supermarket) had a sweeter and more mellow spiciness than the regular chili powder we had in our spice cabinet and is best suited for this recipe.
- 1¼ cups granulated sugar, divided
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup Hershey’s Cocoa, divided
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoons Saigon Cinnamon (or regular cinnamon)
- ¾ teaspoon Mexican Chili Powder
- ½ cup milk
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1¼ cups hot water
- Cinnamon Ice Cream, if desired for serving
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a pot of water on the stove to very hot (just under a simmer).
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine ¾ cup of the granulated sugar, flour, ¼ cup of the cocoa, baking powder, salt, Saigon Cinnamon and Mexican Chili Powder. Stir in milk, melted butter and vanilla and mix until smooth.
- Pour the batter into an ungreased 2-quart dish (as shown in our photos) or a 9-inch square baking pan and spread evenly.
- In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ½ cup granulated sugar, remaining ¼ cup cocoa and brown sugar, and mix well. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the batter in your dish or pan. Pour the hot water over the top – but do not stir!
- Bake 35-40 minutes if using a dish (or 30-35 minutes if using the 9×9 pan) – or until the center is almost set. Remove your dish from the oven and allow it to stand for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, spoon the cake into individual serving bowls – making sure to spoon the fudgy sauce from the bottom of the pan over the top of the cake. Add a scoop of cinnamon ice cream if desired and serve immediately.