Brownie Cupcakes with Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting


I made these a couple of weeks ago.

I was feeling like I hadn’t baked anything in ages. And when I did bake, it was a failure (like forgetting half the flour in the filling for a chocolate chip cookie pie. How does that even happen?).  Or it was something I had already made before and couldn’t really blog about again, like these cookies.

So it was time to get baking, and I decided to combine a few of my favourite things. Brownies, but in cupcake form. Nutella ganache. That whole chocolate hazelnut thing gets me excited. And so I made cupcakes.

Since I scoop, bake and ice dozens of cupcakes at work in the mornings, the last thing I really want to do when I come home is bake a cupcake. Or ice a cupcake. Or eat a cupcake. Or even look at a cupcake, really. I have had cupcakes up to here (holds hand above head).

But these are different. They are brownie cupcakes, so they are dense and moist rather than being light and fluffy. And they have messy, delicious Nutella ganache spread all over them, rather than perfectly piped coils of buttercream on top.

So here are some chocolate hazelnut brownie cupcakes. Hope you enjoy them!


For the brownie cupcakes
Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

110g unsalted butter (1/2 cup)
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup plain flour

For the chocolate hazelnut ganache frosting
190g milk chocolate, chopped (1 cup)
210g Nutella (3/4 cup)

To make the brownie cupcakes, preheat the oven to 180 C (375 F) and line a 12 hole muffin pan with cupcake liners.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter in the microwave.

Stir in the brown sugar until well combined. Microwave for a further minute. It will smell amazing. Stir well until completely combined again.

Whisk in the vanilla and the eggs, one at a time.

Stir in the cocoa, baking powder and salt until incorporated. The stir in the flour until just cleared.

Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake until a skewer inserted comes out almost clean. The original recipe said 8 – 10 minutes, but mine took closer to 20. Allow the cupcakes to cool.

To make the frosting, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each burst. Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, stir in the Nutella.

Allow it to cool to a spreading consistency, then frost the cupcakes roughly with a palette knife.

Sink your teeth deep into the chocolate hazelnut goodness. Makes 12 cupcakes.

32 Thoughts on “Brownie Cupcakes with Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting

  1. Hooray for dense and moist instead of light and fluffy! I’m also crazy about the hazelnut thing. And I love how you don’t have a ridiculous amount of frosting on the top!

    • Yay! Haha its because I’m weird and don’t like frosting! Trying as hard as I can here to make the cupcakes different from what I deal with everyday at work!

  2. I absolutely LOVE nutella, and these look delicious. The nutella ganache is genius too, and I think I’ll try that some time

  3. Yum!!These look absolutely amazing. I love brownies, I love nutella, these seem perfect to me!! Have an excellent weekend!! 😀

  4. Looks delicious! I reckon I could eat about 100 of them! Loving that frosting.

  5. Kelly on August 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm said:

    Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy for the kids :)
    I also like the below brownie recipe.

    Thanks for sharing,

  6. This looks and sounds amazing! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

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  8. That happens to me too! I won’t be able to bake or blog for a while, because of other commitments .. if I do bake, it’s something I’ve blogged about before. And if it’s something new, I somehow mess the easiest things up. I cracked an egg directly into the garbage once … Glad to hear I’m not the only one. These brownie cupcakes look like the perfect comfort food to make after a hiatus.

  9. I couldn’t resist so I went and I baked them. The cupcakes are in front of me, smelling great, and I’m waiting for them to cool down. I hope I didn’t goof up :)

    • I’m sure they turned out great Muna! Hope you enjoy :-)

      • They turned out AWESOME! I’ve made it twice. The kids loved it and of course I did too :) … I didn’t make the frosting, I’m trying to cut down calories for my family, beside they didn’t know that it comes with a frosting , but they were more than happy! I’m so thankful to have found your blog. I’ve decided to post a blog about these beauties and share it with my friends. Of course I’ll lead them back to your post, so they can get the recipe for the frosting, and see your beautiful clicks :)

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  11. Mine turned out quite dry and I tried this recipe because I wanted dense and moist. What might have happened? Overcooked? Not enough butter? Stirred flour through too much?

    • I’m not sure Snudge, did you overcook them? Did you stir them too much once you added the flour? It could be any of those things, but you’ll need to tell me exactly what you did for me to be able to figure out where you went wrong. :-)

      • AFAIK I followed the recipe exactly. Maybe overcooking – I went closer to 20 mins than 10 mins. I stirred flour through until just barely combined. Maybe I shouldn’t be zealous with my dry skewer. What makes a cupcake moist generally?

        • Well it sounds like they were overcooked. You don’t want the skewer completely dry for a moist cupcake – you want it coated in moist crumbs. :-) Better luck next time!

  12. I just made them, but with out the nutella beacause i run out of hazelnuts ( i make my one one) Very good Cupcakes !!

    • Thank you! Oh they’re still great without Nutella, and I love that you make your own – I’ve recently discovered it and it is SO much better! :-)

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  14. I made these just as the instructions directed and checked them at 10 minutes. They were definitely done then, in fact a little overdone. I would check them at 8 minutes next time. The cupcake itself is rather unsweet and kind of bland. The nutella ganache however is amazing. The cupcakes need the ganache to be complete, otherwise they would taste more like a chocolate bread than a brownie cupcake.

  15. Great recipe, i love the idea of fuss free ganache and am in the process of finishing my cupcakes now. Quick question though, is it okay for my to frost them the night before? Should i leave it refrigerated?

  16. does milk chocolate and baking chocolate are the same thing? I wanna make this so badly..

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