I live next door to Pinisi Cafe, an unassuming, under-the-radar bakery in the East Village. This morning the owner showed me his new "Ghost Chille" cupcake which is sweet, spicy, chocolately, buttercreamy, and scorching hot at the same time.
According to the owner (who is Indonesian), it's made with the Ghost Chili, the hottest chili pepper in the world with some crazy btu number. The chocolate cake part and pecan pie filling are all infused with this chili, and It's got a white buttercream top sprinkled with red chili bits. He warned me, smiling, "it's really hot ---if you can't take spice, it's not for you."
I almost laughed at this dare, saying, "i'm Asian, i can definitely take chiles, bring it!"
I tried it right now, and wow.... it is really interestingly good. At first bite, the initial flavor is of chocolate cupcake. And then the chili part hits... slowly, heat spreading, to a strong prickly sensation like the biting mouse-chiles that I had in Thailand. It is pretty hot for a dessert. and any more heat level than that would kill the chocolate, so it's perfect.
Addictingly, i keep going back for more and more bites, even though my eyes are watering and my tongue is all tingly.
The owner guy is so nice, and he has no idea what a blog is. He told me he can make them mild, medium, or hot levels to your liking (i'm assuming you'd have to buy them in bulk for these special requests). i believe he is still tinkering with the recipe.
Pinisi also has great Indonesian Sarabba (warm, sweet ginger type of drink), and a killer Red Velvet Cupcake.