World Nutella Day? It happens to be Evelyn's birthday, February 5. There are even two Nutelleria locations, one in Frankfurt, Germany and one in Bolgona, Italy. Oh, how I wish I'd known about this when I was in Bologna 5 years ago! I think I could die happy in a Nutelleria.
So yes, I'm on a kick. I made the Nutella tart a few weeks ago. There was a conversation on Facebook that happened between some friends of mine and I, and one friend confessed she'd never tried Nutella. Since she was coming over that Friday for a play date with our daughters, I decided I needed to right that wrong. After careful consideration, I decided to make these cupcakes.
Triple Nutella Chocolate Cupcakes
recipe courtesy of Family Kitchen, originally from Good Life Eats
For the cake:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
2/3 cup Nutella
2 1/2 cups buttermilk
For the filling:
1/2 cup Nutella
For the Buttercream:
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup Nutella
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2-4 tablespoons heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until they are pale yellow and thick in consistency. Add in the butter and mix to combine. Add the Nutella and buttermilk, beating to combine.
Add in flour mixture, 2 cups at a time, mixing after each addition. Scoop batter to fill lined cupcake pans 2/3 full. Bake for 15-18 minutes until tops bounce back when lightly touched. Allow to cool in pans 5-10 minutes then transfer to cooling rack.
While cupcakes are still warm, fit a pastry bag with a round tip and fill with the 1/2 cup of Nutella. Insert the tip into the top of each cupcake in the center and squeeze the Nutella into the cakes, about 1 tablespoon each. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
Beat the butter and Nutella until creamy. Mix in vanilla extract. Add in powdered sugar and mix well. Add cream until desired consistency is reached. Pipe buttercream onto filled cupcakes.