Nutella-chocolate cupcake with Nutella frosting

The weather here is getting warmer and it's time to cull out some of my winter stash of bread spreads . I bought this big jar of Nutella last year because it was on sale , yeah , I just can't resist a good bargain !

I tinkered with one of my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe , this is my to-go recipe whenever somebody here wants me to bake a cake . What I love about this fool-proof recipe from Cooks' Illustrated is how easy it is to make , no creaming and no heavy mixing and you only use a whisk to mix everything , so less things to wash afterwards . 

I need to use up some of the Nutella so instead of bittersweet chocolate in the original recipe , in goes the chocolate-hazelnut spread . Initially , I was planning to use the same amount of chocolate , which is 84 grams but I tasted the mixture before chilling it and it tastes well , really chocolaty . That is well and good but I want more Nutella taste so I whisk in some more . Of course , I crossed my fingers that my substitutions will work and I won't list the tweaked recipe as " another failed experiment " . Surprisingly , it turned out pretty well with wonderful moist texture and the beautiful dome top ! 

Taste wise it was sinfully chocolaty but with only subtle Nutella taste , which is a big letdown , I think the taste is muted by the strong coffee that I used . Or maybe it needs more Nutella , perhaps 250 grams will be much better ?! Oh well ! The frosting tastes delightful though and will definitely use it again next time ! I'll update this post the next time I have the urge to bake cupcakes ......  

Recipe adapted from Cook's Illustrated Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes via Pink Parsley , with some tweaks 

150 grams Nutella 
28 grams ( Valrhona ) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
3/4 cup hot coffee 
117 grams bread flour 
130 grams sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons canola oil 
2 eggs , at room temperature
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla

* Preheat oven to 350°F . Line 12 cup ( 2 3/4 x 1-inch ) standard muffin pan with liners , set aside .

* Place Nutella and cocoa powder in a bowl and pour hot coffee over the mixture , whisk until smooth . Refrigerate for 20 minutes . 

* Meanwhile , mix the flour , sugar , salt and baking soda , set aside . 

* Whisk oil , eggs , vinegar and vanilla into the cooled chocolate mixture . Add in the flour mixture and whisk until smooth , the batter will be thin/runny .

* Divide batter evenly between muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean . 

* Place pan on the wire rack and let cupcakes cool in the pan for 20 minutes . Transfer cupcakes into the wire rack and let them cool completely before frosting . 

For the frosting : Please check original recipe @ Sweetapolita 

80 grams salted butter
70 grams icing sugar 
95 grams Nutella 
45 grams bittersweet chocolate , melted and slightly cooled ( 15-20 minutes ) 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 

* Place butter into the bowl and sift in the icing sugar . Beat together , starting on low speed first for few seconds then turn to medium speed until mixture is smooth , 2 minutes . Add in the Nutella , chocolate and vanilla , beat on medium speed for another 2 minutes . This frosting is enough for a dozen cupcake . Pipe or spread frosting onto the cooled cupcakes . 


  1. 很贵气的小蛋糕

  2. I am trying darn hard to go on a low-carb diet and you are just making it even more difficult, Anne. These cupcakes look absolutely HEAVENLY!!

  3. Very beautiful cupcakes Anne! Haha no chance of having leftover Nutella in my house, my kids will eat it all.

  4. Good Afternoon Anne, Believe me, in my book, there is not such a thing as too much chocolate. I love chocolate and your nutella chocolate cupcakes are right up my street.... I just know I am going to adore them.
    Best Wishes to you.

  5. Your cupcakes are gorgeous! I think I pulled a similar recipe off the web to make for Nick's birthday this month. I'll definitely compare the two.The frosting looks perfect, too!!!

  6. Oh my goodness Anne, can I have a dozen of these !!! Boy they look yummy... Enjoy & have a lovely day dear.
    Blessings, Kristy

  7. Anne,
    Oh!! They are simply gorgeous!
    Again I love the cupcakes cases,
    they looks beautiful with the red small dots,
    I love the dome up cupcakes, they cute and
    I love the sexy frosting most. Simply superb!

  8. Whoa! I am drooling! Love your piping skills, perfectly done! Too sinful to eat lol!


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