nutella swirl cupcakes with nutella frosting

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for my family’s annual christmas party i made nutella cupcakes.  although really pretty they were a fail 😦  they were dry and dense.  yuck.  oh well, i’ll definitely try again because the nutella frosting was delicious, just the cake part was terrible.  i included the recipe below in case you want to try them, maybe yours will turn out better.  if you like nutella, i would definitely recommend the frosting!

also, my mom has the best little kitchen gadget.  it’s this tube looking thing that measures sticky or goopey stuff easily.  there’s a picture of me using it to measure the nutella.  it’s just so much easier than using a spatula and measuring cup.   it’s made by pampered chef. check it out!

Nutella Swirl Cupcakes


  • 10 tbsp butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups sifted flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 12 tsp Nutella


  1. Cream together butter and sugar until light, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in eggs on at a time, until fully incorporated. The batter may not look smooth, this is fine.  Add vanilla.
  3. Stir in flour, salt, and baking powder until batter is smooth and all flour is blended.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop, fill each muffin liner with batter.
  5. Cups should be 3/4 full if you’re not using a scoop.
  6. Top each cake with about 1 tsp Nutella.
  7. Swirl Nutella in with a toothpick, folding a little batter up and over the Nutella as well.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Remove to wire rack and allow to cool before frosting.

Nutella Frosting

from Sourkraut blog


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup nutella
  • 8 ounces powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) of milk or cream


  1. Cream together the butter and Nutella until blended.
  2. Add the powdered sugar gradually until ingredients are combined.
  3. Mix on high speed, adding cream until frosting is smooth and creamy.
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