Chocolate cupcakes with Nutella® buttercream icing

    1 hour 5 min

    My daughter requested Nutella® cupcakes for her birthday and these were the result! They're deliciously rich! Decorate them with chopped hazelnuts for grown ups and chocolate sprinkles for the kids.


    County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK
    81 people made this

    Makes: 12 cupcakes

    • For the cupcakes
    • 60g good quality (70%) cocoa powder
    • 4 or 5 tablespoons boiling hot water
    • 175g unsalted butter, softened
    • 175g caster sugar
    • 120g self-raising flour
    • 1 level teaspoon baking powder
    • 3 eggs
    • For the Nutella® icing
    • 120g butter, softened
    • 120g icing sugar
    • 200g Nutella®
    • 2 or 3 tablespoons double cream
    • Chopped hazelnuts, for decorating
    • Chocolate sprinkles, for decorating

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:20min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C / Gas mark 6. Line 2 - 12 hole bun trays with colourful paper cases.
    2. Sift the cocoa into a large bowl; add 4 tablespoons of boiling water and mix into a thick chocolate syrup, adding more water if you needed. Add the softened butter, sugar, self-raising flour, baking powder and eggs. Mix with electric beaters until smooth and evenly mixed.
    3. Spoon teaspoons of the mixture into the paper cases, filling them 3/4 full. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes, or until the sponge mixture has risen and the cupcakes spring back when you touch them. Remove from the oven; cool on a wire rack.
    4. To make the Nutella® icing: Beat the softened butter in a large bowl; sift in the icing sugar, then mix with an electric beater until smooth. Add Nutella® and cream, mixing again until evenly distributed.
    5. Spoon into a piping bag with a number 5 star nozzle. Pipe icing evenly on top of each cupcake. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles, chopped hazelnuts or however you like.

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    Made the Nutella buttercream icing it was my first time baking anything and i used this on my giant cupcake got to say it was a hit with the family 😊  -  24 Jun 2015


    Be sure to fill the cases 3/4 full just as it says - I read it and thought no surely that's not right! But I should have listened, cause they really don't rise much at all. But even if they are a bit on the flat side they still came out tasty and soft. Will probably be using this again.  -  06 Sep 2016


    those are the best chocolate muffins EVER!  -  24 Oct 2015