April 28, 2010

Hazelnut Cupcakes with Nutella Swiss Meringue Frosting

Hazelnut cupcakes with nutella swiss meringue frosting 2

Its been so long since I've baked cupcakes. In a way these cupcakes don't even count as being baked by me, so I still haven't baked any cupcakes since the end of last year. These cupcakes were baked by V1 from the dynamic V duo, with me as the baking supervisor. Sadly I didn't get an official supervisor hat - I imagine it would have been in the shape of a cupcake.....one can only dream right? So before hand there was a feverish email exchange as to what flavour cupcakes to bake, we settled on Hazelnut cupcakes due to their moist crumb and nutty flavour, and Nutella Swiss meringue frosting because I had copious amounts of egg whites in my freezer.

V1 did an awesome job. When coming out of the oven the cupcakes all looked identical, a feat I am still yet to master and her piping skills are pretty impressive considering it was her first time. It took her a couple of go's to get the hang of it, but in the end she got it. I was well impressed, her first cupcake looked like a rose! You know what the best thing about having someone over to bake cupcakes? you get all the joy of baking them, but dont have to worry about eating them all yourself! Not that that would be an issue for me, its just that I've become TOO efficient at eating cupcakes!

frosting is hard to do

There are heaps of recipes for swiss meringue frosting on the internet. After making this frosting quite a few times I've come up with a recipe that doesnt use a tonn of butter. Sometimes if I feel inclined I'll add extra butter to give a more creamy finish. Its a little scary to make, it seriously looks like the mixture has split, but then buttery magic happens and it all comes together and become fluffy and just perfect. Just persist and you'll get there. For a step by step and VERY american video, go here. I remember the first time I bought these cupcakes into work, my workmates were eating the frosting as if it was an ice cream! If you're a little worried about the egg-whites and want to refrigerate the cupcakes just make sure to let the cupcakes come back to room temperature before eating - or else the frosting begins to take on the consistency of mock cream - some people like it, I'm not a fan.

Hazelnut cupcakes with nutella swiss meringue frosting

Hazelnut, Vanilla Cupcakes

Ingredients (makes 18)

* 170g unsalted butter, softened
* 100g caster sugar
* 3 eggs
* 250g plain flour
* 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
* 1 tsp salt
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 100g hazelnut meal
* 1 cup (250ml) buttermilk


1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners

2. Place butter and caster sugar in bowl of electric mixer, beat for 5 minutes until pale and fluffy.

3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift together flour, baking powder and baking soda and salt. Add hazelnut meal to flour mixture then fold into egg mixture. Stir in buttermilk, mix to form a smooth batter. Carefully divide evenly into cupcake liners.

4. Cook for 12-14 minutes, or until cupcakes are firm to the touch

naked cupcakes

Swiss Meringue Frosting


* 200 g egg whites
* 3/4 cups granulated sugar
* 200g (roughly) unsalted butter, cut into 1cm pieces, slightly cool but not at room temperature
* 200g dark chocolate and 1 small jar of Nutella


1. Melt chocolate over a baine marie, put aside and allow to come to room temperature

2. Add sugar to egg whites and whisk together over simmering water until egg-white mixture is hot to touch or a candy thermometer reads 60°C.

3. Pour hot whites into a room-temperature bowl and whip on medium-high speed until doubled in volume.

4. Continue to whip the mixture on low-medium. Add half the butter into the bowl and continue to whisk until all melted. Add the rest of the butter one piece at a time until all butter has been incorporated. Dont worry if the mixture looks sloppy, it will fluff up as the mixture cools and forms an emulsion.

5. Continue beating until the mixture begins to look light and fluffy. Replace whip with a paddle and add melted chocolate, and enough Nutella to make you happy and continue to beat. The chocolate adds colour while the Nutella will add flavour. Before frosting cupcakes, place in the fridge to slightly firm, this helps with pipping onto cupcakes. If the mixture becomes too cool, re-whip and use immediately. Any left over frosting can be stored in the freezer.

nutella swiss meringue frosting


Jetsetting Joyce (MEL: HOT OR NOT) said...

Lordy these look amazing. I looove hazelnut and nutella - definitely trying this soon.

Jetsetting Joyce

Chanel11 said...

Man I wish I could frost like that...

Sook said...

Oh the frosting looks so wondeful! I love nutella!

penny aka jeroxie said...

Gosh. I wish I could frost like you. You make it look so damn easy.

Agnes said...

Task for this weekend: practice my piping. How on earth did V get it so good on her first go?!

Arwen from Hoglet K said...

The hazelnut meal must make a beautifully moist cupcake! I love the idea of the nutella in the frosting, but the beating over hot water sounds scary.

Eyes Bigger Than Belly said...

ooooh - I'm definately going to have to make these - I'm not where near mastering frosting... it just doesn't seem to work for me - or maybe I'm just too fussy? These look AMAZING!!! :)

Megan said...

Good job! Getting it on first try. The frosting looks great. My biggest issue in frosting is the heat. Where I live, it's too hot and the frosting tends to melt. :(
Good job though!

OohLookBel said...

What a great effort - the cupcakes look so good, and the piping is gorgeous. Would you mind supervising my next batch of cupcakes? I need all the help I can get!

Ali-K said...

I am absolutely drooling. I haven't had cupcakes for ages. Must go on a mission soon (or bake myself).
The piping is fantastic.

Neev said...

great work, Maria.

Conor @ HoldtheBeef said...

The consistency of this frosting is PERFECT. I was already thinking of eating it like ice cream before you mentioned it.

You deserve a cupcake hat.

chitchatchomp@yahoo.com.au said...

Talk about the perfect looking cupcake! These look absolutely amazing!! Leigh

Anita said...

I love the piped swirls - You must be a great teacher. I would love to see a cupcake hat - please make one :)