Nutella Cupcakes for Two

I have discovered a very dangerous thing. A one bowl chocolate cupcake recipe for two. Yes, it makes a perfect serving of two cupcakes. You could whip these up anytime you have a sweet craving. How dangerous is that?!

They’re especially perfect if you want to treat yourself and your sweetie to a special dessert on Valentine’s Day. Even if you don’t have someone special to celebrate with, you should treat yourself. We all know that the best thing about Valentine’s, besides celebrating love and those special people in our lives, is enjoying some chocolate goodness.

You know one of my favorite ways to enjoy chocolate is with Nutella, so what better way to top these moist chocolate cupcakes than with my popular Nutella buttercream? It’s rich, creamy, and so good. And even better-you’ll have a little leftover, which gives you the perfect excuse to taste test the frosting.

Let’s take a look at just how easy these one bowl, 3 step cupcakes are to make:

1. Place all dry ingredients in medium bowl and whisk until combined.

 2. Add wet ingredients to bowl and whisk until just combined.

3. Divide batter into 2 lined cupcake wells and bake at 350°F for 20-22 minutes.

Pretty simple, right? I need to forget I ever learned this, or I might be eating cupcakes on a daily basis…

Nutella Cupcakes for Two

If you don’t want a lot of frosting, try reducing the recipe in half. Also, 1/16 teaspoon is about the same as a pinch.


  • 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.


Cupcake recipe adapted from An Edible Mosaic.

22 Comments on Nutella Cupcakes for Two

  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    January 29, 2013 at 9:26 am (9 years ago)

    These are the cutest cupcakes! You can never go wrong with Nutella :).

  2. Dalila G.
    January 29, 2013 at 6:03 pm (9 years ago)

    Talk about easy-peasy!
    This is perfect for me to snack on….OK, I’ll share with my hubby. 🙂
    Good thing I have all of the ingredients on hand.

  3. Liz
    January 30, 2013 at 5:32 pm (9 years ago)

    You are the queen of beautiful frosting! These cupcakes are picture perfect!

  4. Autism United
    January 31, 2013 at 10:29 am (9 years ago)

    Oh these are going to be a bad habit for sure.
    What a great idea, bad idea, but great!

  5. Annie
    January 31, 2013 at 11:33 am (9 years ago)

    That is an amazing idea!! Perfect for making them for someone’s birthday too.
    Also, I have a question, what do you do to your cupcakes to make them turn out so good every time? Mine always turn out with a crust on top, and don’t look (or taste) moist like yours. Have any tips?

  6. Vanessa (from BlogFrog)
    February 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm (9 years ago)

    So clever!! I usually cut down a cupcake recipe in half, but this is even better.

  7. kat
    February 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm (9 years ago)

    Love nutella and cupcakes! Genius and thanks for sharing! Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
    xx a girl and her food

  8. Cynthia
    April 26, 2013 at 6:10 am (9 years ago)

    This is exactly what I needed! Sadly, due to a chocolate allergy I’ll have to skip the cocoa powder and nutella frosting. However, I AM stoked to have my own treat when I serve chocolate cake to my birthday girl tonight.

  9. badgarnituur
    May 7, 2015 at 6:19 am (7 years ago)

    This is very nice one and gives indepth information. thanks for this nice article.

  10. Fairytale Studios
    September 21, 2019 at 7:54 am (3 years ago)

    Loved your recipes and how delicious it looks. Cant wait to try


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