Tuesday, October 14, 2008

How To Make Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes

Photo by Debbie R.

There are certain days that really truly warrant a sugar-frosted cupcake. Sometimes they're for positive reasons, maybe you scored a 900 in Skee Ball or made a dazzling first impression on that quiet boy who reads Kafka outside of coffee shops - other times they're a necessity needed to brighten up dreary days. Whatever the cause, there's no better way to end the day than with a glorious evening cupcake and a fresh pot of tea.

At the request of a certain someone in the Twitterverse, here's my super-secret recipe for a particularly scrumptious cupcake that's guaranteed to send your taste-buds careening off into the outer reaches of the universe - just in case you're having one of those cupcake-worthy days.

The Ingredients!
2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1 teasp baking powder
1 teasp baking soda
½ teasp salt
¾ cup butter, room temp.
2 cups granulated white sugar
3 eggs
1 teasp vanilla extract
1½ cups milk
3 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 package Nutella

The Method!
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
in one bowl.
3. In another large bowl, cream butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
4. Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla; beat thoroughly.
5. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture and slowly incorporate the milk, beating well after each addition

6. Add melted chocolate and beat thoroughly. You might want to let the mixer run for thirty seconds or so just to combine all the ingredients but be careful not to over-whip!
7. Pour into baking cups
and bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool until room temperature.
8. Poke a small hole into the center of each cupcake and pipe a dollop of Nutella into each one. A pastry bag works well for the job, but if you don't have one simply spoon a few dollops of Nutella into a zip-lock bag, snip off one of the corners using a pair of scissors and use that in the same manner.
10. Frost the cupcake with a swirl of Nutella. If you want to be super fancy, you can try out your decorating skills by sprinkling powdered sugar or melted white chocolate on top, too.
11. Serve immediately!

I hope all your days are pink frosted and cupcake-sweet, bunnies!

Penelope ♥


My Stifled Laughter said...

Oh my. The best-tasting heart attack ever? :D

frani_bee said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you I needed a recipe for food tech at school tomorrow and I wanted to make something really cool.
Thanks Penelope!

Leeann said...

Oh my goodness do these sound amazing! I'm making them as soon as I can get my hands on some Nutella. (Actually, if anyone wants to try making a homemade version of Nutella I have a recipe bookmarked here: http://bakingbites.com/2008/02/chocolate-hazelnut-spread/ Haven't tried it yet, though, so I can't really vouch.)