Nutella Cupcakes

This Nutella Cupcakes Recipe features some delicious Nutella-filled chocolate cupcakes, topped with a heavenly Nutella frosting.

Nutella Cupcakes Recipe | A few weekends ago, I woke up on a Saturday morning and just felt like baking. My calendar was open, the day was cloudy and cozy and cool, and I had a new jar of Nutella that was calling my name.  So I padded to the kitchen in my slippers to make a warm cup of coffee.  And then perhaps for the first time in a long while, I decided to actually take my time baking this batch of Nutella cupcakes. It was wonderful. I don’t know about you, but so often when I’m in the kitchen, I find myself falling into extreme-efficiency mode.  And for better and worse, I’ve become pretty darn good at it.  I can whip up a batch of fudge, saute a pan of fajitas, play fetch with my dog, return a few emails, and watch an episode of “Friday Night Lights” at the same time, and somehow things usually (miraculously!) turn out ok.  But in the rush and chaos of it all, I too often miss out on some of the simple joys of cooking. So I decided that this particular Saturday morning would be different. Nutella Cupcakes Recipe | As I cracked open that jar of Nutella, I remembered the first time I tasted Nutella on a trip to Europe in high school.  And then the sheer delight when I first found discovered that it could be purchased at my grocery store back in the States. Nutella Cupcakes Recipe | And I of course had to dip in a finger for a sweet taste before the jar disappeared into the filling for the cupcakes and the Nutella frosting.  ;) Nutella Cupcakes Recipe | I was reminded of the awe of a simple chocolate batter coming together — step by step — as delicious butter and cocoa and vanilla combined with other simple ingredients to make the beginnings of these cupcakes.   Nutella Cupcakes Recipe | I pulled out my favorite ice cream scoop to transfer the batter to my favorite brown baking cups, loving the confidence that it brings in knowing that the cupcakes will be just the right size and not overflowing.   Nutella Cupcakes Recipe | Once the warm cupcakes were out of the oven, I scooped out a little spot in the middle to make a home for a little extra Nutella.  This step is optional, but the surprise inside is always so fun with friends! Nutella Cupcakes Recipe | And then I used my second (yes, second) jar of the famous chocolate hazelnut spread to make some dreamy Nutella frosting.  So often when I’m in a hurry, I get annoyed when the powdered sugar poofs up and leaves a layer of snow on my counter.  But for some reason that day, it made me think of a magic trick. (And….poof!  Magic Nutella frosting!) I then laid out all of my piping tips in a row.  And after tasting the delicious frosting, it seemed only fitting that these cupcakes be extra “starry”.  So I swirled on the extra sweetness, and behold, these Nutella cupcakes were born. Nutella Cupcakes Recipe | I ended up taking them to share with my book club that evening.  And everyone there gave them two Nutella-covered thumbs up.   :) But I have to say that for the first time in awhile, I was happy to realize that I genuinely enjoyed making them as much as eating them.  Sure, I know that most of my cooking in life may not happen on a lazy Saturday morning.  But even in the chaos that is usually my kitchen, there are always little moments to stop and savor.  And lick the beaters.  ;) Nutella Cupcakes Recipe |

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Nutella Cupcakes

These Nutella Cupcakes are made with delicious chocolate cupcakes, filled with Nutella, and topped with a simple Nutella frosting.


Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder (or any unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup coffee, lukewarm (you can use decaf coffee if desired!)
  • 1 (13-ounce) jar Nutella, to fill the cupcakes (you may or may not use the whole jar)
  • Nutella frosting
  • coarse sea salt, for sprinkling

Nutella frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup Nutella 
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp. milk (or heavy cream)


To Make The Cupcakes:

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt until combined. Then in an additional separate bowl, stir together buttermilk and coffee. Add dry ingredients to creamed butter mixture alternately with buttermilk and coffee, beating well after each addition.

Line baking pans with about 24 paper baking cups, and fill each two-thirds full with batter. (Here is my tutorial for filling cupcake liners.) Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

Once the cupcakes have reached room temperature, use a melon baller (or a small spoon) to scoop out a small portion from the middle of the cupcake (about 1 teaspoon). Fill the empty space with a teaspoon or so of Nutella. Then top the cupcakes with the Nutella frosting (recipe instructions below.)

To Make The Nutella Frosting:

Using an electric mixer, cream butter and Nutella together on medium-speed until smooth. Add in vanilla and beat until smooth. Reduce speed to low and gradually add powdered sugar until incorporated. Add milk until you reach the desired consistency** (see note below), then increase speed to medium-high and beat for 1 more minute. Pipe or spread onto cupcakes, or cover and refrigerate in a tightly-sealed container for future use.

**If your buttercream is too thick, add more milk/cream. If it is too thin, add more powdered sugar.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 29, 2013 @ 7:28 am (#)

    I swear I’m the last person on the planet to try nutella. Someday! ;) These look seriously perfect Ali!

  2. Erin | The Law Students Wife — July 29, 2013 @ 7:36 am (#)

    If my study abroad experience in France had a flavor, it would be nutella! I love relaxing weekend mornings, and these cupcakes would hit the spot. Pass the plate (and the coffee) please!

  3. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 29, 2013 @ 7:43 am (#)

    Beautiful Nutella cupcakes, Ali!

  4. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — July 29, 2013 @ 7:44 am (#)

    I so agree! A lot of times, it feels like I should get as much as possible done in a short amount of time, but taking the time to “let it breathe” yields a more enjoyable process!

  5. Tieghan — July 29, 2013 @ 7:56 am (#)

    Wow! My family would go nuts for these! Especially my four year old little sister. She LOVES nutella. These are gorgeous, Ali!

  6. cassie — July 29, 2013 @ 8:12 am (#)

    I love getting to take my time when baking. Great post and beautiful cupcakes!

  7. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — July 29, 2013 @ 8:13 am (#)

    Love the sound of these cupcakes, Ali! :)

  8. Sheila — July 29, 2013 @ 8:23 am (#)

    OH my gosh! We always have nutella in the house, always…I buy the giant two packs from costco like 3 at a time. but I never cook with it…I think I need to give this recipe a try. ;)

  9. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — July 29, 2013 @ 8:30 am (#)

    I love nutella. They eat it all the time in Europe and I’m not sure why this hasn’t taken off like peanut butter here in the States.

  10. katie — July 29, 2013 @ 9:31 am (#)

    yum! I have a massive costco size jar in my pantry right now… I think I know what I might be making with it!

  11. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 29, 2013 @ 9:46 am (#)

    The chocoholic in me is freaking out right now! NEED.

  12. Kelly — July 29, 2013 @ 10:21 am (#)

    These look ridiculously good!! I think I may need my chocolate fix now :)

  13. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — July 29, 2013 @ 10:28 am (#)

    Whoa baby!! These are some sexy looking cupcakes. Love me some Nutella!

  14. Jenna — July 29, 2013 @ 10:31 am (#)

    I love anything nutella!! Must make these soon!!! Gorgeous photos

  15. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — July 29, 2013 @ 11:32 am (#)

    That frosting looks so perfect…. So hungry now!!! Also: your pictures are beautiful!

  16. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — July 29, 2013 @ 12:08 pm (#)

    So, this is what happens when you take your time! These are a work of art! And you can never go wrong with Nutella. I have such a weakness for the stuff.

  17. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — July 29, 2013 @ 12:26 pm (#)

    Yum!!! Want some of these! Nutella is a staple in our house – love it!!!

  18. Kristen — July 29, 2013 @ 1:34 pm (#)

    These are just so stunning! I don’t love Nutella (I know, I know) but love the looks of this dessert!

  19. marcie@flavorthemoments — July 29, 2013 @ 2:33 pm (#)

    You sound a lot more efficient than I am most of the time! I guess I am a pretty good multi-tasker, but it feels so chaotic that I don’t feel that efficient, especially when my kids are running around. There’s nothing better than being able to cook/bake undistracted. I only discovered Nutella last year and it was a revelation. I’m in love with the stuff, and would love these cupcakes!

  20. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 29, 2013 @ 5:21 pm (#)

    I love Nutella, these are the perfect way to satisfy a craving!

  21. Julie @ Table for Two — July 29, 2013 @ 5:43 pm (#)

    Sometimes it is nice to slow down in the kitchen and just enjoy the process of cooking. These cupcakes are amazing!!

  22. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 29, 2013 @ 7:16 pm (#)

    That frosting is definitely swoon worthy! LOVE!

  23. Tracey — July 29, 2013 @ 8:22 pm (#)

    I know exactly what you mean! It’s so rare these days that I just bake purely for fun and enjoy every minute of it. These Nutella cupcakes look like the perfect Saturday morning baking project :)

  24. Heidi @foodiecrush — July 30, 2013 @ 12:29 am (#)

    Nutella on nutella! Genius and so glad you got to take a little extra time to actually enjoy cooking for a change. And your swirls look like a mouthful.

  25. Courtney @ Neighborfood — July 30, 2013 @ 11:24 am (#)

    I love baking on lazy days. It’s so relaxing to take your time measuring and leveling, beating and tasting as you go. It’s so nice not to be constantly checking the clock to make sure you’ll be done on time. What a delightful baking project–if it has two jars of nutella it has to be delicious!

  26. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 30, 2013 @ 1:12 pm (#)

    Gorgeous cupcakes! Love all of the Nutella packed into them!

  27. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — July 30, 2013 @ 4:20 pm (#)

    I love being able to take my time in the kitchen. And in my opinion, nothing beats baking and drinking coffee on a grey, rainy day! I rarely buy Nutella, only because I end up eating it by the spoonful before I have the chance to bake with it!

  28. Angie | Big Bear's Wife — July 30, 2013 @ 5:39 pm (#)

    The days in which I can relax and take my time and bake are far and few but when it happens, I love every moment of it! I know “quick and fast” is the way of the world now when it comes to the kitchen, but sometimes I just love taking my time and really paying attention to what I’m making as I’m making it instead of only looking at the end result.

  29. Jan van Ede — July 30, 2013 @ 6:42 pm (#)

    A friend Facebooked theis link to me.
    Now I have tears in my eyes.
    Must bake them!

  30. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — July 30, 2013 @ 8:46 pm (#)

    I am such a Nutella-a-holic I would love these cupcakes for sure!

  31. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 31, 2013 @ 1:21 am (#)

    Getting up on a Saturday morning to bake nutella cupcakes?! Sounds amazing! I’m usually crazed to go to the gym and the grocery store but I’ll just have to make these cupcakes instead!

  32. carrian — July 31, 2013 @ 7:48 am (#)

    Those cupcakes are just dang dreamy!!!

  33. shelly (cookies and cups) — August 1, 2013 @ 8:47 am (#)

    You’re speaking my language with these!

  34. Sandy Coughlin — August 1, 2013 @ 9:32 am (#)

    I think the same goes for hosting dinner parties. Sometimes we get so caught up in being efficient we forget to slow down, remember why we do it, and simply enjoy it. Love this reminder (and recipe!).

  35. Liz Stevens — August 1, 2013 @ 9:51 am (#)

    This is Tanner’s dream cupcake I believe. Looks so good!

  36. Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book — August 1, 2013 @ 9:21 pm (#)

    Mmmm… Nutella! I often put both Nutella and peanut butter on my english muffins… I might try your Nutella cupcakes with peanut butter frosting. :)

  37. Des — August 2, 2013 @ 2:01 am (#)

    You had me at Nutella Ali, you had me at Nutella.

  38. Nutmeg Nanny — August 4, 2013 @ 10:20 am (#)

    Oh my, give me some of these stat! They look indulgent :)

  39. Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden — August 4, 2013 @ 3:11 pm (#)

    You make my mouth waters. I’ve featured this cupcakes on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

  40. CoraKathlena — August 22, 2013 @ 1:05 pm (#)

    In your recipe you say ganache and coarse salt, are those igredients for a topping to the cupcake if you aren’t using the Nutella frosting?

  41. Kirstie — August 30, 2013 @ 2:02 pm (#)

    How much chocolate ganache frosting was used in the recipe?

  42. Angelique Misa — September 14, 2013 @ 9:00 am (#)

    Love the photos of your cupcake! Will try this recipe out anytime soon. :) Thanks!

  43. Karime — September 23, 2013 @ 6:02 pm (#)

    It is great! I added two tbsp of Nutella to the mix because I didn’t want to filled them up, but wanted the taste. They turned out to be great:)

  44. Amy F. — November 7, 2013 @ 11:22 am (#)

    I made these the other day. Decadent doesn’t even begin to describe them and I left the Nutella out of the middle!

    The frosting recipe actually made about double what I needed to frost 22 cupcakes (I made 24 but had to taste one from each batch, obviously!) so I have a container of it sitting in my refrigerator that I need to use soon.

    I have one question though … the texture of these cupcakes was more brownie like than I’d expected. They were pretty dense and not as moist as most cupcakes I’ve made in the past. Is that what they’re supposed to be like or did I just over mix the batter?

    Either way, these were delicious.

  45. Rachel — November 12, 2013 @ 9:53 pm (#)

    Just made these and they are delicious! The frosting was alittle too sweet though.

  46. Ashley — November 29, 2013 @ 11:43 am (#)

    Great taste but they didn’t rise very well. I’m about to try them with a little baking powder. Definitely worth trying!

  47. Chayce — January 14, 2014 @ 12:24 pm (#)

    Hello, I was palming in making these cupcakes for my birthday to give to people but its going to be the first time making them and I don’t want them to go from, are these cupcakes hard to make or are the pretty efficient?

  48. Eric — January 18, 2014 @ 2:45 pm (#)

    Hi Ali,

    Trying to highlight the addition of flavoured syrups to our menu at an espresso bar I bake for, I stole this frosting recipe (hazelnut mocha anyone?), but it just didn’t work for me. I’m not sure if it was the British icing sugar or what, but I had to more than double the Nutella (I think I used Two jars) to get it right, just far too much sugar to taste the chocolate, much less the hazelnut, and that’s not mentioning the pale tan colour with 4 cups of icing sugar. I’m an expat from NY, so yes, I’m familiar with cups etc. Just thought I’d let you know, it looks like others have been successful…

  49. Sanam — March 18, 2014 @ 11:18 pm (#)

    I just tried these and i LOVE them! I altered the recipe to fit what I already had in kitchen and they were absolutely divine! I used buttermilk but added a bit of yogurt and cream to make it even more decadent. Instead of filling the cakes with nutella, I added two (heaping!) tablespoons of nutella into the batter.

    It was fantastic! The coffee and buttermilk combination is perfect!

  50. Adair Kredit — April 26, 2015 @ 11:31 pm (#)

    Hi, could you tell me where to get your favorite brown baking cups?
    I’m making these Nutella cupcakes for my daughter’s 16th birthday party- thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes!  I was searching for Nutella cupcakes and when I saw yours, I looked no further!


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