Gluten-Free Nutella Cupcakes

Oh my goodness friendos.  I am so sincerely sorry that I haven’t updated the blorg in 2 whole months.  Life just has this pesky habit of getting in the way of fun, and it made my heart sad to be baking without the time to update recipes.  To quote Septa Unella, “Shame”.  So it is my pleasure to make my grand exit from self-imposed baking exile in a huge way, by bringing you gluten free Nutella cupcakes.  You may be thinking okay, Nutella in the batter? Next.” but you would be sorely mistaken!  These cupcakes have a Nutella center, with Nutella buttercream.  So if you’re a casual Nutella fan, I would look elsewhere (and also, what?) but if you’re one of those types that puts Nutella in, on, and around everything – right this way.

Gluten-Free Nutella Cupcakes

  • Servings: 2 dozen regular cupcakes, roughly 4 dozen mini
  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Difficulty: easy, but time consuming
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free 1:1 mix of your choosing (I love the Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 mix!  Also, if you’re not baking for a GF friend in your life, regular ol’ AP flour works just fine)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I did a mix of black cocoa and Hershey’s cocoa)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (okay, if you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can use The Kitchn’s guide to making your own with vinegar or lemon juice OR buttermilk powder if you bake a lot because it’s so worth it/magical)
  • 1/2 cup coffee, room temperature/lukewarm
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    Party time!

FILLING:

  • literally just a 13 oz. jar of Nutella

FROSTING:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cup Nutella (if you like big ol’ piles of frosting, guilty as charged, err on the side of more Nutella)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar (once again, the ratio depends on how much frosting you want – play around with it until you have a consistency you’re happy with, and you can add more if needed!)
  • 2-3 tbsp  whole milk or heavy cream to thin out your frosting as needed

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line your baking pans with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together your butter and sugar.  Add the eggs one by one, beating well after each egg.  Add vanilla, making sure it is well combined with eggs and sugar mix.IMG_5479
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together cocoa, flour, baking soda, and salt until combined.  (Worth it to sift the cocoa and flour before whisking to get any big lumps out of it).
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    See? Lumpy flour mess prior to sifting.
  4. In a third bowl, stir buttermilk with coffee until combined.  If you’re using buttermilk powder, add the powder to the dried ingredient bowl and proportional amount of water to the coffee bowl.
  5. Add the dry ingredients in thirds to the sugar mix, alternating with buttermilk and coffee mixture, beating well after each addition and scraping the bowl as needed.
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    Your batter may not look that dark – black cocoa is for REAL.
  6. Fill your cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter and bake for 15-20 minutes (standard cupcakes) or 11-14 minutes (mini cupcakes), until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcake comes out clean with very little crumbs.IMG_5484
  7. Let cupcakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove them to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  8. Now the cupcakes should be cooled fully – still with me? Great!  For the mini cupcakes I used the Wilton 230 tip and for the standard cupcakes I scooped out some of the center of the cupcake and set it aside (ate it).  Fill your cupcakes with Nutella using whichever method you prefer.
  9. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, Nutella and vanilla until smooth.
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    Try not to eat it all with a spoon.
  10. Gradually add powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached, adding milk/more powdered sugar as needed to get ideal smooth consistency.  Frost the cupcakes with whatever method you like, offset spatula works or the ol’ trusty Wilton 1M for the sky high pile of fluff.
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    JUST LOOK AT THAT!
  11. Take all of them into your room and hide them under lock and key.  Share only if person knows the password.
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    The big babies dressed up and ready to go

Enjoy!

And if you’re not yet, be sure to follow me on Instagram at @wez_inthekitchen – today was my first run doing a live video feed while I baked, and there will definitely be more to come!

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