Nutella Cupcakes

These Nutella Cupcakes are soft, moist and full of Nutella flavor – both in the cupcake and the frosting! They’re easy to make in just one bowl and topped with a fresh strawberry slice.

Nutella Cupcakes on a wooden stand

Nutella Cupcakes on a wooden stand

Nutella Cupcakes

We had a beautiful Easter weekend. I hope you did too! We watched my niece play some basketball, my mom came into town and we hung out with the family on Sunday.

At my niece’s basketball game, she asked me if I was bringing the carrot cake that they love so much for Easter the next day. Total #BadAunt moment. I had completely forgotten about how much they love that carrot cake and was totally unprepared. I’d been thinking so much about what regular food, i.e. not dessert, I was bringing that dessert totally slipped my mind. How does that even happen to me? I mean, really.

I think I’m just so used to having plenty of things made, sitting in the fridge, waiting to be taken to someone that I just forgot. And to top it off, the end of last week was fairly busy with other things so I hadn’t really baked anything new. So not only did I not have my carrot cake, but I didn’t have anything else either.

Who am I, and what have I done with my other self?

Nutella Cupcakes on a white plate
Nutella Cupcakes with a bite out of one

So I went to Nothing Bundt Cake and got some bundtinis. Have you ever had their cakes? I’m kind of a cake snob (and didn’t want grocery store cake) and their cakes are seriously good. I got some carrot ones and tried not to feel bad about my failure as an aunt and overall dessert provider. Even my sister in law was shocked and was like, “You didn’t have something already made?” It’s really not like me.

Oh well. We survived. 🙂 Which is fortunate, because now I get to share these cupcakes with you and you wouldn’t want to be deprived of them, would you?

They are full of Nutella, which is basically one of the most delicious things ever. Nutella is dangerous. All I need is a spoon and a jar and I’m good. But I decided to put it into a cupcake.

Nutella Cupcakes on a 3-level wooden stand
Nutella Cupcakes on a wooden stand

The cupcakes are super moist. And they are great to make because they really are simple. The dry ingredients are all added to a bowl and whisked together (my version of sifting), then the wet ingredients are added. Simple. Just make sure to not over beat the batter. You really only want to mix it together until it’s smooth.

You might notice a few bits of butter in the batter, but that’s ok. They melt when the cupcakes bake and it’s all good. The softer your butter, the less bits you’ll have. Softer is better. Don’t use cold butter.

The icing is also full of Nutella. It’s delightful. I like to make my icing using a combination of butter and shortening. I wrote all about why in my vanilla buttercream frosting post, so if you are curious, check it out. Truth is, it’s my preference, but you can easily substitute the shortening for all butter. Completely your call.

I finished the cupcakes off with a drizzle of warmed up Nutella and a slice of strawberry, but that’s optional. I just think it makes them look pretty. 🙂 And what’s better than a cupcake that looks and tastes great?

Nutella Cupcakes on a white plate and a wooden stand

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Nutella Cupcakes

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 Cupcakes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Nutella Cupcakes are soft, moist and full of Nutella flavor – both in the cupcake and the frosting! They’re easy to make in just one bowl and topped with a fresh strawberry slice.



  • 1 2/3 cups (217g) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (207g) sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup (168g) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (160g) Nutella
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk


  • 1/2 cup (112g) salted butter
  • 1/2 cup (95g) shortening
  • 4 cups (460g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup (160g) Nutella
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) water
  • additional Nutella, for garnish
  • 56 strawberries, sliced for garnish, if desired


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
3. Add butter, Nutella, egg whites, vanilla, sour cream and milk and mix on medium speed until smooth.
4. Fill cupcake liners a little more than half way.
5. Bake 19-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs.
6. Remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.
7. While cupcakes cool, make icing. Mix butter and shortening together until smooth.
8. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
9. Add Nutella and 1 tbsp water, mix until smooth.
10. Add remaining powdered sugar and 1 tbsp water and mix until smooth.
11. Ice cupcakes.
12. Warm up about 1/4 cup of Nutella (for garnish, if desired) for about 15-30 seconds, until pourable, and drizzle over cupcakes. Add a slice of strawberry, if desired.


You may notice little bits of butter in the cupcakes batter, but that’s ok. They will melt into the cupcake as they bake. Also, the shortening in the icing can be replaced with butter if preferred.

Keywords: nutella cupcakes, nutella frosting, nutella dessert, nutella on cake, nutella recipe, chocolate cupcakes recipe, best chocolate cupcakes recipe, easy chocolate cupcakes recipe, moist chocolate cupcakes recipe


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  1. Brenda

    I made these cupcakes, but I poked a whole in the middle and put some Nutella inside the cupcakes they turned out GREAT my son in law loved them. 

  2. Hanna

    Made these for my boyfriend’s birthday and they turned out great! Had way more batter than 12 cupcakes though so we made a little cake too. 

  3. Katie

    Hi Lindsay, I just came across your blog recently and am loving it. I just made the Nutella cupcakes (with gluten free flour) and they look and taste amazing. I’m bringing them to sell at a cake stall at what is hoped to be the biggest Repair Cafe in the world run by the Cambridge Carbon Footprint here in Cambridge, UK. I’m an American who lives here. Just thought you would like to know your recipe will be enjoyed tomorrow by many across the pond!

  4. Bob Stevens

    terrible! The Cupcakes over flowed the base and we didn’t even put half way! Way too much was made!!!! This is such a waste of ingredients and such a waste of our time! My sons birthday is ruined!!!!

  5. Michelle B

    These cupcakes are sooo good! I made them as minis and the whole family loved them. Thanks for the awesome recipe 🙂

  6. Darnell Moser

    Hi, Lindsay — You mentioned in another recipe post that you were staying out of town & it was awkward for you because you often need to get up & go to the bathroom in the night.  You asked for comments or ideas about that.  Don’t know if you actually indulge in sugary desserts as much as you bake them (and they look FANTASTIC, girl!), but it might be a good idea to tell your doctor about that problem.  Excessive urination is one symptom of diabetes.  (I think I mentioned one time in another comment that my hubby is diabetic.)  Take care of yourself.  I really like baking cakes, too,  & I learn from your recipes & videos.  Thanks for sharing!  God bless you.

  7. Nicole Seegmiller

    Absolutely beautiful, and delicious too!  Just curious as to where you found the cupcake stand?  Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

  8. Salina Inzaghi

    i wonder if it’s possible to substitute baking soda with more baking powder? i dont quite like the aftertaste you get when using baking soda for making cakes

      1. Lindsay

        I can’t remember if I’ve tried it or not, but I think it would work. I just don’t usually think yogurt lends as much moisture.

  9. Ashley

    I’ve made the cupcakes and they’re super- wondering if this recipe could be made into a 9×13 cake? Has anyone tried it?


      I haven’t tried it, but think it’d probably be fine. You’d probably need to double the recipe though.


      It’s a butter substitute that I like to use. It can be replaced with additional butter if you don’t have access to it or would prefer not to use it.

  10. Anna @ Sunny Side Ups!!! Haha, my family always thinks I magically have limitless amounts of desserts ready to bring them too! Designated family baker problems… 🙂

  11. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures

    Yum! Noone ever assumes I have a freshed baked good sitting around ready to bring to events 🙂

  12. Lynne

    These look so pretty and I know that they will taste divine! I love cupcakes so these I will be baking soon 🙂

  13. Aunt J

    My darling Lindsay (who I am beginning to love more than butter), Cut it out! Uncle is about to limit my screen time. But wait, he saw the cupcakes . . . now I have all the time I want, as long as he can hear the mixer running. Thanks for another great recipe.

  14. Kathleen Richardson

    I’m fairly new to your blog, but already loving your recipes–especially if they contain Nutella!

  15. Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    Nutella is my weakness so I just know I would LOVE these cupcakes! I can hardly buy the stuff anymore because I just attack it with a spoon. So delish!

  16. Mir

    Nutella drizzle is never optional. And these cupcakes are so phenomenal!
    Sounds like you had a perfect holiday weekend!

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I'm a wife and mom to twin boys, a baby girl and a sweet black lab with a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the sugar!

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