Homemade Chocolate Cake with Nutella Frosting

I probably should have taken the picture BEFORE cutting the cake, no?

For Maya’s 16th birthday back in March, she wanted to hang out with her friends. We have a tiny tiny living room, and we wanted her birthday to be special, so we decided to rent rooms at a nearby hotel. We got the girls a suite, and we had the adjoining room next door. I decided to go against my prior training (which is open box of mix, follow directions) and make a homemade birthday cake. I was inspired by Mel, who is friend with my real-life friend Stacey, and has a blog called Cupcake Friday Project. One cake that caught my eye was a chocolate cupcake with Nutella frosting. I’m not really a fan of Nutella, but Maya loves it, and it was her birthday, right? So I went for it. It was delicious. Really chocolaty, moist cake (I think I threw in an extra egg), and really Nutella-y frosting. (OK, I didn’t like the frosting. But the teens seemed to LOVE it.) My cake decorating skills leave a large large amount to be desired. It’s the love that counts, right?

Here’s the recipe, with full credit to Mel. To make a cake instead of cupcakes, I just doubled everything. Except eggs…I put in 5 instead of 4. My old roommate in SF used that trick, and he NEVER made a dry cake.

Chocolate buttermilk cupcakes with nutella frosting
Yield: 15 cupcakes

Cupcakes Ingredients
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/8 tsp tsp salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
3/8 cup (3/4 of a stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla

Frosting Ingredients
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup nutella
2 1/2-3 cups confectioners sugar
1 tbsp heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and position the racks toward the center. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl covered with parchment paper. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa in a bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter until fluffy. Add sugar and beat for an additional 5 minutes. Add the eggs, then add the melted semi-sweet chocolate (cooled slightly), mixing well to incorporate.

Measure out the buttermilk and vanilla and stir to combine. On low speed, add flour mixture and buttermilk/vanilla mixture alternatively, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.

Bake for 18 minutes, checking with a toothpick. These cupcakes take approximately 20 minutes to bake.

For the nutella frosting, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add 1 cup of sugar gradually, beating until combined. Add the nutella and the cream, then add the remaining sugar in 1/2 cup increments to your own taste.

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8 thoughts on “Homemade Chocolate Cake with Nutella Frosting

  1. I love to bake birthday cakes from scratch. I find cakes pretty easy and so satisfying. I’m not a great decorator either but my kids have never complained! For my daughter’s last birthday, I made a yellow layer cake with pineapple filling and vanilla buttercream frosting doused with coconut. My son likes a homemade chocolate cake with buttercream frosting covered with marachino cherries and crushed Oreos.

  2. Wow, both of those sound great! Between the cake I made for my sister in law’s birthday, and this one, I’ve officially recovered from my fear of homemade cake!

  3. Okay, the Nutella thing…sigh. But we have other things to cement our friendship. Avocados, wine, bruschetta…hey, wait. We have other things in common than food, don’t we?

  4. Nance, plenty more! And think of it this way, if I don’t like Nutella, that means there’s more for you, right? That’s a good thing. That’s how I look at it when I discover someone doesn’t like guacamole or something.

  5. Makes note of recipe! Dudelet and little elf have a huge thing for Nutella, though I can’t deal with it personally. Did you know Pizza Express actually have a desert which is nothing more than doughballs and a tub of Nutella?

    • Gabriel, make cupcakes. Then make some Nutella frosting, and some chocolate frosting. Or cream cheese frosting. Whatever you like best. 🙂

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