Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Nutella Cupcakes: A French Twist on an American Classic

This was such a fun idea to do with my French girlfriends because they are always asking me about "those brightly colored cakes you see in American movies and series". I used the Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes recipe, which is excellent, then we iced them with vanilla icing and Nutella. Without a doubt, the Nutella cupcakes were the best and most popular. We even ended up scraping off the vanilla icing and using Nutella for all of them.

Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes

Makes 2 dozen cupcakes


• 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
• 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
• 2 cups sugar
• 4 large eggs, at room temperature
• 1 cup milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers.

In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside.

In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about three-quarters full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before .

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