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Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream

Course: Bakes


For the chocolate cupcakes:

  • 50 gms Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 240 ml boiling water
  • 175 gms all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 115 gms semisweet chocolate chips
  • 113 gms unsalted butter room temperature
  • 200 gms granulated white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the Nutella buttercream:

  • 170 gms butter must be softened so keep out of the fridge much before starting
  • 300 gms powdered/icing sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 20-25 gms nutella


To make the chocolate cupcakes:

  • In a small bowl, stir the cocoa powder in hot water till completely mixed. Keep aside to cool.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the flour, chocolate chips, baking powder and salt.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Lightly butter the muffin tray or place paper liners in each.
  • Using an electric/hand mixer, beat the butter and the sugar together till light and fluffy. Then add the eggs one at a time and beat till smooth.
  • Add the vanilla extract and continue to beat till smooth.
  • Next, add the flour mixture and beat lightly till just incorporated.
  • Add the cooled cocoa mixture and stir lightly till smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the muffin cups, filling it upto two-thirds of each cup.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes till the cakes have risen and springy; check after 15 minutes with a tooth pick and bake accordingly. (If cooked, the toothpick should come out clean). Do not overbake or you end up with dry cupcakes which is not good at all.
  • Leave on a wire rack to cool and then decorate with the buttercream.

To make Nutella buttercream:

  • Sift the sugar to ensure there are no lumps.
  • Using a hand/electric mixer, beat the butter till pale and fluffy. This will take at least 5-6 minutes by an electric mixer and more by a hand mixer so be patient and let the mixer do its work.
  • Add ½ cup sugar, first mix on low speed and then on high till the sugar is fully incorporated. Continue until all the sugar has been added and mixed thoroughly with the butter.
  • Then add the Nutella and vanilla extract; beat further till incorporated.
  • Add 1 tbsp of milk to fluff up the mixture. The texture of the cream is a personal choice so if you prefer a thick cream, then add just a tbsp but if you prefer a softer and more wet cream, then you can add more milk.


You may increase the amount of Nutella to suit your personal preference. I made a lighter version since I was making chocolate cupcakes and didn’t want it to be too rich.
• If there is excess buttercream, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for upto 2 weeks and in the freezer for a couple of months. To use again, bring to room temperature and mix in the beater to fluff it up.
• If you wish, you could decorate the cupcakes with edible silver balls, grated chocolate or sprinkles