Today happens to be the World Nutella Day ,so I knew I had to celebrate this for my daughter lest she call me insipid ...no ..actually I knew I had to do something special as her birthday also happens to be 2 days from now,I could serve these to her friends along with some of her other favorites (only if I still have some of these left ,till then)
I have to share this with everyone that I was completely unaware of this decadent,rich & creamy bread spreads existence for a very long time.
I was in Hyderabad, when one of our friend's sister who was married to a German guy and lived in Germany , was visiting India and she got bottles of Nutella for her family. Her niece was Manasi's friend and this is how Manasi first got introduced to Nutella. Manasi was very excited and asked me to look for this wonder spread in the stores. I checked with some of my friends who had already been living in Hyderabad much before we moved there and they led me to this fancy store which carried many exotic products from other countries. The bottle was very expensive and I used to use the spread very frugally on the bread :0
OK the cup cakes are done and they look as light as a feather,the frosting is not the traditional frosting nevertheless the nutella self frosting cup cakes look and taste marvellous. The nutella hardens up in the oven and the texture is that of any traditional frosting. I did swirl it up a little with a metal toothpick before I put them in the oven and I must say these taste incredibly soft and buttery with all the nutella goodness the Nutella day calls for.
Thanks to Amy of Playing House who finds her own unique ways of baking and cooking,I am in love with this simplified self frosting nutella cupcakes. BTW Amy I too have very little Patience with icing bags and frosting, they do fall under the high maintenance category for me .So I instantly grabbed this one .The moment I layed my eyes on this,I knew this was my kinda recipe.
Manasi has gone to Manhattan to celebrate her pre-birthday party with her friends,she is in for a surprise when she gets back tonite,I will have these on a tray in her room by her bedside table :)
Here is the recipe for these cup cakes:
Notes: I have mixed Nusco which is also a duo hazelnut spread a product of Holland with Nutella.
All purpose flour: 1 and 3/4 cup
Butter: 10 tbsp (140 gms)
white sugar: 3/4 cup
Baking Powder: 2 tsp
vanilla: 1/2 tsp
salt: 1/2 tsp
Nutella: 1/3 cup approximately
Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners. This mix will make 12 cupcakes.
Pre-heat the oven at 325 d farenheit
Beat the butter and sugar till light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time and beat well till well incorporated. Take the flour with baking powder & salt and seive.
Now add the flour a little at a time and fold in with the creamed butter & sugar.When all the flour is well incorporated add the vanilla. Mix it well, and scoop out a tbsp and a half of the batter and fill the muffin tins upto 3/4 level and top it with a tsp of nutella and make a swirl pattern with a fork or a toothpick and let some of it mix with the batter.
Bake these for roughly 20 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.