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nutella cupcakes

February 5th is World Nutella Day. Hold on... today is February 5th, and I just serendipitously have a Nutella recipe to share with you all. 

I missed International Bacon Day,  Biscuit Day, and even National Julienne Fries Day (August 12 in case you were wondering...).

I keep track of time by tests, track practices, hours wasted on Pinterest, and the occasional high school party -- not by the food blogging calender of seasonal recipes and National Fondant Day.  I baked with pumpkin in July.  I made pina colada popsicles last week.  #YOLO 

But today, the odds were in my favor. And my crazy little baking whim just happened to coincide with an international holiday.

This is not just any old Nutella Recipe, this is the ultimate glorification of the chocolaty spread. This recipe uses two entire jars of Nutella.  Tempted?  Keep reading.

I started with my favorite, mind-bogglingly easy chocolate cupcake recipe,  filled it with generous spoonfuls of Nutella, topped it with a big swirl of Nutella buttercream (this stuff is dangerous I almost piped about half of it straight into my mouth), and a Ferrero Rocher. 

So on this glorious morning of Feburary 5th, let's pay homage to Nutella by baking a batch of these sinfully awesome cupcakes.  If you're in a pinch, a fresh jar and a big metal spoon would do.

What's your favorite way to eat Nutella?

With love,

Erica's Best Chocolate Cupcakes Ever
Adapted from My Baking Addiction

1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon coffee granules dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.   Line 24 muffin wells with paper liners.
Beat together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla and instant coffee mixture until well combined.
Distribute the batter between 24 muffin wells. (I like to use an ice cream scoop)
Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the tops of the cakes spring back when lightly touched. Allow cupcakes to cool inside muffin tins for about 10 minutes.
Remove cupcakes from muffin tins and allow to fully cool on a wire rack. Once cupcakes are cool, prepare your frosting.

Nutella Buttercream Frosting

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 13-ounce jar of Nutella
pinch of fine grain sea salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1.5 pounds confectioners’ sugar

6-8 tablespoons milk

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and shortening until well combined, thick and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Slowly add in confectioner’s sugar, and continue mixing until well blended.
Add salt, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk. Blend on low speed until moistened. Add an additional 3-5 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk until you reach the desired consistency. Beat at high speed until frosting is smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Set aside 1/4 of the mixture to use as the vanilla buttercream.  Add the Nutella to the remaining mixture and beat for another 3 minutes.

How to Assemble:

Additional Ingredients:
24 Ferrero Rocher candies
melted chocolate for drizzling

  1. Bake chocolate cupcakes and allow them to cool completely.
  2. Hollow out each cupcake I used a cupcake corer, but an apple corer would work just as well.
  3. Fill a piping bag with a 13 oz. jar of Nutella and pipe the Nutella into the center of each cupcake. 
  4. Prepare the Nutella Buttercream, reserving 1/4 of the vanilla buttercream before adding the Nutella. 
  5. Prepare a piping bag with a round tip, and fill with Nutella buttercream. 
  6. Prepare a piping bag with a star tip, and fill with vanilla buttercream. 
  7. Pipe a swirl of Nutella buttercream on each cupcake, and drizzle with melted chocolate.
  8. Top with a swirl of vanilla buttercream and a Ferrero Rocher.
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  1. OK, one, pina colada popsicles are ALWAYS a good idea no matter what time of year it is :), and two, these cupcakes? OHMYWORD. So much deliciousness going on there.

  2. omg yessssss! Nutella heaven!! I would just shove one of these entirely into my face, asap.

    1. Hahaha I wish I had some left to shove into my face! My school DEMOLISHED these!

  3. Oh my god. You really have to stop with these totally amazingly gorgeous looking cupcakes! I'm. Drooling.

    1. Thanks! I feel as though I'm going through a COMPLETE cupcake craze right now.

  4. These look amazing! My friends and I might just have to make them for Valentine's Day... :)

    1. Thank you! These would be awesome for Valentines Day!

    2. I just put the frosting up on my blog :)

    3. Looks delish! Thanks for sharing Sophia!

  5. Hawt dayuuuuum. Anything with Nutella. Gimmmmme.

  6. These look so good! Like a super-Nutella injected version of my Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes w/ Nutella Buttercream, which is always a good thing. Yum! Definitely trying these.

    1. I saw your Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes and they look AWESOME!

  7. I need to make these! I like how they are relatively simple but have a creative recipe and look so impressive! Great job
    XX Ally

  8. 2 entire jars of Nutella?! Now that is just awesome! These cupcakes look like something out of a magazine. :)

    1. I like to go all out ;). Thank you so much Erika!

  9. A crazy piece of greed with those gorgeous little cake! Amazing job, so glad to know your blog :)

    1. Thank you so much! I checked out your blog and it is very cool!

  10. I made these and they were a huge hit. I wish i could pin this post to Pinterest and share it with the world..

    1. Thank you Michelle! I am glad you liked them! And you CAN pin this recipe! There is a "pin it" button right at the top of this post!

  11. Wow! These look amazing! Not a big coffee fan, can you taste the coffee and do you have an alternate recommendation? You are a Nutella genius!

  12. Wow! These look amazing! I'm not a coffee fan (crazy, I know) can you taste the coffee and do you have an alternate suggestion instead of coffee? You are a Nutella Genius ;)

    1. Thank you! You can't taste the coffee -- it just enhances the chocolate flavor. However, if you are opposed to coffee/don't have any in the house, just sub in water and it will still be delicious!

  13. These are the best cupcakes I've ever had, hands down. Made them for work a few weeks ago, and my coworkers agreed. Making another batch today for my sister-in-law. Thank you for sharing!

    1. That makes me so happy! I am sure that your co-workers were happy that they have such a good baker on their team! ;) Glad you enjoyed!

  14. When you say cake mix which one?

  15. Looks amazing! Do you have a recipe for the vanilla buttercream?

  16. Looks amazing! Do you have a recipe for the vanilla buttercream?

    1. Yes I do! Just enter vanilla buttercream in the search box

  17. Wow now these look good, thanks for sharing.


  18. Wow now these look good, thanks for sharing.



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