Nutella Dreamcakes

  • Yield 3 dozen

Ingredients

2/3 cup nutella
1 cup all-purpose flour
1.5 cups cake flour
1.5 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 -- large eggs
1.5 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2.5 cups buttermilk
6 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup nutella!
1 pound confectioners’ sugar (about 3 3/4 cups), sifted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
8 ounces Cream Cheese
5 tablespoons butter, softened at room temperature
1 pound confectioners’ sugar (about 3 3/4 cups), sifted
2 tablespoons clear vanilla extract, I found using regular extract worked because it didn't change the color too much

Instructions

 

For the Cupcakes
Line 3 dozen muffin cups with cupcake liners or grease using non-stick spray. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350F.

Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar for 5 minutes, until it is pale and thick. Add in the butter. Mix until combined. Add in the nutella. Now, add in the buttermilk. Beat until well incorporated.

Add the flour mixture in 3 increments and beat until smooth. Divide batter into the cupcake tins. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not over-bake. Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
Cream the butter and cream cheese in the large mixing bowl of a stand mixture. Add the vanilla. Slowly incorporate the powdered sugar as you continue to cream. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat on high speed until fluffy and smooth, adding milk or additional sugar (if needed) to reach desired consistency.

Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting
Cream the butter and cream cheese in the large mixing bowl of a stand mixture. Add the nutella and vanilla and continue to cream. Slowly incorporate the powdered sugar as you continue to cream. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat on high speed until fluffy and smooth, adding milk or additional sugar (if needed) to reach desired consistency. For a darker brown add 1 drop brown and 1 drop black food coloring.

 

credit goes to Good Life Eats http://www.goodlifeeats.com/2011/03/cupcakes-with-nutella-almond-butter-and-vanilla-frosting.html

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