Nutella Strawberry Cupcakes

Nutella Strawberry Cupcake

Nutella Strawberry Cupcake

Since Valentines Day is right around the corner, I thought I’d share my signature Nutella Strawberry cupcake recipe.

I made these a few weeks ago and they were a hit.

“The Nutella Strawberry cupcake is a masterpiece of chocolate, cream cheese, and strawberry. Deceptively simply, the Nutella strawberry cupcake achieves a perfect balance between cake and cream, chocolate and strawberry. And they’re pretty.”

~Amy Snyder

Chocolate Nutella Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • Eggs (as called for on cake mix box)
  • Oil (as called for on cake mix box)
  • Water (as called for on cake mix box)
  • 1 box chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 jar of Nutella

Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients

I use Wilton’s recipe, but any cream cheese icing recipe should work.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter softened
  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese softened
  • 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Garnishes

  • 12 strawberries, halved
  • A little bit of the afore mentioned Nutella

Cupcake Instructions

  1. Combine the chocolate cake mix and chocolate pudding mix in a bowl.
  2. Add eggs, oil and water as directed on cake mix box.
  3. Mix and bake cupcakes as directed on cake mix box.
  4. Let cupcakes cool.
  5. Core the cupcakes with an apple corer or similar tool.
  6. Put a about half of the Nutella in a microwavable bowl and microwave until liquid-y.
  7. Fill each hole with Nutella.
  8. Let the cupcakes sit for a little while.
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Cored cupcakes filled with Nutella

Icing Instructions

  1.  Beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer (or by hand if you’re a poor college student and don’t own one).
  2. Gradually add confectioiners’ sugar and milk.
  3. Beat until smooth.
  4. Add more confectioners’ sugar to thicken, milk to thin.

Decorating Instructions

  1. Pipe icing onto cupcakes.
  2. Poke a small hole with a toothpick in the corner of a Ziplock bag.
  3. Fill bag with the rest of the melted Nutella (or melt more if needed).
  4. Pipe the Nutella out of the bag in back and forth pattern on each cupcake.
  5. Garnish with half a strawberry. (I’ve found that if you wait to add the strawberry until you’re ready to serve it, the cupcake will hold up better.)
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Currently Playing Along

I came across an awesome blog post by Jones Design Company today. Emily talks about what’s going on by saying what she’s currently loving, doing, working on, etc. At the end, she encouraged her readers to play along, so here I go.

Loving: This fantastic box of goodies that just came in the mail. I haven’t gotten a chance to dig too deeply in it, but I have found some M&Ms, socks, cake mix, and my Washington Journalism Center grades (FINALLY)!

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Reading: Although one of my goals for the new year is to read more, I’ve not been doing too well. I am reading my Bible, as well as reading a manuscript for a book by Dr. Blevins for my editing class.

Waiting for: Spring Break to get here! I miss my family.

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Excited about: Going to D.C. with my roommate over Easter Break! I can’t wait to get back to the city I love, as well as introduce Stephanie to all my favorite places.

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Trying to: Drink more water. I drink way to much Diet Dr. Pepper and coffee!

Working on: Job applications and news stories. It seems like all I ever do is write, write, write (not that I mind).

Enjoying: Downton Abbey. I can’t get enough of it! Sundays are my favorite day!

Using: iPad. One of my classes is in the experimental pilot program for using iPads on campus. So, we get to use a university owned iPad for the semester. I haven’t quite gotten the hang of it, but I have a feeling that I’m going to be fully attached by the end of the semester.

Wearing: Pink scarf from Charming Charlie… definitely one of my favorites.

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Planning: My graduation party with my mom! Thank goodness for Pinterest boards that allow multiple pinners.

Singing: Behold our GodIt’s by far one of my favorite songs right now.

Needing: Consistent income. I start tutoring English next week and begin working at Chick-fil-A again part time the following week, but right now, finances are tight!

Learning: I’m taking 15 hours of classes this semester. My favorite, though, is photography. I’m really excited to learn more about how to take good photos.

Listening to: Ironically enough, I’m listening to my playlist entitled “Friday” on Spotify. It’s a mix of all my country and Worship music. Right now, Keith Urban’s song, “Stupid Boy,” is playing.

Wishing: That I’ll get the White House internship I applied for this summer. That I’ll meet a godly man who will cherish me. That I was at home. That May would hurry up and get here.

Doing: Hanging out in the new study rooms in the Tucker Student Center with Amy. She’s working on homework and I’m blogging, Pinteresting and getting job applications put together.

Dreaming of: Going back to D.C. for good. Having a job there, going to church there, living life there.