Nutella Filled Cupcakes

The company I work for is going through a massive restructure and restructuring always results in layoffs. Obviously the morale was at a high time LOW at the office and the working environment was just depressing right after the announcement. I thought we needed a bit of pick-me-up early morning and nothing can beat sugar making you feel better, so here it was – Nutella filled Cupcakes.
The icing has a tinge of Nutella but the real yummy-ness comes when you bit into the cupcake and Nutella oozes out from it. It just makes things better in life J 
There are 2 ways to do fill the Nutella:
  1. The professional piping bag method (limited filling). Instructions @ Wilton – Cupcake Filling
  2. Scooping out the  center of the cupcake with an apple corer or knife and  filling it in (generous filling)
I use the scooping method, I find it faster and I get to fill in more Nutella.
Makes 12
1 cup flour
3 tbsp cocoa 
1/2 cup sugar
1.5tsp baking powder
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 cup Nutella

2 3/4 cup icing sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 1/2 tbsp milk
1/3 cup Nutella

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F) and line a cupcake tray with paper cases
  2. Stir together all the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder
  3. Beat egg and milk together and stir into the flour mixture until just mixed
  4. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake tray, filling ¾ of each cupcake hole only
  5. Bake for 20mins until the cupcake feels springy and let it cool completely before filling with Nutella
  6. Once cooled down, take an apple corer and scoop out the centre and fill with a dollop of Nutella (approximately 1 heaped teaspoon)
  7. Push the cored cupcake back inside to seal and move to frosting
Nutella Frosting
  1. Combine icing sugar and butter and slowly pour in milk 1 tbsp at a time. Sometimes 1 tbsp milk is enough to bring all the ingredients together. Beat until fluffy – approximately 3-4 mins
  2. Stir in Nutella and decorate cupcakes
Stir together the dry ingredients
Add in the wet ingredients
Fill in the cupcake trays and bake
Cupcakes should be springy when touched
Core out center and fill with Nutella
Decorate cupcakes

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