Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream Icing

    Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream Icing

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    My daughter requested Nutella cupcakes for her birthday and these were the result! They're deliciously rich! Decorate them with chopped hazelnuts for grown ups and chocolate sprinkles for the kids.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 24 

    • Cupcakes
    • 60g good quality (70%) cocoa powder
    • 4 or 5 tablespoons boiling hot water
    • 175g unsalted butter, softened
    • 175g caster sugar
    • 120g self raising flour
    • 1 level teaspoon baking powder
    • 3 eggs
    • Buttercream Icing
    • 120g butter, softened
    • 120g icing sugar
    • 200g Nutella
    • 2 or 3 tablespoons thickened cream
    • chopped hazelnuts, for decorating
    • chocolate sprinkles, for decorating

    Directions
    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:20min marinating  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. Cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Line two 12 hole bun trays with colourful paper cases.
    2. Sift the cocoa into a large bowl; add 4 tablespoons of boiling water and mix into a thick chocolate syrup, adding more water if you needed. Add the softened butter, sugar, self-raising flour, baking powder and eggs. Mix with electric beaters until smooth and evenly mixed.
    3. Spoon teaspoons of the mixture into the paper cases, filling them 3/4 full. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the sponge mixture has risen and the cupcakes spring back when you touch them. Remove from the oven then cool on a wire rack.
    4. Buttercream Icing: Beat the softened butter in a large bowl then sift in the icing sugar. Mix with an electric beater until smooth. Add the Nutella and cream then mixing again until evenly distributed.
    5. To Assemble: Spoon the buttercream icing into a piping bag with a number 5 star nozzle. Pipe icing evenly on top of each cupcake. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles, chopped hazelnuts or however you like.

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