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The Best Chocolate Cupcakes, with Nutella Frosting

Super fluffy, light as air chocolate cupcakes, with a cream cheese Nutella frosting.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate cupcakes, cream cheese frosting, cupcakes, Nutella, Nutella frosting

Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • ½ cup plain yogurt or buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tbsp canola oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour minus 1 tbsp
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup coffee

Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting

  • ½ cup butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp nutella 1-2 tbsp, or more, depending on your taste

Instructions

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • In a medium bowl, combine your buttermilk or yogurt (either is fine), egg, oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk together. Make the coffee but let it cool a bit.
  • Meanwhile in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and soda. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Next add in the coffee and continue mixing until mixed in.
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Use a cookie/ice cream scoop to fill 14-16 cupcakes liners 2/3 full. Bake for 23-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cakes comes out clean. Remove and let cool completely. They are very soft when you remove them so they must be totally cool before frosting.

Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Cut butter into cubes. Beat butter in your stand mixer with paddle attachment until smooth. Add cream cheese and continue mixing together. Add powdered sugar in 1/4 cups and mix. Add in the vanilla extract. Pour in heavy cream and continue mixing. Add in 1-2 tbsp of Nutella, to your taste.
  • If the frosting is not stiff enough, add more sugar. If it is too stiff, add a teaspoon at a time of heavy cream. Also, to make it a bit easier to pipe, you can refrigerate it if your kitchen is too warm. Place frosting in a piping bag with your favorite tip, and pipe onto cupcakes. I also added some silver and gold sugar and sprinkles, since it was a celebration cupcake. Enjoy!