Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes

Hey, remember when I said I’d be posting healthy recipes in July? Ha! Since then I’ve shared recipes for mojito popsicles, chocolate cupcakes, blood orange sorbet, and now chocolate Nutella cupcakes (also, next up: carrot cake cupcakes). So, lesson learned: don’t listen to me and don’t expect anything healthy when you visit this blog!

These cupcakes were made in honor of my 300th Facebook fan, Rachel. I actually know Rachel – she was my student intern last year. I knew she was a big fan of my desserts so to celebrate hitting a big number on Facebook, I decided to bake her something special. She asked for cupcakes and told me that she likes chocolate and Nutella.

I took the “better than sex” chocolate cupcakes (think moist, very chocolatey cake) and topped them with my own Nutella buttercream. Other recipes use a little Nutella with more butter and powdered sugar, but that just didn’t do it for me. I ended up using that entire jar that’s in the photos. It was perfect: creamy, thick frosting with the distinctive flavor of the hazelnut chocolate spread. I ate one (you know – just to make sure they were okay) and was in chocolate/Nutella heaven. Good thing I had these earmarked for someone else – I could’ve eaten them all!

Thank you to all my fans, subscribers, supporters, and readers. You all make blogging fun and worthwhile. Every comment, “like,” new subscribe, Twitter mention, etc. makes me smile. I love hearing your feedback, what you think of a recipe or photo and how it goes when you try one of my recipes. You guys are amazing!


“Better than Sex” Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes

Adapted from Cupcake Project and Chockylit
Makes 15-16 cupcakes
Edited to add: some people rave about this recipe, yet some have issues with them deflating. I can’t figure out what the issue is, so I’m on the hunt for the ultimate chocolate cupcake recipe to replace this one. I made the Nutella buttercream with cinnamon chocolate cupcakes and it was SO delicious! 
  • 1/2 C butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 C sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 C flour
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 t vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a mixing bowl, beat butter until softened and smooth. Add sugar and beat for a few minutes, until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each until well combined. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. In a separate small bowl, combine milk and vanilla.

Add about 1/3 of dry ingredients to butter and sugar and mix until combined. Add about 1/2 of wet ingredients to butter mixture and mix until combined. Continue alternating dry and wet, mixing in between (finish with the remaining dry ingredients).

Fill cupcake tins about 1/2 full (don’t overfill – you only need 1/2) and bake for around 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. They will come out flat.


Nutella Buttercream

  • 1/2 C butter, room temperature
  • 1 C Nutella
  • 1 C powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1-2 T milk

Beat butter until smooth. Add Nutella and beat together until thoroughly combined. Slowly add powdered sugar, mixing until combined. Add 1 tablespoon of milk. Add additional milk or powdered sugar as needed to reach desired consistency.

158 Comments on Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes

  1. apaler1
    July 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm (11 years ago)

    Yum! These look delicious! Nutella is one of my favorite foods. Ever.

    • Stephanie
      July 20, 2011 at 10:05 am (11 years ago)

      @apaler1 – who doesn’t love Nutella?! This frosting is amazing because it tastes just like Nutella but with the texture of a perfect buttercream. Definitely a must-try for a Nutella lover.

  2. Ann
    July 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm (11 years ago)

    These look absolutely amazing! That is going to be one smiling “Rachel the 300th Facebook Fan”. My husband adores Nutella – so he’s gonna flip when I make these on his birthday!

    • Stephanie
      July 20, 2011 at 10:05 am (11 years ago)

      @Ann – Rachel loved them! I can’t wait to hear how your husband likes them. I think they’re a must-try for any Nutella lover!

  3. Rachel
    July 18, 2011 at 7:08 pm (11 years ago)

    Thank you Stephanie for baking these for me! They were amazing! Not only did I love them but my roommate, Mom, and brother also really enjoyed them. I think if I made these myself I would end up eating the entire bowl of frosting before any of it made it to the cupcakes. They truly were chocolate/Nutella heaven!

    • Stephanie
      July 20, 2011 at 10:06 am (11 years ago)

      @Rachel – you’re so welcome! It was hard not to eat all the frosting…I made have eaten a spoonful or 2 🙂 Thanks for all your support!

  4. Magic of Spice
    July 19, 2011 at 11:09 am (11 years ago)

    You are too funny…I don’t mind sweet treats at all 🙂
    These look gorgeous and delicious!

    • Stephanie
      July 20, 2011 at 10:07 am (11 years ago)

      @Magic of Spice – haha I don’t either…was just trying to be more healthy this month. These cupcakes were worth the indulgence!

  5. Valerie
    July 20, 2011 at 6:51 am (11 years ago)

    I just have one word for your cupcakes… PERFECT!

    • Stephanie
      July 20, 2011 at 10:08 am (11 years ago)

      @Valerie – thank you! 🙂

  6. Kelly
    July 20, 2011 at 10:33 am (11 years ago)

    What a great idea!!! These are too cute!! 🙂

    • Stephanie
      July 21, 2011 at 11:37 am (11 years ago)

      @Kelly – thank you! 🙂

  7. Steph@stephsbitebybite
    July 20, 2011 at 11:07 am (11 years ago)

    I need one of these right now to make it through the work day! Love it!

    • Stephanie
      July 21, 2011 at 11:37 am (11 years ago)

      @Steph – ooh these would be a great midday pick-me-up!

  8. Adora's Box
    July 20, 2011 at 11:11 am (11 years ago)

    As if nutella wasn’t nice enough on its own. Divine cupcake. Extra lashings of the buttercream please.

    • Stephanie
      July 21, 2011 at 11:38 am (11 years ago)

      @Adora’s Box – yes, I could (and did) eat this Nutella buttercream all by itself.

  9. Emily @ Life on Food
    July 20, 2011 at 11:17 am (11 years ago)

    I love nutella. The frosting on those cupcakes is making me drool. Big Time! Yummy!

    • Stephanie
      July 21, 2011 at 11:38 am (11 years ago)

      @Emily – me too! It makes a fantastic buttercream.

    • Stephanie
      July 21, 2011 at 11:39 am (11 years ago)

      @Erin – wow what a coincidence! Also, I just saw your Nutella ice cream – yum!!

  10. Lindsey@Lindselicious
    July 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm (11 years ago)

    Congrats on 300! These look super delish, I hope they entice 300 more people to support your blog Steph!

    • Stephanie
      July 21, 2011 at 11:39 am (11 years ago)

      @Lindsey – thanks! Almost up to 400 now! 🙂

  11. Tina@flourtrader
    July 21, 2011 at 2:27 am (11 years ago)

    Fantastic cupcakes, flavors that no one can resist!Lovely pics

    • Stephanie
      July 21, 2011 at 11:39 am (11 years ago)

      @Tina – thanks!

  12. Peggy
    July 21, 2011 at 3:02 am (11 years ago)

    I’ve made a version of Nutella cupcakes before and they were amazing – I’m always willing to try new variations though =)

    • Stephanie
      July 21, 2011 at 11:40 am (11 years ago)

      @Peggy – I can’t imagine any Nutella cupcake would be bad. But you better try new variations, just to make sure 😉

  13. Medeja
    July 21, 2011 at 3:57 am (11 years ago)

    Thank you for posting great recipes!

    This frosting looks very tempting 🙂 I would even just frosting I guess 😀

    • Stephanie
      July 21, 2011 at 11:40 am (11 years ago)

      @Medeja – my pleasure! I definitely ate some of the frosting on its own. Can’t let it go to waste! 🙂

  14. Cal @ Real Moms Are Dirty
    July 21, 2011 at 11:10 am (11 years ago)

    I’ve been looking for a nice Nutella icing recipe for cookies and so on. Can’t wait to try yours. 🙂 Will take photos and share when I make a batch.

    • Stephanie
      July 21, 2011 at 11:41 am (11 years ago)

      @Cal – Great! Please come back and share a link to your blog post. Can’t wait to see how you like the frosting!

  15. Brittany
    July 21, 2011 at 11:28 am (11 years ago)

    YUM! I am so making these this weekend. Thank you!

    • Stephanie
      July 21, 2011 at 11:41 am (11 years ago)

      @Brittany – enjoy! Let me know how you like them.

  16. Kim
    July 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm (11 years ago)

    Perfection! I’m afraid to make these because I’m afraid I will eat the all!

  17. Claire @ keepsmeoutofmischief
    July 22, 2011 at 1:12 am (11 years ago)

    They look amazing, I’m also scared to make them as I’d quite possibly eat the whole batch. Must save them for a special occasion when other people are around to help me eat them!

    • Stephanie
      July 22, 2011 at 7:29 am (11 years ago)

      @Claire – good strategy! I do the same thing when I bake something, especially something as tempting as these cupcakes!

  18. Mellisa @funsavingmoney
    July 22, 2011 at 7:37 am (11 years ago)

    I LOVE Nutella! These look fantastic but like Claire said I don’t know if I could control myself and eat the whole batch!

    • Stephanie
      July 22, 2011 at 7:53 am (11 years ago)

      @Melissa – I know exactly what you mean. I wait for a birthday or some special occasion, or I just bring baked goods into work so I won’t eat them all (plus people really appreciate that!).

  19. Kita
    July 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm (11 years ago)

    How cute! These are a lovely cupcake to celebrate 300 likes and congratulations!

    • Stephanie
      July 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm (11 years ago)

      @Kita – thanks! 🙂

  20. Mare
    July 22, 2011 at 7:45 pm (11 years ago)

    have to make these! my daughter luvs Nutella. maybe for her 10th birthday!
    ps, a new follower!

    • Stephanie
      July 22, 2011 at 7:51 pm (11 years ago)

      @Mare – welcome! You should definitely make these for your daughter, she will love them 🙂

  21. Biggie
    July 30, 2011 at 3:12 am (11 years ago)

    Not better than sex. Period.

    • Stephanie
      July 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm (11 years ago)

      @Biggie – haha fair enough.

  22. Jolly
    July 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm (11 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing these delicious cupcakes, I look forward to dreaming about them and then making them tomorrow for an afternoon treat.

    • Stephanie
      July 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm (11 years ago)

      @Jolly – enjoy! I hope they’re a lovely treat for your Sunday.

  23. Blaire
    July 30, 2011 at 9:24 pm (11 years ago)

    Where did u get those plates and who makes them!

    • Stephanie
      July 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm (11 years ago)

      @Blaire – I got the plate from Anthropologie in the spring. I don’t see it on their website anymore but it might be available in stores.

  24. Sweet Indulgence Cakes and Candies
    August 3, 2011 at 4:09 am (11 years ago)

    I fix Nutella on toast almost every morning for breakfast for my teenage daughter(she loves the stuff). This looks great I’ll have to make it for her, thanks!

    • Stephanie
      August 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm (11 years ago)

      @Sweet Indulgence Cakes and Candies – I bet your daughter will love these!

  25. Erica
    August 3, 2011 at 4:35 am (11 years ago)

    There is not one thing in the entire world that is not made better and more delicious by the addition of Nutella.

    • Stephanie
      August 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm (11 years ago)

      @Erica – that is such a true statement! Nutella is amazing.

  26. anazar
    August 3, 2011 at 7:50 am (11 years ago)

    OMG, these are perfect!!

    • Stephanie
      August 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm (11 years ago)

      @anazar – thanks! Nutella definitely makes them incredibly good.

  27. Mel
    August 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm (11 years ago)

    I subbed the Nutella with peanut butter and they tasted like a match made in heaven. 🙂

    • Stephanie
      August 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm (11 years ago)

      @Mel – that sounds SO good!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  28. Anne
    August 4, 2011 at 7:02 pm (11 years ago)

    May seem silly… but salted or unsalted butter for the cuppies and the frosting?

    • Stephanie
      August 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm (11 years ago)

      @Anne – not silky at all! I almost always use unsalted butter when I bake and I recommend that you do for this recipe.

  29. Mylin
    August 8, 2011 at 9:52 am (11 years ago)

    Hello. I was wondering what the T stands for. I’m not sure if it’s asking for tablespoon or teaspoon. Please and Thank you :]

    • Stephanie
      August 8, 2011 at 1:11 pm (11 years ago)

      @Mylin – lowercase t = teaspoon, uppercase T = tablespoon

  30. Alawna
    August 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm (11 years ago)

    I just made these cupcakes. Delicious they remind me of ferrero rocher. The only problem is they are so good I need to give some away so I don’t eat them all!

    • Stephanie
      August 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm (11 years ago)

      @Alawna – they can be dangerous! I’m so glad you love them. I hope you find people who can take some off your hands and you can enjoy the rest!

  31. Lyra
    August 16, 2011 at 9:33 am (11 years ago)

    These ‘better than sex’-cupcakes are really that. I tried them yesterday, and they were heavenly. Also, I probably could’ve drowned in the nutella cream. happily. ‘good’ thing my brother ate away half of it and my boyfriend saved me from the others. now i have to bake again when they’re on holiday ;D

    • Stephanie
      August 16, 2011 at 10:14 am (11 years ago)

      @Lyra – so glad you (and your bf and brother) love these recipes! I could just eat the Nutella frosting too. Mmmm…

  32. Sarah
    August 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm (11 years ago)

    sorry i appeared to have drooled on my computer….. YUM!

  33. Kari
    August 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm (11 years ago)

    I will be trying these this week! Cannot wait! 🙂

  34. Melissa
    September 10, 2011 at 12:42 am (11 years ago)

    These are my birthday party cupcakes. Doing minis so everyone can have a little.

  35. easyfoodsmith
    October 1, 2011 at 8:01 am (11 years ago)

    These look so delectable!! I just decided what I am going to make for my daughter’s birthday! She is crazy about Nutella and I am sure these cupcakes won’t survive for long 🙂
    thanks for the post!!!
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  36. Velene
    October 3, 2011 at 2:21 am (11 years ago)

    I’m sorry to ask but do you have the conversions in grams? When I use cups they aren’t accurate and the cupcakes I make always end up rock – hard ):

    • Stephanie
      October 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm (11 years ago)

      @Valene – I don’t have the conversions. Maybe you can figure it out by using a conversion chart. If your cupcakes turn out hard, it could be from your oven being too hot. You could get an oven thermometer so you can ensure it’s the correct temperature. Good luck!

  37. Di
    October 14, 2011 at 6:49 am (11 years ago)

    I tried these last night – the cupcakes were a little dry i wonder if oil will be better than butter in this case.
    The frosting was delicious! i used only half a cup of powdered sugar and it was perfect!!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  38. Dianae
    November 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm (11 years ago)

    Hi, I just made the cupcakes and for some reason that I dont know they came out awful. The taste was amazing as well as the buttercream, but they just dripped inside the oven.
    Do you have any idea why this happens?
    I live in Mexico City and I dont know if the altitude over here has something to do with this.

    • Stephanie
      November 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm (11 years ago)

      @Dianae – they dripped? I’m not sure what you mean exactly, but altitude can affect baking. This recipe seems to have mixed results and no one can figure out why. It seems to either be amazing or a mess. I think I’ll add a warning to the recipe so people know that without reading the comments.

  39. Jessica
    January 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm (10 years ago)

    Hi thanks for the recipe made these today and they taste delicious! Love the nutella frosting! But I had a problem with mine they caved in and were like cups they were not rounded and we cannot figure out why. Any suggestions?

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  41. Laura
    February 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm (10 years ago)

    I just made this recepie it was so good!!!! I only wonder if others had trouble with the frosting I had to put almost three cups of powered sugar to get the nutella frosting to be thick enough to handle. Is there any tips for this? Other than that I’m in love with this cupcakes

  42. ilovebaking
    February 11, 2012 at 7:53 am (10 years ago)

    I want to bake these lovely cupcakes but I’m not sure what the ‘C’ and ‘T’ mean? I don’t want to put the wrong measurements in.

    • Stephanie
      February 11, 2012 at 7:59 am (10 years ago)

      @ilovebaking – C = cup, T = tablespoon, t = teaspoon. Enjoy!

  43. Shawna
    February 14, 2012 at 11:59 am (10 years ago)

    My cupcakes caved in too 🙁 They still taste amazing and I will serve them anyway because that Nutella buttercream could make anyone see past the less than desirable looks of my cupcakes. I LOVE that buttercream! Super yum! I sprinkled toasted, salted hazelnuts on top 🙂
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  44. michelle
    February 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm (10 years ago)

    My daughter found your recipe on pintrest & made me go out and get all the stuff for them. I hav’nt made them yet, but will soon. thanks for making her so happy.(;

    • Stephanie
      February 20, 2012 at 8:21 am (10 years ago)

      @michelle – aww, I’m so glad your daughter is so excited to make these. I hope she enjoys the recipe!

  45. claire
    February 20, 2012 at 1:05 am (10 years ago)

    Hello, am new to baking so just would like to ask, what does “C” stands for? Cup?

    • Stephanie
      February 20, 2012 at 8:20 am (10 years ago)

      @claire – yes, C = cup, T = tablespoon and t = teaspoon

  46. claire
    February 21, 2012 at 12:15 am (10 years ago)

    Thanks Stephanie! Can I ask one more question? How many ml is the cup?

    • Stephanie
      February 21, 2012 at 1:29 pm (10 years ago)

      @claire – there are 236.58 ml in a cup.

  47. claire
    February 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm (10 years ago)

    great! Thanks a mil Steph!

    • Stephanie
      March 7, 2012 at 7:20 am (10 years ago)

      @Jennie – thank you Jennie! If you adore Nutella, you will love this frosting.

  48. Sarah
    March 15, 2012 at 12:38 pm (10 years ago)

    i made these last week and loved them!!! they are great and i tryed making them again this week and the deflated, what could be the reason for this?

    • Stephanie
      March 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm (10 years ago)

      @Sarah – I just edited the post to add a warning. Although some people have raved about this recipe, some have issues with the cupcakes collapsing. I can’t figure out why it goes so well for some but not for others. I’ve made it a few times with no problems myself, as has Stef at Cupcake Project, but she has also had some readers who have complained it hasn’t worked for them. I’m on the hunt for the ultimate chocolate cupcake recipe to replace this one…I’ll let you know what I find out!

  49. tmmcmurray
    March 21, 2012 at 10:28 pm (10 years ago)

    I made these in a single batch the first time and they were amazing. The next two times I tried to double the batch and they absolutely flopped. Caved in the middle and not edible. Any idea why this happened when doubled?

    • Stephanie
      March 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm (10 years ago)

      @tmmcmurray – I’m sorry to hear that! This seems to be an oddly finicky recipe – some rave about it, some have disasters like yours. I added a warning to the recipe because I can’t figure out what’s going wrong.

  50. tmmcmurray
    March 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm (10 years ago)

    Thanks, Stephanie. Have you doubled the recipe with success?

  51. Charlotte
    April 11, 2012 at 5:40 am (10 years ago)

    Hey 🙂 Sorry for the language , i’m French =$ but I want to know something ! Can I made this cupcake and let it in the fridge during 1 night , if I made this thursday for friday it’s ok ?! Even with the topping !? It’s for a birthday and I want my cupcake be amazing 😉 Thank’s , and once again a time sorry if they are faults =$

    • Stephanie
      April 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm (10 years ago)

      @Charlotte – yes, it would be fine to make this the day before eating. If you frost it and leave it in the fridge overnight, take it out of the fridge around 20 minutes before eating to let the frosting soften. Let me know if you have any more questions. Enjoy!

  52. Brittany
    April 13, 2012 at 10:44 am (10 years ago)

    AMAZING recipes!

    You have a new fan!

    • Stephanie
      April 13, 2012 at 11:13 am (10 years ago)

      @Brittany – thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoy my recipes 🙂

  53. Charlotte
    April 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm (10 years ago)

    Thank you very much !!So I will try this =D Thank you very much !! You have a new fan , from france ! 😉

  54. Sheila
    April 21, 2012 at 7:08 am (10 years ago)

    I just made a batch of these and they were amazing! I’m eating one as I type this!
    Usually, I’d half frosting recipes but for this, I actually thought of doubling it!
    I love how the cake is so light, soft and not overly sweet (though it was a tad crumbly), and the frosting was the real star. Rich, decadent, nutella-y and I love the way it hardened after a while.
    Best chocolate cupcake!!
    Can this recipe be made into a full on layer cake?

    • Stephanie
      April 21, 2012 at 8:34 am (10 years ago)

      @Sheila – so glad you enjoyed the cupcakes! That’s one of my favorite frosting recipes. You could make this into a layer cake. You might want to double the recipe, depending on how big you want the cake to be.

  55. Shawna
    May 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm (10 years ago)

    Mine completely collapsed. Not sure what happened as I followed the recipe to a T.

  56. LauraS
    June 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm (10 years ago)

    Flavor is spectacular but they were so deflated, I could not frost them.

  57. indra
    July 23, 2012 at 8:41 am (10 years ago)

    hey there! your cupcakes look lovely! i chanced upon here looking for a nutella frosting for my rainbow cupcakes. btw the measurements you have mentioned- C and T. Can i know what they mean? cos in singapore, we’re so used to metric. hope to hear from you very soon! i’m making them this wednesday!

    • Stephanie
      July 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm (10 years ago)

      @Indra – C = cup, T or Tbsp = tablespoon and t or tsp = teaspoon. Hope this helps!

  58. indra
    July 23, 2012 at 9:17 am (10 years ago)

    and hw much is one cup in metric? it wld be very helpful.

  59. lisa
    August 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm (10 years ago)

    I love Nutella. Thank you Thank you Thank you!

  60. Yelena
    August 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm (10 years ago)

    I have a question…
    When it says add the 1/3 dry ingredients and the wet ones do you add it in the butter and sugar?
    And another one is are the dry ingredients from the small bowl right?:)
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    • Stephanie
      August 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm (10 years ago)

      @Yelena – yes, you add 1/3 of the dry ingredients from the small bowl to the butter and sugar. Then add 1/2 of the wet ingredients from the other small bowl to the butter and sugar. Alternate until you empty the small bowls.

  61. Danielle
    August 14, 2012 at 11:31 am (10 years ago)

    If I were to make this into a double layer 8-inch cake, how long would you recommend baking?

    • Stephanie
      August 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm (10 years ago)

      @Danielle – I would probably start testing it around 25 minutes. 8″ cakes take around 25-35 mins generally.

  62. kiana
    October 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm (10 years ago)

    Hi how much is 1/2 cup of butter weighing in grams? Sorry if I sound silly. As normally we weigh thinga in grams instead of cup.

    • Stephanie
      October 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm (10 years ago)

      @kiana – 1/2 cup is 4 ounces, which is around 113 grams.

  63. kiana
    October 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm (10 years ago)


  64. toj
    October 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm (10 years ago)

    I just tried making these today for my girlfriends birthday in a couple days and I have no idea what happened but they didn’t turn out so great )= half the ones in the oven started shriveling up or sinking in and the others seemed alright but when i tried one they were kinda hard and bitter I guess? I dunno what I did wrong D: I followed your recipe exactly though! Maybe its cause of the cocoa powder I used? All i had was Hersheys unsweetened cocoa powder.

    Help her birthdays in two days and I need to work something out )=

    The frosting was brilliant though!

    • Stephanie
      October 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm (10 years ago)

      @toj – I’m sorry to hear that! As I mentioned in the recipe notes, some people rave about this recipe, yet some have issues with them deflating. I can’t figure out what goes wrong for some of you. I made the Nutella buttercream with cinnamon chocolate cupcakes, which was divine. If you want a plain chocolate recipe though, try this one – just use regular all-purpose flour in place of gluten-free and take out the xanthan gum.

  65. Robyn
    November 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm (10 years ago)

    Made these tonight and although they are delicious, we too are one of the unlucky ones whose cupcakes deflated. Have you been able to discover why?

    • Stephanie Nuccitelli
      December 2, 2012 at 7:50 am (10 years ago)

      Robyn, I haven’t figured out why – it’s so strange! I’m sorry they didn’t work out for you.

  66. leavethelies
    January 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm (9 years ago)

    Hey! 🙂

    I just want to share with you my opinion. I made only frosting from this recipe, because I didn’t have all the ingredients and we needed some chocolate cupcake! 😀 So I’ve found different one with ingredients I had. I liked the recipe of the frosting, but I think it doesn’t need so much sugar. I used like half of it. 🙂 It’s pretty tasty, though!!! Thanks! 🙂

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  67. Becky
    February 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm (9 years ago)

    My first attempt at these cupcakes was disastrous…they over-rose, over-flowed and left pitiful holes in the cupcakes…more like cakecups. I figured out my more then 4200ft altitude was the culprit…made them again with high altitude adjustments and they were BEAUTIFUL and delicious. Those that had these cupcakes “sink” on them might be at a higher altitude then they think. Just a thought….Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  68. Lindsey
    March 16, 2013 at 1:51 am (9 years ago)

    Perhaps the problem people are having is that they’re using S R flour as well as the other raising agents? That would cause deflation, surely! Neeeed to make these.

  69. Sophia
    April 19, 2013 at 3:03 am (9 years ago)

    Can i make this into a cake form?

  70. Rebecca
    October 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm (9 years ago)

    You must be having the worst sex in the world. These weren’t cupcakes at all…they were just a made-up batter that destroyed my pans and my oven. As I was pouring these into the muffin cups, I was thinking, “This doesn’t seem like enough flour to make a cake-like treat.” I checked the recipe again. Well, I did what it said. I figure if you’ve got a recipe posted up on here, they must be good. Uh, no. I have baked on batter all over everything in my oven. Now my boyfriend will be over it 10 minutes and he will have no birthday cupcakes. 🙁 I wish there was a place to post a picture here so you can see what an absolute disaster these were. “Collapse” isn’t even the right word.

  71. Rebecca
    October 26, 2013 at 11:19 pm (9 years ago)

    I apologize. After having a complete kitchen disaster with your cupcake recipe, I googled the interwebs for another recipe, with maybe a higher flour content, and proceeded to make attempt #2 at getting some birthday cupcakes together…in the bottom oven, since the top oven was a mess. I had the same results. Complete mess. Cupcake batter everywhere.
    Well, I am at 7000 feet. So today, after cleaning out both ovens, and scraping the concrete batter off all my muffin tins, I bought some Duncan Hines from the store and followed the high altitude directions. They actually resemble cupcakes. Hallelujah.
    Sorry for my harsh message earlier. After two completely different recipes having the same effect, I realized the fault may not have been with you. :-/

  72. Macy
    February 12, 2014 at 10:59 pm (8 years ago)

    Can I halve this recipe? Or will it affect the batter….

    • Stephanie Saunders
      February 13, 2014 at 8:50 am (8 years ago)

      Macy, I haven’t halved this particular recipe, so I can’t say for sure, but I think it could work.

  73. Darlene Boyd
    May 3, 2015 at 12:39 pm (7 years ago)

    Thank you, thank you , thank you for this recipe! The nutella buttercream frosting was SO delicious and the perfect consistency to pipe onto the cupcakes. Just the right amount of powdered sugar so the frosting wasnt overly sweet. Your recipes are always spot on and always a hit when I serve them. Thanks again!

  74. Danielle G
    March 16, 2017 at 2:09 pm (5 years ago)

    I have been making these cupcakes for all my friends’ and family member’s birthdays for six years now (since you first posted this recipe) and every single one of them loves them! I get asked to bring these cupcakes to get togethers and parties all the time! I thought it was finally time I thanked you for this recipe that has made me a hit! Thank you!!! These always come out perfect thanks to you!


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