Nutella-filled chocolate cupcakes

Celebrate the world's favourite chocolate hazelnut spread with this sensational Nutella-filled chocolate cupcakes recipe. Create these decadent treats next time you need something sweet to share

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 30 mins cooking
  • Makes 12
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This recipe first appeared in Woman's Day.
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  • 125 gram butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup milk, plus ¼ cup extra
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 220 gram jar Nutella (see recipe tip)
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • extra chopped chocolate, chopped hazelnuts to serve
Chocolate buttercream
  • 125 gram butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • 1
    Preheat oven to moderate, 180°C. Line a 12-hole muffin pan with paper patty cases.
  • 2
    In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until creamy. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well.
  • 3
    Fold in the combined self-raising flour and cocoa alternately with the first measure of milk. Fold through chocolate chips. Spoon mixture into paper cases so each one is two-thirds full.
  • 4
    Bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked when tested. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 5
    In a small bowl, combine Nutella and extra milk until smooth.
  • 6
    For the chocolate buttercream: In a small bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter on high until pale. Gradually add combined icing sugar and cocoa, beating until fluffy. Beat in milk. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a fluted nozzle.
  • 7
    Using a small, sharp knife, cut a small recess in the centre of each cupcake. Sprinkle hazelnuts in the recesses. Fill with Nutella mixture.
  • 8
    Pipe chocolate buttercream on top of cupcakes. Sprinkle with extra chopped hazelnuts, drizzle with remaining Nutella and top with chopped chocolate.


  • Add a few drops of your favourite liqueur to the Nutella, if desired.