Let me tell you about how good these cupcakes are. See those two cupcakes down there? See how there are just two, not twelve? That's all that was left by the time I actually had a minute to snap a photo.
I get a kick out of making slightly non-traditional baked goods. Things that most people have never heard of before. That's probably why I just made chocolate chip cookies for the very first time last month. These Self-Frosting Nutella Cupcakes definitely fall into that "intriguing" category.
They're really easy to make, and a great alternative for people (like my former self) who find piping/decorating cupcakes to be too high maintenance. Although they're lacking that piled-high frosting and look eerily similar to muffins, I can assure you that these are genuine, bona fide cupcakes. The nutella sort of hardens in the oven, giving it a texture that's similar to canned frosting - in a good way. The cake itself is divine too. It has a classic yellow cake flavor and the recipe is so simple that I'm sure I'll be using it as a base for other cupcakes in the future.
Self-Frosting Nutella Cupcakes
Adapted from Baking Bites
Makes 12 cupcakes
10 tbsp (140 grams) butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups (200 grams) sifted all purpose flour (sift, then measure!)
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
Nutella, approximately 1/3 cup
1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners.
2. Cream together butter and sugar until light, 2 minutes. Add in eggs one at a time, until fully incorporated. Don’t worry if the batter doesn’t look smooth. Add vanilla. Stir in flour, salt and baking powder until batter is uniform and no flour remains.
3. Using an ice cream scoop for uniformity, fill each muffin liner with batter. They should be 3/4 full, if you’re not using a scoop. Top each cake with 1 1/2 tsp nutella. Swirl nutella in with a toothpick, skewer, or sharp knife, making sure to fold a bit of batter up over the nutella. Don't worry about making it look pretty.
4. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.