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Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting | A double dose of chocolate perfection with every bite of this dessert! | www.chicandsugar.com

Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting | A double dose of chocolate perfection with every bite of this dessert! | www.chicandsugar.com

Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting | A double dose of chocolate perfection with every bite of this dessert! | www.chicandsugar.com

Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting | A double dose of chocolate perfection with every bite of this dessert! | www.chicandsugar.com

Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting | A double dose of chocolate perfection with every bite of this dessert! | www.chicandsugar.com

Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting | A double dose of chocolate perfection with every bite of this dessert! | www.chicandsugar.com

Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting | A double dose of chocolate perfection with every bite of this dessert! | www.chicandsugar.com

(Disclaimer: This entire post was written with an inquisitive and endearing 3-year old sitting on my lap. Please excuse any spelling errors, word omissions, run on or incomplete sentences.)

Today, Faye had ketchup for the first time. (It was love at first bite.)

Today, Maddie demanded to wear my NYX Round Lipstick in the color “Snow White” before we went to the grocery store. (She was an instant hit with the 65+ mid-morning shopping crowd.)

Today, we had a dance party in our pajamas to mommy’s new favorite funk-pop song “Sugar” by Maroon 5. (…We nailed it.)

Today, I am entering a new phase of life. It’s called full time stay-at-home mom.

Over the course of the past three years, I’ve had two wonderful women care for my girls in Chicago and New York while I ran my old letterpress stationery business and took on some freelance design work. Life has stepped in and now our favorite sitters have their own families. It comes at an agreeable time as I have reduced my design workload significantly over the past several months.

I am not quite sure what the next several weeks or months will bring. Down the road, I may have a sitter again so I can focus on my much loved design work. But, in the near term, my focus is going to be on spending quality time with my little girls. Dancing, doing makeup, working on our “first things.”

The nice thing about blogging is that I can do it when I have the chance. And, baking and cooking, which is a large part of my blogging strategy, happens to be something that I really enjoy doing with the girls. So, although I may post less frequently, you will still be seeing some of our wonderful creations.

Now, about these Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream Frosting. There are two reasons why I made these: I had a jar of Nutella sitting on my kitchen shelves for for-ev-er and it was sacrificed during a New Year organizing binge. And, Maddie demanded that we make something with a) chocolate and b) sprinkles. I am not a chocolate lover by nature, but I must say that these were delicious!

One word of caution: I would probably avoid adding sprinkles on these cupcakes. Mine bounced right off of the Nutella! My food stylist and I (see below) did manage to get them to collect in the crevices of the frosting swirls for the photos.

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Cheers to all you moms out there! I will see you on the playground.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting
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Serves: 12 cupcakes
 
Ingredients
For the Cupcakes:
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup canola (or coconut oil or vegetable oil)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk*
For the Nutella Frosting:
  • 1½ cups butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Nutella
Instructions
For the Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line a standard sized muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together until well mixed. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla together until completely smooth.
  4. Pour half of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Pour in half of the buttermilk* and gently whisk for a few seconds. Repeat with the remaining wet ingredients and buttermilk. Stir until just combined.
  5. Spoon the batter into the liners until they are halfway filled.
  6. Bake for 18-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  7. *If you don't have buttermilk, you can make your own: mix 1 teaspoon white vinegar or lemon juice with ½ cup milk. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes.
For the Nutella Frosting:
  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter until it is light and fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar and salt until smooth Add vanilla and beat until combined. Add Nutella and beat until light and fluffy.
  2. Frost cupcakes and decorate as desired. (I used a 1M Wilton decorating tip.)

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  • Kathryn
    February 17, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Good luck with your new adventures as a full-time, stay at home mom! It sounds daunting but also incredibly rewarding. You’re a wonderful parent and I hope this new phase brings you a lot of happiness 🙂

    These cupcakes look delicious! As always, your photography is gorgeous. Would you ever consider doing a post about your photography set up and gear? I know that I for one would love to know a bit more about your process – and I’m sure that I’m not the only one!

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

    • hello@kimberlyfitzsimons.com
      February 17, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks, Kathryn! I would love to show some behind-the-scenes info about my process. Thanks for the idea! Hopefully I can get to that soon 🙂

  • Christina @ Bake with Christina
    February 17, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Oh man those chocolate cupcakes look SUPER moist!! And who can deny a Nutella frosting?! Definitely not me! Pinned 🙂

  • Lynn | The Road to Honey
    February 17, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Congrats on this new phase in your life. It might be a bit scary in the beginning but in the end it will be the best decision you ever made. These moments spent with your girls as they grow up are precious and fleeting. Glad you will still be finding time to stop in on the blog.

    • hello@kimberlyfitzsimons.com
      February 17, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks, Lynn. Your comment means a lot to me! I hope to capture some of these special moments on the blog. x

  • Mary Ann
    February 17, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Kimberly the cupcakes look delicious and your photos are beautiful! I loved being at home with my boys when they were young. You are going to love it too! So many memories to make!

  • Wild Hearts + Green Tea
    February 18, 2015 at 5:20 am

    I’m not a chocolate lover by nature, either, but I do enjoy chocolate every now and again! I wouldn’t say no for a taste of one of these right now, they look awesome. Your food photography is absolutely gorgeous 🙂

  • Kelley @ Chef Savvy
    February 18, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! I agree with Kathryn you should do some behind the scenes photography pictures so we can see your set up! You pictures are always beautiful!

  • Maya @ Treats and Eats
    February 22, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    This sounds amazing and I agree that your pictures are always so beautiful! Good luck as you enter this new stage, I’m sure you’ll love it!

  • Ramona@The Merchant Baker
    March 20, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    There’s nothing like a good chocolate/chocolate cupcake…except maybe one with nutella frosting! These look delicious!

  • Karen
    May 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Can’t see where you add buttermilk in the recipe – also is there an alternative?

    • hello@kimberlyfitzsimons.com
      May 4, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Hi Karen, I’ve clarified the directions with buttermilk. If you don’t have buttermilk you can make your own: mix 1 teaspoon of white vinegar or lemon juice with 1/2 cup milk. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes.