05 February 2010

Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

So, World Nutella Day is today, February 5, and in order to assist you in celebrating this illustrious holiday, I present to you a slammin' chocolate cupcake recipe from my friend Samantha (who brought us this and this) and an AMAZING Nutella frosting.  If you've never had Nutella, stop reading this, go to the store, and report back once you've bought some.  I'll wait.

Got it?  Good.  Let's move on.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Start with one box of chocolate cake mix.

Using the measurements on the cake mix box as your guide, make the following changes:

-Replace the oil with melted butter
-Replace the water with chocolate milk
-Add one box instant chocolate pudding.

Line muffin pans with paper liners, fill, and bake according to box directions.  I was able to get 16 large and 12 mini muffins out of this recipe.  When they are finished baking, remove to racks to cool.

In the meantime, prepare your frosting and learn more about World Nutella Day from its creators - here and here.

Nutella Frosting
from The Unrepentant Carbivore

1 c. powdered sugar
1 c. Nutella
5 tbsp. unsalted butter at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 c. heavy cream

Combine first five ingredients in the bowl of your KA mixer (or use a handheld electric mixer) and beat until ingredients are fully combined and mixture is fluffy.  Add the cream and beat until it is fully incorporated and the batter is "light and smooth".

Frost the cupcakes and immediately bring at least a dozen to the neighbor's house, as I did.  Otherwise, you will end up eating them all, and nobody wants to get sick on World Nutella Day, right?


The Food Hunter said...

Great use of nutella

Carin said...

I'm not a baker. My roommate loves nutella and wanted something chocolte/hazelnut for her birthday cake, though, so I decided to try. I followed your directions for both the cake mix and frosting (adding a small bottle of frangelico to the cake batter) and it turned out unbelievably delicious. I put a generous amount of chopped toasted hazelnuts on the top of each cupcake and they looked good, too. Everyone was like "Wow! I didn't know you could bake!" I still can't bake, but I am forever thankful that you can and that you shared your secret recipe with the world. Thank you.

kalopez said...

Just made the frosting...delicious, so creamy, too! I was out of heavy cream so I used about 1/4 cup of half and half and added a little more butter. Thanks so much!