Monday, August 22, 2005

Nutella Self Frosting Cupcakes


I love anything that has anything to do with chocolate or hazelnuts or both together. So you can imagine that Nutella is something to which I have a pretty strong attraction. I used to have it when I was a child, by itself, in a little plastic tub...much like those single-serve butter tubs. My mom used to get it for me as a special "treat" when she would shop at a nearby food store. It even came with its own little plastic spoon.

It was long after this that I discovered alternate uses for my little childhood snack...spread on bread or cake, eaten with ice cream, on fruits, to dip whole walnuts in, even on plain donuts. So you can imagine the happy surprise I had when I found a recipe for Self Frosting Cupcakes using Nutella at Nic's excellent blog bakingsheet.

I had to try it out and the results were just as I expected (and Nic described): a rich and tender cupcake that is the perfect host for the wonderful taste of the Nutella. They are wonderfully simple to make, and, as if that wasn't enough, they even look cute and adorable.

My testers were my brother (as usual) and my dad, who loved them as much as I did. There will definitely be a repeat performace. As Nic mentions, and I agree, these are perfect for picnics and potlucks as there is no messy frosting on top...it's baked right in! So this will be at the top of my list for my next potluck party...and I think I have one coming up...can't wait to whip these babies out.

34 comments:

Cate said...

I missed Nic's post with these, so thanks for the heads up. We spent 3 years in England when I was growing up, and that's where I discovered Nutella, and it's been a love affair ever since. Like you, I usually just eat it out of the jar or spread it on warm toast. I do, though, have a recipe for Nutella Cake that I make sometimes. These muffins are on the list for tonight. Thanks again!

Mona said...

HA! Nutella lovers unite!
I lived in France for 3 years, where I grew up bringing Nutella sandwiches for school lunch every day. I'd never get away with that now, of course, but a spoonful of Nutella definitely helps the blues go down !!

angelika said...

Hi Joey, thank you for your post - regarding Nutella I will always stay a child..;)) I simply love it. And I will give those cupcakes a try soon (and will post about them, for sure). Do you know that Nutella comes from Piemont (Northwest corner of Italy) where they have large hazelnut plantages just for making that lovely Nutella. When you browse my "Piemonte" photoalbum you can see them, if you like ! Kind regards from Vienna angelika

Zarah Maria said...

Gorgeous photo Joey! I'll have to try this one soon, too!

Joe said...

I always have a jar of nutella around - it is just so darn good! The cupcakes look great!

Nic said...

Joey - I'm glad you and your family enjoyed them. And I think they'll impress your friends when you whip the out at your next party! And I'm only a little jealous that your photo came out better than mine (kidding! it's a great photo). =)

Midge said...

Hey, Joey. Those cupcakes look positively delish! I can't wait to try baking them!

Lori said...

It's a charming photo, Joey. Great job!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Sweetnicks! That Nutella cake sounds good! Do you think you can share the recipe perchance? Or is it already in your blog somewhere? :-)

Hi Mona li! Yes, lots of Nutella lovers here! Totally agree on its blues-banishing effects :-)

Hi Angelika! Thanks for the little background information on Nutella...your pictures are lovely! Makes me want to visit Piemont right now!

Thanks Zarah! I have read your post on making your own Nutella and that is on my list of things to try :-)

Thanks Joe! We kinda have the same name :-) Yes, always good to have a jar of Nutella around for "emergencies"...

Hi Nic! Thanks so much for this recipe!!! It was a hit! Your picture was great (but thank you for the wonderful compliment!)! My cupcakes came out a little paler actually because my oven is, well, quite old, so it's not as "fiery" as it was in its younger years...

Thanks Midge! Yummy and easy to boot! :-)

Thanks Lori! My models were very charming and well behaved :-)

plum said...

They look wonderful! And so cute! Chocolate and cupcake ... you can't really go wrong, can you?

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Plum! I agree...how can you go wrong with chocolate and cupcakes indeed? :-)

thess said...

Joey, these cupcakes look great! And I'm sure they taste yummy too,

ahh, nutella..I'm nuts abt.it :-)

Paz said...

I wish I were one of your testers! Those cupcakes sure look good!

I had a roommate who loved Nutella and used to eat it by the jar. ;-) I think she'd love these cupcakes too.

Paz

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Thess! Am nuts about it too :-)

Thanks Paz! The cupcakes were yummy but my testers have also had their share of strange food to try, heehee :-)

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megwoo said...

your cupcake looks amazing!!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Kai! Loved your post on street food (left a comment)...am thinking of my answer now :-) There are so many I love!

Thanks Megwoo!!! I would pass on the compliment to said cupcake but they are all gone and eaten :-)

dexiejane said...

i LOOOOVE nutella. my SIL's brother brought some home from his recent visit in Germany so we had a nutella sandwich fill.

cupcakes look great. what a neat idea :)

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Dexie! It's a great little cupcake, yummy and easy to make. Lots of things to do with that yummy choco-hazulnut spread... :-)

J said...

hi, am a total nutella addict too...those cupcakes look divine! cheers,j

ChichaJo said...

Hi J! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your nice comment :-) I can really feel the Nutella love here! :-)

JMom said...

Ah, you just combined two of our favorites, cupcakes and nutella! We'll have to try your recipe. It looks absolutely yummy!

deborah said...

Oh, self frosting. What a marvelous idea - and with nutella, you've hit the nail on the head :)

They look too gorgeous to devour. Well, ok, maybe one or two.

- Deborah

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Jmom! Yup, a great combination in my book as well :-) Yummy and easy to make...

Hi Saffron! Thanks! The self frosting is great, especially as it's Nutella ;-) When I saw this recipe on Nic's bakingsheet I knew I had to try it...

ting-aling said...

'will have to try this one of these days!

keiko said...

Joey, this looks sooo yummy! Who doesn't love Nutella? ;)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Ting-aling! Try it! It's yummy and super easy and simple to make pa. Plus, they're cute. I am making it again this weekend for my best friend's housewarming :-)

Hi Keiko! I agree, it has quite a universal appeal :-) Thanks for your nice comment!

mojito_drinker said...

hi i tried this recipe. it's great and simple to use. only question: where did you buy nutella? it was so hard to find!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Mojito Drinker! Thanks for stopping by :) It's usually in the groceries or supermarkets in the jam section, or where they sell the peanut butter. If you can't find it you can try it with other choco-hazelnut spreads (like Crumpy). If you read the first post at bakingsheet (my post here links to it) the original Donna Hay recipe called for peanut butter, so you can try that as well. And, if you want even more variations, Niki over at Esurientes (esurientes.blogspot.com) used Kraft Nuts About Chocolate :)

Bud Spliff said...

I have never used nutella in a recipe however I'm having over 12-15 family & friends over for Christmas. For desert I am going to do a Chocolate Hazelnut Expresso Creme Brulee based on Cat Cora's Chocolate Creme Brulee recipe which calls for 4oz of Dark Chocolate.

So my question is can I just replace the Chocolate with Nutella.

Also does anybody have any suggestions about how much expresso I should use in the recipe?

ChichaJo said...

Hi Bud! I don't know if you can just substitute the Nutella for the chocolate as they have different consistencies...but a Chocolate Hazelnut Expresso Creme Brulee sure sounds good! :)

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Thank you Cicchaho for your reply.
I kind of figured that would be the answer that I would get. I guess the thing that I need to do next is pick up a few dozen eggs, some butter, nutella, hazelnuts & chocolate, & do some experimenting.
As soon as I get it figured out I will post the recipe.

ChichaJo said...

Good luck and hope it all turns out great! :)