The other weekend it was my lovely friend Claire’s Hen Do in Brighton so of course I wanted to bake some delicious treats for the bride-to-be and the fellow hens to enjoy over the few days when we weren’t playing the 10p machines on the pier or dancing the night away. So what do you make for a girl who love Nutella enough to bathe in the stuff…why, Nutella chocolate cupcakes of course.
I googled a few recipes and found some inspiration along the way but decided to modify a few of the recipes to suit the ingredients I had and I was pretty pleased with how they turned out. I posted a few snaps on my instagram (@pinkpixiedoll) and got you all salivating over these chocolate-y creations and left you asking me to share the recipe so here you go! If you’ve got the bug for baking since the return of Great British Bake Off (I know I have) then maybe you could whip some up this Bank Holiday Weekend?
For the chocolate cupcakes (makes around 12)
6oz soft butter
6 oz caster sugar
3 free range eggs
8oz self raising flour
3 tbsp of cocoa powder
1 tbsp of Nutella
Whizz up the butter and sugar together until the mixture is soft and combined. Add the eggs and half the flour and whizz. Add in the rest of the flour, cocoa powder and Nutella and mix until the mixture is smooth. If it feels too stiff then add a splash of milk.
Spoon until cupcake cases and bake in the oven at 180 degrees celsius for 20-25 minutes but keep an eye on them. Once you think they’re done then bring them out and spear one of the cakes with a sharp knife to check the mixture is cooked all the way through. Leave to cool on a cooling rack.
For the Nutella buttercream
8oz of soft butter
8oz of icing sugar
2 tbsp of cocoa powder
The rest of a 200g jar of Nutella
Make sure your butter is super soft and then gently whizz in the icing sugar bit by bit until it is all combined. Then add the cocoa and Nutella and continue to mix until the buttercream feels soft and ‘pipe-able’. Again, add a splash of milk if necessary.
Once the cupcakes are completely cooled you are ready to pipe. I used a star-shaped nozzle to create my swirls on top – if you are unsure on the best technique to create nice neat frosting on your cupcakes then YouTube has a tonne of ‘how-to’ videos.
Finish with half a strawberry and keep cool until you are ready to indulge! 🙂 Do let me know and tag me in a photo if you do give these cakes a whirl this weekend!