I promise I’m not addicted to or obsessed by Nutella! I’m saying this as I only recently posted this Nutella and peanut butter cornflake cake recipe. The reason for my numerous Nutella recipes in a short period is that I accidentally ordered an embarrassingly large jar (like, 1KG!!) from Ocado.
I seem to do that a lot – ending up with tiny bags of peas or ginormous sacks of spinach. It’s definitely a hazard of online shopping, but doing it online sure beats a trip to the supermarket with a 2 and 4 year old in tow!
You know I love healthy food, but you also probably know I appreciate the heart warming, soul snuggling worth of a homemade treat too – especially if it’s chocolatey! My son was at a playdate (I hate that word – has anyone got a suggestion for an alternative?) last week so I had some extra time with my daughter. We decided to bake cupcakes! These are basically Mary Berry’s cupcake recipe with Nutella – in the sponge and the icing. So easy – great for baking with kids. And really quite delish too.
As you can see, I am as far from a piping bag wielding cupcake expert as you could get – I just smother the icing on using a teaspoon. Also don’t do as I did and remove the paper case; it’s a bloody nightmare to get a grip on them for icing. Lesson learned!
Makes: 12 cupcakes
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
100g butter, softened
150g self-raising flour
150g caster sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons of Nutella
For the icing:
100g butter, softened
225g icing sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons of Nutella
A splash of milk may be required, to loosen
Blitzed chocolate to decorate (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- Beat the ingredients together until smooth. I use an electric whisk to do this.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Leave to cool, then ice.
- To make icing, whip up the butter and icing sugar until they form a thick paste – it will happen, don’t worry, just keep beating! Then fold in the Nutella – add a splash of milk if it needs loosening.
- When the cakes are cool, smother icing on with a teaspoon and sprinkle blitzed up chocolate (or whatever you fancy) on top).