Sunday, February 06, 2011

Self Frosting Nutella Banana Cupcakes

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Belated Happy Nutella Day! I know I am a day late but I had to do my bit to spread a little Nutella love. Nutella is, after all, one of my very favorite things. I have been eating it since I was a child (in those one-serving packets…do they still have those?) and almost always have a jar (or more) in my pantry. I couldn’t tell you my favorite way of eating it because I just have too many, and really, it is fantastic any way you eat it. It serves you equally well if you are in need of some get-up-and-go on a dreary morning or if unexpected guests suddenly land on your doorstep (just dollop some over vanilla ice cream and you've got dessert). It is simple, delicious, available, accommodating, well-loved, sublime. It’s been embraced by everyone from the little girl that lives next door to Pierre Hermé.

Any way you look at it…Nutella rocks.

So here is my small part in the worldwide homage that is Nutella day...Self Frosting Nutella Banana Cupcakes. Not to be confused with the Nutella Banana Muffins which I have made before. For these, I used Elise's Banana Bread recipe (which I also have made before) and baked them as cupcakes instead of a single loaf. Before baking, I topped each cupcake with a splodge of Nutella, then used a toothpick to fold and swirl a bit of batter over it as I did once upon a time when these cupcakes were all the rage. You can use your own favorite banana bread recipe if you'd like instead. The marriage of Nutella and banana is meant to be, inevitable, written in the stars really, and these cupcakes are proof positive of that. I think I prefer when Nutella is not totally mixed into baked goods, but left like these cupcakes' solid streaks, as the flavor is more pronounced.

I honor of Nutella Day I decided to do a mini round up of my Nutella posts...just in case you need another reason to stock this treasure in your pantry:

It's going to be a busy week so I'll be counting on these cupcakes as part of my provisions to keep me trucking along. Happy new week everyone...and once again lots of warm Nutella wishes! :)

***Nutella Day is brought to you by Ms. Adventures in Italy and Bleeding Espresso.

26 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Terrific!

Cheers,

Rosa

Christine (Cook the Story) said...

I can't wait to try this. Do you think the self-frosting technique would work with the batter cooked as a bread instead of as cupcakes?

WizzyTheStick said...

ohhhhh these look good.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Happy Nutella Day to you too!
I love banana and chocolate combination. These seem very alluring...

Midge said...

Hola, Joey! Those cupcakes look truly superb - bananas and Nutella make for a tasty combination.

Oh, incidentally, I just discovered this new choc-hazelnut-filled snack called Thin Pillows over at MiniStop. I bought a packet and will blog about it if it's any good. :3

chef_d said...

Love love nutella! Yes there's still the single serving packs :)

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

These looks awesome; thanks so much for spreading the World Nutella Day love :)

Anne said...

Love the look of the cupcakes...so inviting :)

Gattina Cheung said...

love to see that Nutella peeking out! Banana and nutella, sounds like a perfect marriage!

Junglefrog said...

There is a nutella day?? Well I could certainly eat your beautiful nutella cupcakes everyday. They sound and look amazing!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Rosa :)

Hi Christine! Yes it will…I’ve done it before :)

Hi Wizzy! Thank you :)

Hi Brittany! Nutella and banana are always alluring to me :)

Hi Midge! They really are a match made in heaven! Will check out your blog for the thin pillows review!

Hi Chef D! Hooray! Will look for those and relive my childhood glories!

Hi Michelle! Thank you for making it happen! I’m a big Nutella fan and I’m thrilled to be in such great company :)

Thanks Anne! :)

Hi Gattina! It is! I love these types of cupcakes…kinda homely but really good!

Hi Junglefrog! Yes there is! Isn’t that great? :)

Meaghan Luby said...

so so so yumtastic! love nutella, ha. great idea :)
-meg
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WineAndFoodTravel said...

I love Nutella but I have one question. Is it a chocolate spread with hazelnuts or a hazelnut spread with chocolate?

Tangled Noodle said...

I did my part during World Nutella Day by eating it directly out of the jar with a spoon. It was entirely satisfying, but surely nowhere near as excellent an experience as biting into one of these scrumptious cupcakes. Judging from your past posts, it seems Nutella is one of your most enduring food muses! Keep 'em coming, please... 8-D

The Weekend Gourmet said...

I love nutella and bananas, and this looks sloop good! I have a baking and cooking backlog from your posts! I can't wait to have a quiet afternoon when I make your food for my little boy :)

Paz said...

Never too late for this! Yum!

paz

robert said...

as a brew crew member, I was thinking about what some great brunch ideas would be. Do you have any suggestions?

Marvin said...

I definitely don't eat as much nutella as I should, actually, it's been years. But you make nutella and banana bread sound so delicious together.

Charlotte said...

I love Nutella! It's a shame I only discovered it five years ago on the streets of Paris. Walking around getting hungry, we spotted a crepe stand. Trying to save money, I chose a simple Nutella crepe. Wow it was awesome! These cupcakes look like a great combination.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Meg! Nutella is the best right? :)

Hi Wine and Food! Either way it’s divine!

Hi Tangled Noodle! Yes, I do love it so and it always finds its way into the things I make :) Everything (sweet things at least) tastes better with Nutella ;) Even a spoon! ;)

Hi Weekend Gourmet! Hope you and your little boy enjoy it!

Thanks Paz! :)

Hi Robert! You can check out my breakfast posts for ideas :)

Hi Marvin! They do go very well together! And I highly recommend you get some Nutella in your pantry :)

Hi Charlotte! I love Nutella crepes as well and to this day favor a plain Nutella crepe over the fancy, over-loaded ones that seem to be more favored over here :)

Vicki Smith said...

These sound delicious. Nutella is a favorite at our house.

ChichaJo said...

If you like Nutella I am sure you will enjoy these Vicki :)

Miri Leigh said...

These cupcakes look absolutely delicious. Love the idea of a banana-nutella combination!

Patricia Scarpin said...

These are mouthwatering, Joey! I'm a sucker for Nutella and also love baking with bananas. Yum!

Merve said...

It looks sooo totally delicious.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Miri! It is indeed a great combination :)

Hi Patricia! You and me both! :)

Thanks for dropping by Merve :)