Monday, July 18, 2011

Nutella Cupcakes

I was recently introduced to the delightful spread that is Nutella.  I know it's hard to believe, but though I had always heard about it, I'd never tried Nutella in any capacity.  I hear that it is best with strawberries, bananas, toast, or as I prefer - by the spoonful.  I mean, holy rich decadence.  I'm pretty sure you could put that stuff on a piece of paper and I'd eat it.  Thanks to my dear friend Jamie, a self-proclaimed Nutella addict, I now have a new vice.

One day, Jamie forwarded to me a recipe for Nutella Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream.  What?!  Oh man...this could be bad.  As if it's not delicious enough on it's own, now we are mixing it with cake and buttercream?  I couldn't wait to try this out.  In fact - I had the perfect occasion.  Susie, my adorable college roommate, is getting married to a great guy named Mike this October.  I was very excited to provide the dessert for her shower last weekend, which took place at a scenic Missouri winery.  It was a fantastic excuse to try my newest recipe.

Thanks to My Baking Addiction, you too can make these cupcakes with ease.  The directions instruct one to start with a favorite chocolate cupcake recipe.  I used my trusty Pioneer Woman recipe,  which ended up fitting nicely in regards to all around flavor.  Once the cupcakes are prepared per your recipe instructions, fill a piping bag with Nutella and attach a Wilton No. 230 filling tip.  Insert the tip into each cupcake, and inject the spread. 


Once you have completed this step, pull out your mixer to make the buttercream.  The recipe starts with creaming together the Nutella and unsalted butter, then adding 2 pounds (8 cups!) of powdered sugar, and finally milk, vanilla, and a pinch of coarse sea salt.  

When it's all finished, pick your tip and start piping.  I chose to use a french tip to create the final look.  After decorating the cupcake, I sprinkled yellow and purple standing sugar (her shower colors) on top.  I then decided that it needed something more, which ended up being a huge Ferrero Rocher candy, plopped right on top.  Why not?

I finished these cupcakes, along with a batch of my favorite banana recipe.  I am happy to report that Susie and her guests finished all of both flavors!  The shower was HOT (Midwest heat is brutal this summer!), but wonderful.  You can't beat a stunning view, great food, and great friends.  Oh, and wine. Lots of wine. 

Montelle Winery

This is Susie, the bride-to-be.  Isn't she the cutest?

Sus - I am so happy for you and Mike, and I just cannot wait for your big day.  I know that the two of you will have a beautiful life together.


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