Easy Italian Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream


Easy Italian cupcakes with Nutella buttercream are very popular in Italy right now and are a part of the Italian modern cuisine. I ate them twice during the fashion week in Milan in my cousin’s restaurant. I simply needed to have the recipe! And here it is:

Servings 12

Ingredients:

For the chocolate fudge cupcakes: 

  • 120 grams (1 cup) plain flour (all-purpose)
  • 225 grams (1 cup + 2 tablespoons) granulated sugar
  • 35 grams (1/3 cup) cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (120g) unsalted melted butter, still warm
  • 2 large eggs (free-range),at room temperature 
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) freshly brewed espresso orboiling water

For the Nutella buttercream:

  • 150 grams (1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 300 grams (3 cups) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 220 grams Nutella (or some other chocolate hazelnut spread of your choice)
  • 4 tablespoons milk or double cream

 

Instructions:

To make the cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F/ 180°C/ Gas Mark 4.  Line a cookie tin with 10 to 12 paper liners and leave aside. In a mixing bowl, beat together the flour, salt, baking powder, cocoa powder, and sugar until well combined.
  • Next, add the rum extract, eggs, and melted butter and whisk until incorporated. Put 1/2 the boiling coffee/water and continue to mix until combined.
  • Add the remaining liquid and beat all over again. Equally divide the cupcake mixture between the paper liners, filling around 2/3 of the way up.
  • Then, bake the cupcakes for 17-20minutes or until a tester comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cupcake. Let them cool in the tin for about 10 minutes, then slowly remove and apply on a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

To make the frosting:

  • In a mixer bowl, add the softened butter and beat on a low speed in order to soften slightly.
  • Next, put the icing sugar and beat all over again until the sugar and butter are incorporated. Then turn the speed up to medium and whisk for 5 to 7 minutes or until fluffy and creamy.
  • Ensure you scrape down the sides of the blender halfway through to make sure even mixing.
  • Now add the cream and Nutella and beat until combined.

To decorate the cupcakes:

  • Fit a disposable piping bag with the icing. Pipe even swirls of the topping on each cupcake.
  • Finish with a choice of chocolate sprinkles, chopped toasted hazelnuts or Ferrero Rocher chocolates.

Buon Appetito!

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