Monday, March 23, 2015

Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

These cupcakes are AMAZING!! I made these for one of the counseling groups I work with and they LOVED them!! 

Chocolate Cupcakes

1 cup water
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Nutella Frosting

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup Nutella
3 tbsp heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Cupcake Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 14 muffin cups with liners.
  2. Boil the water in a small saucepan. Pour the unsweetened cocoa powder into a medium sized bowl and mix with the boiling water until smooth. Allow to cool in the refrigerator as you prepare the other ingredients. 
  3. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, using an electric hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time. Beat in the vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour mixture and beat until just combined. 
  5. Add the cooled cocoa mixture.
  6. Fill each muffin tin 3/4 of the way full with batter. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

Frosting Directions

  1. Beat softened butter on medium speed for 2-3 minutes. 
  2. Add the powdered sugar and continue to beat on medium speed. 
  3. Add the Nutella and continue to beat.
  4. Add the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Beat until you have a good consistency. If the frosting is to thick, add more heavy cream. If the frosting is to thin, add more powdered sugar. 
  5. Add a pinch of salt to cut the sweetness. 
  6. Frost the cupcakes using a number 11 decorating tip. 

I got this wonderful recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.

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