Nutella Cupcakes

Rich chocolate fudge cupcakes topped with creamy Nutella buttercream frosting. You will be baking these gorgeous cupcakes over and over again!


I first shared a Nutella cupcake recipe in the first few months after I started my blog. I remember I spent years baking cupcakes and experimenting with buttercream recipes. This frosting is pure heaven for any Nutella lover. It has an a gorgeous light Nutella flavour and it doesn’t distract or overpower chocolate flavour of the cupcakes, making this combo a heavenly match.

The recipe comes with a warning. You will probably devour it before you even get a chance to ice the cupcakes. I piped a beautiful swirl of frosting onto each cupcake, using my favourite open star nozzle – I love the fact the icing has the look and texture of whippy/soft serve ice cream!


After swirling each cupcake with the heavenly buttercream I decorated each cupcake with chocolate sprinkles and Ferrero Rocher chocolates. I also decorated a few of the cupcakes which weren’t pictured with chopped toasted hazelnuts but feel free to decorate in any way that takes your fancy. I love decorating these with chocolate M&M’s or fresh raspberries.


(Makes 12)


Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes – 

1 cup (120g) plain flour (all-purpose)

1 cup + 2 tbsp (225g) granulated sugar

1/3 cup (35g) cocoa powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup (120g) unsalted butter, melted and still warm 

2 large free-range eggs, at room temperature 

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup (120ml) freshly brewed coffee or boiling water

Nutella Buttercream – 

1/2 cup + 2 tbsp (150g) unsalted butter, softened

3 cups (300g) icing (confectioners’) sugar, sifted

1 tsp vanilla extract

200g Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread

3-4 tbsp double cream or milk


  1. To make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line a cupcake tin with 10-12 paper liners and set aside. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda and salt until combined.
  2. Add the melted butter, eggs and vanilla and beat until incorporated.
  3. Add half the boiling water/coffee and continue to beat the mixture.
  4. Add the remaining water and continue to beat until smooth. Equally distribute the cupcake batter between the paper liners, filling 2/3 of the way up – I use an ice cream scoop to do this or you can use a pouring jug.
  5. Bake the cupcakes for 18-20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out completely clean when inserted into the centre of the cupcake. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then carefully remove and place on a wire rack to finish cooling fully.
  6. To make the frosting: In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the softened butter, mix on a low speed to soften slightly.
  7. Add the icing sugar and starting on a low speed mix until the butter and sugar are combined. Then turn the speed up to medium and beat for 5-7 minutes or until creamy and fluffy. Make sure you scrape down the sides of the mixer halfway through to ensure even mixing.
  8. Now add the Nutella and cream and beat until combined.
  9. To decorate the cupcakes: Fit a disposable piping bag with your favourite piping nozzle. Fill the bag with the frosting. Pipe even swirls of the frosting on each cupcake.
  10. Finish with a choice of chocolate sprinkles, Ferrero Rocher chocolates or chopped toasted hazelnuts. Enjoy!


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