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NUTELLA & STRAWBERRY CUPCAKE RECIPE

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Nutella and strawberry has been a favorite combination of mine. The smooth chocolate hazelnut spread with the fresh pop of berries is just too good. So naturally I thought the combination would make a fabulous cupcake. Here's the recipe for you to try.




For the Nutella Cupcakes:

  • ½ cup sugar

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter

  • ½ cup Nutella

  • ¼ cup sour cream, room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 large egg whites

  • 1 ¼ cups (163g) plain flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 6 tablespoons milk

  • Additional Nutella, for topping


For the Strawberry Frosting:

  • ½ cup strawberry puree

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter

  • ½ cup butter or shortening

  • 5 cups powdered sugar

  • Pinch of salt

  • Strawberries, for topping


METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, prepare a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

  2. Beat the sugar, butter and Nutella until lighter in color and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.

  3. Add sour cream and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.

  4. Add the egg whites in two batches, mixing until well combined.

  5. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

  6. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until well combined. Add the milk to the batter and mix until well combined. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined.

  7. Fill cupcake liners only about halfway, or a bit less. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs.

  8. Remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.


FROSTING:

  1. Add the strawberry puree to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes, until reduced in half to about ¼ cup. Set in the fridge to cool completely.

  2. Combine the butter and shortening in a large mixer bowl and mix until smooth.

  3. Add about half of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.

  4. Add a tablespoon of the cooled strawberry puree and mix until well combined and smooth.

  5. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.

  6. Add another 2-3 tablespoons, as needed, to get the right consistency and flavor frosting, mixing until well combined and smooth.

  7. Add a pinch of salt, to taste.

  8. When the cupcakes are cooled completely, spread a thin layer of Nutella on top of each of them.

  9. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes using a closed star pastry tip.