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Mini Maple & Nutella Cupcakes for World Nutella Day

Did you know that today is World Nutella Day? No? I didn't either until I had a conversation with Ros in the early hours of this morning.

I won a jar of nutella over at Kerrycooks and it arrived yesterday, that is where the conversation begins.

And so I got my mini cupcake maker from Prezzybox back out of the box for a second airing.

Cooper was very eager to get started and he was a great help measuring out the ingredients and whisking.

Once the cupcakes were cool, I filled them with Nutella and then topped them with Nutella Buttercream Icing and little itsy bitsy smartie-type sweets.

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Maple Cupcakes with a Nutella Filling

Really easy maple flavoured cupcakes. There is no butter in this recipe, so there is no beating until your arm wants to drop off. This is leisurely baking. I filled my cupcakes with nutella and piped nutella buttercream on top, but this is purely optional.
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1⁄3 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 1⁄3 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 8 tsp nutella (optional filling)
1. Preheat oven to 180c/160c fan/350f/gas 4 or preheat a cupcake maker (rub the wells lightly with oil).2. I made mini cupcakes in my cupcake maker, but you can bake these in cases. If so, pop the cases into a 12 cup muffin tray.3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, vinegar, maple syrup, oil and vanilla until well combined. Set aside while you measure the dry ingredients, for at least 2 minutes.4. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and whisk just until combined (do not over mix). 5. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups or 2⁄3 fill each well of your cupcake maker.6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until a tester inserted in one of the cupcakes comes out clean. If you are using a mini cupcake maker, give the cakes between 8 and 10 minutes until lightly golden and springy.7. Leave the cupcakes to cool on a wire rack. If you are filling them, cut a cone shape out of the top of each cake. Fill with ½ tsp of nutella, remove some of the cake underneath the lid and pop the lid back on. Drizzle with icing or frost with buttercream.8. Enjoy
Total time: Yield: 16 mini cupcakes or 12 standard cupcakes

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Nutella Buttercream Icing
A smooth chocolately buttercream. Great for piping onto cupcakes.
  • ½ cup/1 stick/125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk, a little more if needed
1. Cream the butter until it is smooth. 2. Add the nutella and beat until well combined.3. Add the icing sugar a spoonful at a time, whilst still mixing. 4. Add the milk and whisk in. Add a little more if you think it needs it.
Total time: Yield: enough for 12 cupcakes or 16 mini cucakes

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  1. What BEAUTIFUL little cakes Jac and I LOVE the decoration too.....clever you making them for Nutella Day, that was very swift off the mark!
    Thanks for entering these into Tea Time Treats for February.

  2. Looks delicious and tasty.Do link them up with lets cook for valentine chocolate and hearts event.

  3. Hi Karen, I didn't realise it was Nutella Day, until that chat with Ros last night, although I had already planned to make them. I thought they were perfect for teatime treats too :)

    I will go have a look Nayna :)

  4. I really don't think I could have gotten through life without knowing this recipe exists. I think I'm doing shopping today..!!

  5. I didn't realise it was Nutella Day either and I had planned to bake some Nutella brownies this weekend too.

    These cupcakes are so cute, I bet copper enjoyed them :)


  6. Thanks Little Miss Moi and hello. We haven't spoken for ages.

    I let him have one as they were wee and he loved it. Of course he was super proud that he had made them :)

  7. thanks for the mention! These are super cute and perfect for world nutella day! I'm so glad Cooper enjoyed himself - he sounds like a budding baker :)

  8. He loves being in the kitchen and helping Ros, it's kinda lovely actually :)

  9. I want one - they look gorgeous and so delicious - I had no idea it was world nutella day - managed to do something last year but this year I am just not on the ball at all! Glad cooper enjoyed them too - after making cakes is half the fun

  10. My kids love nutella. The cupcakes look divine and inviting. Thx for linking to the event.

    Event: Sweet Luv
    Event: Strawberries

  11. These look fantastic. I adore Nutella! Must give them a whirl!

  12. Those look like fun and I bet they were really yummy.

  13. I cannot believe I missed World Nutella Day! I'm going to have to make up for it as I have a huge craving now I've seen those cakes!

  14. Leisurely baking sounds my kind of baking!

    The cakes look so adorable and the nutella frosting sounds amazing, mmm! Want!

  15. Waw, my friend! :)

    Your hidden Nutella cupcakes look so beautiful & that frosting looks realy divine! :)

    Lucky Cooper! :)

  16. Fun recipe, Jacqueline. Love the photo with the cupcake's hat off!

  17. What gorgeous little cupcakes and SO full of delicious flavor!
    mary x

  18. Now that is my idea of a cupcake. I'm sure I have a half used jar of nutella lurking at the back of the cupboard (in the hopes I wouldn't attack it late one night with a teaspoon!)

  19. Such mouthwatering, pretty little cupcakes, and Nutella filling. The frosting is beautiful!
    Totally loving these yummy little beauties:DDD

  20. Baking is one of Cooper's favourite things to do Johanna. His childminder told me that yesterday, he spent all his time at playgroup playing with the pretend kitchen. I have a chef in the making!

    Hi Vardhini, what's not to like about Nutella, hehe :)

    Thanks Aarthi :)

    Be careful not to eat too many then Charlotte, it is easy done. I insisted that Graham take them to work, so I wouldn't be temopted!

    They were really good Sylvie, although the predominant flavour is chocolate rather than maple :)

    I could easily have missed World Nutella Day too, if it had not been for my conversation on twitter Ali :)

    I'll be using the nutella buttercream again Anne, it is really good :)

    Thank you Sophie :)

    I always love step by step photos myself Barbara, so decided to show the middle stage :)

    Thanks Mary, they were excellent cupcakes :)

    It is easy done Chele, Nutella is definitely best kept out of sight :)

    Thank you Elizabeth :)

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  22. Nutella Buttercream Icing looks soo good. i might try that for valentines day for my lady. MIGHT

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  23. Very pretty indeed...and cos they're small you can eat more of them!


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