'Self-Frosting' Nutella Cupcakes

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8-12 cupakes

One of the best types of cupcake I've ever made/had!! No need to go through a whole lot of trouble to frost these gorgeous softies because they are baked with a swirl of nutella on top, which stays moist and gooey...giving just the right amount of nutty chocolatey goodness to top off the cupcakes, in place of regular frostings. No fuss, no muss!!

1 1/2 cup
self-rising flour
1 1/2 tsp.
vanilla essence
large eggs
(use 3 if you have small eggs)
1/2 cup
3/4 cup
1/2 cup
3-4 tbsp.
powdered hazelnuts
1/4-1/2 cup
nutella spread
(or peanut butter/any chocolate spread)

Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature for best results.

If you don't have self-rising flour, HERE'S how you can easily make it at home.

Grind the sugar to a powder and set aside.

Sift the flour twice, then mix the powdered hazelnuts into it.

Line your cupcake pan with papers. Preheat oven to 170 C.

Beat the butter with the sugar until light and creamy. Then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Now add a third of the flour and beat until combined, then add half the milk. Again beat the batter until milk is mixed in. Add another third of the flour, mix it in, and then add the remaining milk. Finally add the last of the flour and the vanilla essence. Beat just until everything is well combined.

Pour into the cupcake liners (I filled to three-quarters of the way) and then on top of every cupcake, add about 1 slightly heaped tsp. of Nutella. Using a toothpick, swirl the Nutella into the tops of the cupcakes, making sure to turn some of the white batter on top of some parts of the Nutella so that the 'frosting' is intertwined slightly with the cupcake.

Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck in the batter/white part of the cupcakes comes out clean. If you stick the toothpick into the Nutella it will be gooey because the chocolate will not solidify during baking, so take care to check the white parts.

Remove from pan and let the cupcakes cool on a rack. They are yummy warm or at room temperature.

Enjoy! :)



I made these and they turned out very soft and very nice,
Insha Allah, I will use them for Nazr of Imam Sadiq,
thank you so much!

Can we make this without handbeater?

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Yes you can. Be sure to beat the butter/sugar very well.

Salam. Made these bt the nutela just sank down. In some, it went straight 2 the bottom while in others, some of it stayed at the top. What could have been the problem pls?

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W/Salaam, could be that the nutella was cold and solid? If so, place the jar in a bowl of slightly warm water for it to melt a little before using. And try not to scoop too much nutella, place it lightly on the cupcakes.

is it okay to use oil instead of butter?

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I doubt that oil will give the same results for this recipe, have never tried to substitute myself. You can try though.

Assalamualaikum. What is powdered hazelnuts? Can I use a sustitute? JazakAllah.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Crushed hazelnuts.You can use any other nuts you like or just simply omit.

is self raising flour wot u use for these?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes it is.

what is self rising flour? is it same as self raizing?

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Yes same.

Can we use margarine except butter?

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Yes you can use margarine.

Vanilla essence had haraam ingredients , can I use vanilla extract? or something else for flavor?

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There are loads of HALAL vanilla essence varieties out there, please check online or from any muslim shop. Otherwise you can use any flavouring you like.

Can we make a cake from this except for cupcakes??

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Yes you can.

Can we use a hand beater for all the whisking steps?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can use a hand beater.

Slm i made these but they came out with big
Dips in the middle. Where did i go wrong?

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W/Salaam, did you open the oven door before the cupcakes were at least half-way done?

I made these but they turned out more crispy at the top rather than soft. why is that? the inside where lovely and soft but the tops bit hard.

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Sounds like they got overbaked from the top. Try reducing the top heat or bake them slightly less next time.

Slms plz can you tell me if we can use caster sugar instead of powdered sugar? N thank u 4 the great recipes.

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W/Salaam, yes that is fine.

assalam aleikum ukhty, jus made them, turned out yum yummy.... B BLESSED!

I tried these cupcakes but they didn't rise, I don't know what went wrong.

Tried this out. They turned out perfectly, just as you described them!!! ;)

Salaam Fauzia di. I made these cupcakes today. They turned out very soft and beautifully delicious. Thank you so much for this recipe.
This website is teaching me many wonderful dishes. I just love the whole format of this website. For beginners like me, this website is a blessing! Jazakallah Khair :)

Salam Fauzia

My cupcakes came,out looking really pretty :) but then they just plopped in the middle. What happened to them? I baked them at 170 for 15 mins. Then for the next batch I baked them for 18 mins after bringing down oven temperature to 170 since it was more after the first batch of baking. Then the second batch didn't plop but got little crispy at the top... What do I do?


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Alhumdulilah ! Turned out amazing. Very very soft !!! Jazakhallah

Can we bake this as a whole cake ?

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Yes you can.

Awwww just made these. Totally delish. Going to have to hide them else there'll be none for my guests later ('',)

Hi fauzia, if I am baking these in 2 batches , where should I store the second batch of batter while baking the first one...in the fridge or keep at room temperature itself??

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Hi, keep covered at room temp.

Hi. Which cakes can I bake using the cake flour.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, cake flour can be used in place of all purpose flour when making practically any cake to give it a lighter texture.

Hi.Do you have recipe for Black forest.

I don't have a cupcake or muffin pan. So I would love to try this recipe as a cake. Could you tell me what size cake pan can I use? Also the oven temperature and time?

Thanking you in advance.

Love from USA

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Hi! You can use an 8 inch round cake pan. Preheat and bake at 180 C and the cake should take about 25-30 minutes. Make sure to test that it is baked through.

Hello fauzia, can I use harsheys chocolate syrup instead of Nutella? ?

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Hi, chocolate syrup might be a bit too runny for this recipe.