Pipe Dream #157: More Nutella? Things Work Out – Nutella Frangelico Cupcakes

I think this is the last post regarding my freak out Saturday baking days. Rather than posting all those babies at once, I’ve tried to spread them out so that you didn’t get overwhelmed with chocolate cupcakes (heh, as if that could happen). In review, we have tried:

Homemade Ding Dong Cupcakes and

Brownie Oreo Earthquake Cupcakes

On the other hand, is it possible to get overwhelmed with chocolate cupcakes? Maybe. But not if they also include Nutella fillings. Or Frangelico frosting fillings. So I guess we’re a go!

I used that one-bowl chocolate cupcake recipe. Go figure.

But the frosting gets real crazy. I whipped up a standard quick buttercream, and then swirled in Nutella and Frangelico to flavor it. If you think it is possible to somehow get that wrong, do not be discouraged. There is no way to get that wrong. This is one situation in which quantities don’t matter. You can literally add as much Nutella as you like, and the frosting will turn out. In fact that might be a new rule of thumb for my life:

No matter how much Nutella you add, things will always turn out.

For those of you who don’t prefer big swirls of frosting, I took pity and spread a few with straight Nutella. New rule of thumb in action.

But for everyone else, I went crazy with the swirls.

Cheering up, buttercup,


Nutella Frangelico Cupcakes

For the chocolate cupcake recipe,  click here.

For the frosting:

2 1/2 – 3 cups powdered sugar, depending on desired consistency

8 tablespoons (1 stick butter), softened

1 tablespoon Frangelico, to taste

1/3 cup Nutella, to taste

Whip butter with paddle attachment on a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until incorporated. Beat in Nutella and Frangelico, adjusting until you get to your desired consistency and flavor. For a stiffer frosting, add more sugar.

To assemble:

Fill cupcakes with Nutella or buttercream Frost as desired, using toasted hazelnuts as a garnish.




2 Responses to “Pipe Dream #157: More Nutella? Things Work Out – Nutella Frangelico Cupcakes”

  1. 1 Sharon Hedstrom December 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

    There could never be too much Nutella, right Haynes?? Emmy?? Can I have an amen here?

  2. 2 Cindy and Tom Behling December 10, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Nutella became a vocabulary word when we lived in Europe. Beth was born there, and weaned on Nutella. We are trembling with anticipation over these cupcakes…when will they be delivered? Oh, still need to add delivery to your marketing plan? Tell Tim you need a wrapped logo mini-cooper for Pipng Dreams…after all, Christmas is just around the corner and Dads are always befuddled for gift ideas for the women in their household! ; )

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