Here are the cupcakes fresh from the oven:
Nutella has it all; it’s thick, smooth and has such a depth of rich flavour that I have to limit myself to one suck of the spoon when I’ve finished making my cakes!
Beating the nutella into the Swiss meringue buttercream was particularly fun; watching the snowy buttercream slowly turn brown was pleasing and strangely relaxing. I knew this would work as my earlier strawberry and vanilla cupcakes beat jam into the buttercream.
Twelve happy little cupcakes ready to be eaten!
The buttercream was softer than usual, which must have been down to the nutella. It was – and I know I’m blowing my own trumpet here – the best buttercream ever, a cream/mousse hybrid. Divine!
A little extra nutella in the cupcake doesn't hurt!
125g caster sugar
125g self raising flour
2 tablespoons milk (whole or semi skimmed, not skimmed)
5-6 teaspoons nutella
For the Swiss meringue buttercream:
4 egg whites
250g caster sugar
250g unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons nutella (I used 3)
How to make:
- Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan oven 170°C/375°F/Gas mark 5.
- Line a muffin pan with 12 paper cases.
- Start by making the cupcakes. Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, flour and milk and beat until well combined and smooth.
- Spoon half the mixture evenly into the 12 paper cases.
- Spoon a scant half teaspoon of nutella onto each cake and then cover with the remaining batter.
- Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Mine took 17 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.
- Now make the swiss meringue buttercream. Place the egg whites and sugar in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir pretty much constantly to prevent the egg from cooking.
- After 5-10 minutes, when the sugar has dissolved, remove the bowl from the pan of simmering water and whisk until the meringue has puffed up and the mix is cool.
- Add the butter and vanilla to the meringue and whisk until the butter has been completely incorporated into the meringue. At first it will look a disaster – it will collapse and look curdled but don’t worry! Stop when the mixture is smooth, light and fluffy.
- Beat the nutella into the buttercream – add a spoon at a time so you can judge how much nutella the buttercream needs.
- Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag and swirl onto each cupcake.
- Bask in glory at the wonderful thing you have made.