Ultimate Nutella Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Ultimate Nutella Cupcakes feature my perfectly moist chocolate cupcake base which is filled with Nutella, topped with Nutella buttercream, and garnished with a Ferrero Rocher candy! It’s Nutella perfection!

NUTELLA OVERDOSE!!! Ultimate Nutella Cupcakes feature my perfectly moist chocolate cupcake base which is filled with Nutella, topped with Nutella buttercream, and garnished with a Ferrero Rocher candy! It's Nutella perfection!

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Nutella overdose in the best possible way.
Texture: The cupcake is moist and tender, but sturdy enough to be filled with smooth and creamy Nutella and topped with thick and luscious Nutella buttercream. HEAVEN.
Ease: Totally doable, but a little messy.
Pros: Amazing chocolate hazelnut decadence.
Cons: None!!
Would I make this again? Absolutely.

There’s something magical about these Ultimate Nutella Cupcakes.

Ultimate Nutella Cupcakes feature my perfectly moist chocolate cupcake base which is filled with Nutella, topped with Nutella buttercream, and garnished with a Ferrero Rocher candy! It's Nutella perfection!

Nutella is pretty magical on its own, but when stuffed inside my best chocolate cupcake recipe and added into a buttercream frosting… well you just can’t beat that. I’d love to travel back in time to the first person to combine chocolate and hazelnuts and see the look on their face as they take that historic first bite.

Ultimate Nutella Cupcakes feature my perfectly moist chocolate cupcake base which is filled with Nutella, topped with Nutella buttercream, and garnished with a Ferrero Rocher candy! It's Nutella perfection!

So basically, a time machine would be completely wasted on me.

That’s okay because time travel isn’t required to enjoy all the random discoveries and inventions people have made with food and baking over the years. It’s easy to point out the differences between baking powder and baking soda, or why an extra egg yolk added to cakes, brownies, and cookies adds richness, moisture, and a chewy texture now.

But I can’t imagine the people who had to figure all that out in order for us to enjoy the array of baked goodies and treats we enjoy today!

Ultimate Nutella Cupcakes feature my perfectly moist chocolate cupcake base which is filled with Nutella, topped with Nutella buttercream, and garnished with a Ferrero Rocher candy! It's Nutella perfection!

If you want to up your cupcake game, then be sure to check out my post on How to Make Perfect Cupcakes here.

AND, for my best buttercream tips, including how to store, customize flavors, and my favorite decorative piping tips, download my FREE Buttercream Cheatsheet:

How to make
Ultimate Nutella Cupcakes

Recipe By Tessa Arias, Handle the Heat
Yield: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

Ingredients

For the chocolate cupcakes:

4 ounces (113 grams) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/3 cup (30 grams) Dutch-process cocoa
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1/2 cup boiling water
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (113 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (50 grams) packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup (114 grams) sour cream, at room temperature
1/4 cup (50 grams) vegetable oil
2 large eggs plus one egg yolk, at room temperature
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the filling:

1/2 cup (150 grams) Nutella

For the Nutella buttercream:

2 cups (250 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
8 ounces (227 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup (200 grams) Nutella
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Ferrero rocher candies, for topping

Directions

Make the cupcakes:

In a medium heatproof bowl add the chocolate, cocoa powder, and espresso powder. Pour hot water over mixture. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk mixture gently until smooth then set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with foil or paper liners.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugars, salt, and baking soda.

Whisk sour cream, oil, eggs, egg yolk, vinegar, and vanilla into the cooled chocolate mixture until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture until smooth, being careful not to overmix.

Using a spring-loaded scoop, divide the batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Bake until cupcakes are set and firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Let cupcakes cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan to cool completely, about 1 hour. Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 day.

Fill the cupcakes:

Use an apple corer or small paring knife to remove the center of each cupcake, being careful not to remove the bottom.

Place the Nutella in a ziptop bag and snip a hole in one corner. Gently squeeze 2 teaspoons of Nutella into each cupcake.

Make the frosting:

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase the speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes. Add the Nutella, salt, and vanilla and beat on medium for 1 minute, or until well combined.

Fit a piping bag with a decorative tip and frost all the cupcakes. Top with a Ferrero Rocher candy, if desired. Serve or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 day, or in the fridge for up to 3 days.

About Tessa...

Tessa is a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. She loves to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. She's on a mission to make the world a more unapologetically DELICIOUS place. Tessa lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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7 Responses to “Ultimate Nutella Cupcakes”

  1. #
    Kelly | Maverick Baking — August 1, 2016 at 5:23 am

    I want to bury my face in that buttercream. That is all. Wow.

  2. #
    Donika@whenfetametolive — August 1, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    These look amazing! My kids would love them 🙂

  3. #
    Kathryn @ Hungry Little Bear — August 2, 2016 at 4:32 am

    Oh wow, that chocolate cupcake is what dreams are made of, so glossy and squidgy!

  4. #
    Chloe — August 2, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Hi. Love your awesome blog. In your frosting method u mentioned add salt vanilla and “cream” but don’t see the “cream” listed in your ingredients list. Hope u can clarify. Thanks so much. Hope to try this moist cake. Chloe

  5. #
    max — August 5, 2016 at 11:22 am

    One of My favorite item,thanks for sharing this recipe! It looks delicious !

  6. #
    Natalie — December 1, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Can I bake a cake using the same recipe as for the cupcake recipe given above?

  7. #
    Jan — December 6, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Hey! Love these cupcakes, just wanted to ask, what does the sour cream do in the batter? That was all, thanks for the awesome recipe!

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