Oh heeyyy! I missed you guys after my little winter break. How have you been!? I thought to make up for my lack of posting I would come at you with something fantastic. Something chocolate. Something dreamy. How about Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Nutella Frosting? Yeah, that should fit the bill. You will forget about my absence the moment you sink your teeth into these little chocolate pillows of heaven.
They couldn't be easier to make! These little babies start off with my mom's Crazy Chocolate Cake and are generously topped with Rosie's Nutella Cloud Frosting. Let's just say, this is a match made in chocolate heaven. Perfect for that upcoming holiday that involves hearts and pink and love. I love that holiday.
How cute are these flower cupcake wrappers!?
Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Nutella Frosting
(makes 12 cupcakes)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold water
1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Start with preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and stir, just until combined. It is okay if you see some clumps, they cook out.
Scoop or pour the batter into a lined cupcake tin and place in the oven. Bake the cupcakes for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Mine took exactly 17 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool, I took mine out and let them cool on a wire cooling rack. Set aside for now.
Whipped Nutella Frosting
1 cup of room temperature butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup Nutella
1 pinch of salt
Start by melting the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals. After each 30 seconds, take the chocolate out, stir and reassess if it is completely melted. Mine took 3 intervals of 30 seconds on high. Set the chocolate aside for now.
Add the butter and powdered sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Combine on a low speed for about 1 minute. Pour in the vanilla and combine again, it will come together better now that it has more moisture.
Pour in the cooled, melted chocolate and beat together on medium speed for about a minute or until combined. Scrape the sides. Sprinkle in the salt and give it a good mix on medium speed again and that's it!
Frost the cupcakes by either using a piping bag or simply with a knife.
Chocolate Cake recipe cut in half from my mom's Chocolate Crazy Cake Recipe
Whipped Nutella Frosting recipe very slightly adapted from Rosie at Sweetapolita