Monday, February 11, 2013

Cupcakes for Two

Sometimes you just want two cupcakes instead of 12, 16, or 24. Little easier on the waist line this way thanks to 52 Kitchen Adventures blog. You don't even need a mixer! It could not have been simpler. The two little cupcakes were so cute sitting in their cupcake wells and of course they tasted great too. Next time you want something to share with a sweetie or to indulge by yourself consider making these chocolate cupcakes with Nutella buttercream frosting!

Nutella Cupcakes for Two
  • Two Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon natural unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
  • 1/8 teaspoon + 1/16 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/16 teaspoon salt
  • 1/16 teaspoon instant coffee powder (optional, but recommended)
  • 3 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Nutella Frosting
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon milk
  1. Prepare the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F and line a cupcake pan with 2 paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and instant coffee together.
  3. Add milk, oil, and vanilla and whisk until just combined.
  4. Evenly divide the batter into the 2 lined cupcake wells (mine were almost 3/4 full).
  5. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Set aside to cool.
  7. Prepare the Nutella Frosting:
  8. Beat butter and Nutella until smooth.
  9. Add powdered sugar and mix until combined.
  10. Add vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon of milk, then mix until incorporated. Add additional milk if necessary to achieve desired consistency.
  11. Spread or pipe onto cooled cupcakes.