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Nutella Cupcakes: Cupcakes with Triple Cream Cheese Frosting

Remember those Cupcakes with Nutella, Almond Butter, and Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting I teased you with in this week’s kitchen tip (related Kitchen Tip: Two Tone Frosting for Cupcakes)? Here they are!

nutella cupcake recipe

I’m so sorry you had to wait, but you needed to know about piping with multiple frosting flavors onto cupcakes before you could make this recipe. And all good things are worth the wait. The recipe wouldn’t be the same without all three cream cheese flavors swirled together on top.

I have been thinking about this flavor combination ever since making sandwiches for the kids when I decided to double dip my knife because I was in a hurry. Then afterward I remember looking at the almond butter and Nutella together on the knife and thinking how good those two must taste together.

So I did what any self respecting person would do. I licked it right off the butter knife. BOY was it good!

nutella cupcake with nutella cream cheese frosting

After that lick I knew that I had to come up with a recipe to feature these two delicious nut butters together. So I thought, and thought and then one day while contemplating Logan’s Birthday Cupcakes it came to me. And I realized that if I could so easily swirl two different colors of frosting together, why the heck not two (or more) flavors of frosting?

Originally I had planned to make batches of nutella and almond butter buttercream frosting, but I decided that it would look more interesting with white swirled in with the two shades of brown. Not to mention that I had this gigantic Costco sized thing of cream cheese sitting in the fridge that I thought I better use.

I can’t even begin to describe how amazing these nutella cupcakes tasted. If it sounds overwhelming, please know that it’s really not very hard at all once you get the different frosting flavors made. The actual piping is actually quite simple using the tutorial I wrote on piping multicolored (or flavored) frosting, just head over to that Kitchen Tip for the instructions.

cupcakes with chocolate and almond butter

I am glad that I made these just for fun and not for the birthday boy. While he is a huge fan of chocolate and nutella, he was so confused by the combination of the frosting. I think is poor little palate couldn’t quite figure out what he was tasting. After a half of a cupcake he gave up! Secretly, I thought: more Nutella Cupcakes for me!

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cupcakes with chocolate and almond butter

Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella, Almond Butter, and Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 36 cupcakes
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

I can’t even begin to describe how amazing these Nutella cupcakes tasted. If it sounds overwhelming, please know that it’s really not very hard at all once you get the different frosting flavors made.

Ingredients

  • For the Cupcakes:
  • 2/3 cup Nutella
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 pound powdered sugar (about 3 3/4 cups), sifted
  • 2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract*

Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 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 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • black and brown food coloring, optional

Almond Butter/Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup Almond Butter or Peanut Butter
  • 1 pound confectioners’ sugar (about 3 3/4 cups), sifted
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

For the Cupcakes

  1. Line 3 dozen muffin cups with cupcake liners or grease using non-stick spray. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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.

Almond Butter or Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Cream the butter and cream cheese in the large mixing bowl of a stand mixture. Add the almond butter or peanut butter 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.

To Decorate

  1. Please see Kitchen Tip: Two Tone Frosting for Cupcakes for detailed instructions on how to pipe three different frosting flavors simultaneously.

Notes

cupcakes adapted from Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes
frosting adapted from My Baking Addiction

*clear vanilla extract is used to maintain a purer white color. If this doesn't matter to you, then you may use regular vanilla extract.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 36 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 421Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 50mgSodium 281mgCarbohydrates 62gFiber 2gSugar 51gProtein 5g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen

Wednesday 23rd of April 2014

These are absolutely gorgeous! I can practically taste them right now!

Jaclyn

Tuesday 17th of September 2013

Your photos are gorgeous as are these cupcakes!!

Mary

Wednesday 11th of September 2013

These were amazingly delicious!! I brought them to work for a coworkers birthday 2 yrs ago and now she asks for them every year! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

shahira dobrey

Friday 31st of May 2013

Made these with cocoa almond butter from Trader Joes instead of Nutella for a friend's birthday that prefers almonds... I was able to use only one 2# bag for all three frostings.. we don't like things that sweet.. can I leave the frosting out overnight if I'm frosting them in the morning? thanks!

Katie

Saturday 1st of June 2013

I don't like to leave frosting with cream cheese in it out overnight. I refrigerate it and then bring it to room temperature the next day.

Debra

Thursday 2nd of May 2013

OMGosh!! These look amazing! Nutella is my daughter's new and most favorite treat. Now I know what I will be attempting for her Birthday! I must say that I am intimidated by triple frosting! Yikes! Maybe I will have to practice a lot and work up to that. :P Thank you for sharing!

Debra

Monday 6th of May 2013

Oops! Here is my new favorite snack: http://www.diysupermom.com/feta-stuffed-sweet-peppers-bunco-night-appetizer/

Debra

Monday 6th of May 2013

I made these with double frosting, Nutella and Vanilla. YUMMM!!!!! They were gobbled up! I think I will be bold enough to try triple frosting next time!!! Here is my other new favorite: My Latest post