Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

As a child, I grew up watching my grandmother bake. She was one of the sought after bakers from my community. My mom picked up the skill and I later did. We enjoyed vanilla cakes which was the flavor of choice. Chocolate cake was not a cake I grew up eating, but in my twenties, I discovered my love for a rich and delicious chocolate cake.

One day, my mother came over to spend some time with the girls. I had some of this chocolate cake left over from a few days before. When I got in, she immediately asked for the recipe. She loved the moistness and richness of the cake. It was also a big hit with my friends.

If you do decide to stay in and bake this weekend, you can try this one out.

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

2/3 cup buttermilk, shaken

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

10 tablespoon (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened

2/3 cups sugar

1/3 cups lightly packed, light brown sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons coffee

For the nutella frosting:

2 3/4 cup confectioners sugar

6 tablespoons butter

5 tablespoons evaporated/whole milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

nutella

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare one cupcake tin with liners.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and both types of sugar on a medium speed. Scrape the sides of the bowl, and add the eggs one at a time, beating in low until combined. Mix in the vanilla extract.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and coffee. Stir until combined.

4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Then pour in the buttermilk. Mix on a medium speed for a few minutes.

5. Scoop out mixture to fill liners with about 2/3 mixture. Place in the center of the oven. When done allow the cupcakes to cool.

For the frosting:

1. To prepare the frosting, cream room temperature butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the confectioners sugar and vanilla extract and mix on low. Add the evaporated milk a tablespoon at a time until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium until smooth and creamy. Add nutella and mix to the desired richness and consistency.

Enjoy and share if you can. After all, it is the season for giving.

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