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Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes

Soft chocolate cupcakes topped with a rich Nutella buttercream frosting.
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For the cupcakes:

  • cup hot coffee , see Note (160 ml)
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (42 grams)
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour (150 grams)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup sour cream (150 grams)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil (120 ml)

For the frosting:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar , sifted (908 grams)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter , at room temperature (113 grams)
  • 13 oz jar Nutella or chocolate hazelnut spread (370 grams)
  • ⅓-½ cup sour cream (75-113 grams)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or grease with cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, combine the hot coffee and cocoa powder. Whisk until smooth. Set aside to cool. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking soda.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a bowl with a hand-held mixer, beat the sugar and eggs until pale and thick, about 3 minutes. Add the sour cream, and then add the vegetable oil. Add the dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with the cocoa mixture. Mix until smooth.
  • Fill the muffin cups ⅔ full. Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until the tops of the cupcakes bounce back when touched. Let cool in the pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool cool completely.

!To make the frosting:

  • Beat the powdered sugar, butter, Nutella and ⅓ cup of the sour cream on medium speed until smooth. Add more sour cream if necessary to achieve a spreadable consistency. Increase speed to high and beat for an additional 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy. Frost cupcakes as desired.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Note: Using coffee enhances the chocolate flavor in the cupcakes. If desired, you can substitute with hot water.


Calories: 381kcal, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 35mg, Sodium: 165mg, Potassium: 142mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 44g, Vitamin A: 237IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 2mg
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