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Frosted Nutella cupcake

Nutella Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream Frosting

Mary
These chocolate cupcakes are moist and rich, filled with nutella, and topped with the silkiest nutella buttercream frosting. The cupcakes are an easy one bowl recipe – no electric mixer needed. They're the perfect cupcakes for a chocolate/nutella lover.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Baking, cupcakes, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cupcakes

Ingredients
 
 

Cupcakes

  • ½ cup hot water
  • ½ teaspoon instant coffee
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk room temperature see notes for alternatives
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all purpose flour 120g
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder 43g
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

Nutella Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar (icing sugar) sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup nutella
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder sifted
  • 3-5 tablespoons heavy cream whipping cream

Assembly

  • ½ cup nutella
  • ½ cup hazelnuts toasted, roughly chopped

Instructions
 

Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 180°C (355°F). Put liners into a 12 hole regular sized cupcake tin. Add instant coffee into the hot water and mix until dissolved. Set aside.
    ½ cup hot water, ½ teaspoon instant coffee
  • In a large bowl, whisk together egg, sugars, salt, and vanilla until it lightens in colour. Add buttermilk and oil, whisk to combine.
    ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup granulated sugar, ⅛ teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, ½ cup buttermilk room temperature, ½ cup vegetable oil, 1 large egg
  • Sift cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda right into the bowl. Fold with a whisk until just combined. Add dissolved instant coffee into the batter and fold. Sift the flour into the bowl and fold until just combined.
    6 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 cup all purpose flour
  • Scoop batter into the lined muffin tins, ¾ of the way full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool for 10 minutes before removing from the muffin tin.

Nutella Frosting

  • Place softened butter into a large bowl or stand mixer. Beat the butter with a paddle attachment for 3-5 minutes or until very light and fluffy. The more you beat the lighter the frosting will be.
    1 cup unsalted butter
  • Add powdered sugar (start off with 1 cup). Beat for 2-3 minutes or until it becomes light and fluffy again. Add sea salt, vanilla, nutella, and sifted cocoa powder. Beat until well combined and fluffy. Taste to see if you want to add more powdered sugar.
    1-2 cups powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 5 tablespoons cocoa powder, ¾ cup nutella
  • Add the whipping cream gradually, until the frosting loosens up and you get a silky smooth consistency. Do beat for too long after adding cream or the frosting might curdle.
    3-5 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Place the nutella buttercream into a piping bag with a star piping tip or the end snipped off. I used a Wilton 1M tip.

Assembly

  • Cut the centers out of the cupcakes with a small knife or apple corer. Do not cut all the way to the bottom of the cupcakes. Remove middles and fill with Nutella in a piping bag (or sandwich bag with the end snipped off). Save the cupcake centers as a snack or press them on top of the nutella.
    ½ cup nutella
  • Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. To make them look like mine, start piping from the center of the cupcake to the edges, and then continue to pipe another layer along the edge, leaving the center open. Sprinkle the cupcakes with chopped toasted hazelnuts and enjoy!
    ½ cup hazelnuts

Notes

The frosted cupcakes can be left at room temperature for up to 4 hours. Store them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Let them come to room temperature before enjoying so that the frosting becomes soft again.
Keyword chocolate cupcakes, Nutella Buttercream, nutella cupcakes
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