Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

Welcome to Day #3 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

I’m having a blast sharing these great recipes and giveaway’s this week! For one thing, it’s a lot of things I don’t usually make, so now I will have my freezer stocked with desserts for Christmas and be able to give some away to my neighbor’s and my daughter’s daycare teacher’s. Since it is a lot of things I don’t usually make, I also get to expand on my baking experience. Plus, I love doing giveaways, especially this close to Christmas, so make sure you check out today’s right after the recipe, and don’t forget to check out the other great recipes being shared today!

I had a small package of chopped hazelnut’s in my cabinet that I wanted to include somehow in a Christmas Week recipe, and my daughter has been asking for cupcakes, so I decided I wanted to make chocolate hazelnut cupcakes. Of course I had to research some recipes, and I finally adapted one from Bird On A Cake that sounded really good.

Good.  Yeah, these are PHENOMENAL!! Honestly, I could just sit with a bowl of this frosting and eat it with a spoon like it is ice cream. Or even forget the spoon and just use my fingers! You are going to want to do it, trust me. Just make sure to save enough to ice the cupcakes! In my case, I may have overfilled a few of the cupcakes because I ended up with a couple less than the original recipe called for, but that’s okay too, if you like big cupcakes with lots of frosting :)

Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting


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Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting - adapted from Bird On A Cake
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Sweet, moist cupcakes with a delicious buttercream frosting
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 25 - 30
  • For the cupcakes:
  • 1¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1 cup VERY hot, not boiling water
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hazelnut extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 13 ounce jar Nutella (equals about 1¼ cups)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Toasted hazelnuts (optional)
  1. For the cupcakes:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line cupcake pans with liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl stir together all of the dry ingredients. Mix two teaspoons hazelnut extract with the light cream, add to the dry ingredients along with the eggs, vanilla, and oil. Beat with an electric mixer until just combined, then add the HOT water and beat for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour into liners, filling each about ⅔ full. It's okay if you go a little over, but stay under ¾ full or they could overflow! Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool cupcakes on a rack completely before frosting.
  5. For the frosting:
  6. Beat room temperature butter in a mixing bowl on low speed until smooth. Add Nutella and one cup of powdered sugar, beat until the sugar is mixed in, then beat in the other cup of sugar and the cream until smooth. Cover and keep refrigerated if not frosting the cupcakes immediately. Bring out of the fridge ½ hour before using.
  7. Optional: top cupcakes with chopped hazelnuts toasted in a 350 F oven for 4 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes.




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  1. says

    You are right, Bernadette. #ChristmasWeek has proved another good excuse to bake up yummies =)

    Nutella in any form is hard to put down for this Ninja Baker…Love the use of your extra hazelnuts…Now I know what to do with mine =)

    • Bernadette says

      I just discovered Nutella this past year, sad to say. I never used it until recently. Now I know what I was missing!

  2. candice says

    I love to put yummy baked goods in pretty tins that I find in thrift stores so I would definitely check out their decorative tins on their website!

  3. Susan Broughton says

    I would get an assortment of sizes in the air sealed glass jars and an assortment of sizes in the glass Spice jars too. I need a new assortment of storage containers so that is what I would use the gift certificate on.

  4. Melissa says

    I would definitely buy some Snap-Lock Plastic Containers.
    BTW, I am so going to have to try this recipe. Nutella is my weakness!

  5. Tracy Spangler says

    I would buy air seal round PET containers for flour and cookies, or the same item in glass instead. I would also buy Cobalt Blue Glass Boston Round Bottles with lids for essential oils and also seamless metal tins with labeled lids for salves and balms. There are so many things to choose from!


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