Mexican Chocolate Cake on the 4th of July

Yesterday for the 4th of July, we got together for a cookout with our American (and Canadian!) friends.  It rained, so we ate and grilled on a patio at our friends’ house and had a wonderful time.  We ate grilled chicken, potato salad, fruit salad, and chips.  For dessert there was apple crisp, brownies, and this chocolate cake. I hesitated about making a Mexican chocolate cake, since the other food was so all-american, but I think it was appropriately festive and summery.  Such a good meal!  I haven’t had one like it in a long time.

The recipe for this cake is from Real Simple and I added mangos on top instead of strawberries since we don’t have them.  What makes this cake special is the cinnamon and small bit of cayenne pepper in it.  One friend suggested putting durian fruit on top next time!

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