Nutella Buttercream



Smooth Nutella buttercream is so easy to make and is the perfect topping for cupcakes, birthday cakes, layer cakes, or anywhere else you might need a little buttercream really!

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Smooth Nutella buttercream is so easy to make and is the perfect topping for cupcakes, birthday cakes, layer cakes, or anywhere else you might need a little buttercream really!

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was going to share my recipe for Nutella cupcakes and if you follow me on… well any social media really, you will have noticed that last week I decided my willpower was strong enough to not eat all of them if I made them.

This morning I'm mostly testing my willpower 😋 Must photograph cupcakes, must not eat cupcakes, must not eat cupcakes, must not eat…

A photo posted by Charlotte Oates (@charlotteslivelykitchen) on

It turns out I was wrong, I don’t have nearly enough willpower and simply couldn’t resist giving them a try. But, it you’re going to crack and eat something a bit naughty, I’d suggest that Nutella cupcakes are definitely the way to go 🙂

I was going to dive straight into posting the recipe for those cupcakes but then I decided that the buttercream deserved a post all to itself. Yes, it’s the perfect Nutella-y topping for the cupcakes, but it’s also yummy in it’s own right and it would make a brilliant topping to all sorts of other flavours of cupcakes, birthday cakes, layer cakes or anywhere else you might want to use a bit of buttercream.

Smooth Nutella buttercream is so easy to make and is the perfect topping for cupcakes, birthday cakes, layer cakes, or anywhere else you might need a little buttercream really!

It took a bit of trial and error to get the balance of butter, sugar and Nutella right in this buttercream. I started by making standard buttercream (made with 1 part butter to 2 parts sugar) and simply mixing in plenty of Nutella for flavour but I found it far too sweet. In the end I found that using equal amounts of butter and icing sugar gave a much better flavour.

As with my standard vanilla buttercream, you need to add just a little milk to get the buttercream to a nice spreadable consistency, perfect for covering a cake or piping onto cupcakes. You’ll need less milk than you would with standard buttercream as the addition of Nutella gives it a softer, smoother texture anyway.

Smooth Nutella buttercream is so easy to make and is the perfect topping for cupcakes, birthday cakes, layer cakes, or anywhere else you might need a little buttercream really!

Nutella Buttercream

Active Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

This recipe makes enough for 12 buttercream cupcake roses or for a thin covering over a 20cm round sandwich cake with a layer in the middle.

Ingredients

  • 175g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 175g icing sugar
  • 350g Nutella
  • A dash of milk (I use skimmed but any is fine)

Method

  1. Cut the butter (175g) into cubes and beat in an electric mixer until soft.
  2. Add the icing sugar (175g) and beat until fully combined. To try and avoid the sugar flying everywhere I add the sugar a spoonful at a time and keep the mixer on a low speed until it has started to mix with the butter.
  3. Add the Nutella (350g) and beat until fully combined.
  4. Take a look at the consistency of the icing, is it spreadable? If not add ½ tsp milk and mix until fully combined. Check the consistency again and repeat until it is just spreadable.
  5. Once you’ve got the consistency right, it’s ready to use.


Smooth Nutella buttercream is so easy to make and is the perfect topping for cupcakes, birthday cakes, layer cakes, or anywhere else you might need a little buttercream really!

Nutritional Information

Calories: 280 kcal (14%), Fat: 18.2g (26%), Saturated Fat: 9.3g (46%), Carbohydrates: 27.0g (10%), Sugar: 26.8g (30%), Fibre: 0.0g (0%), Protein: 1.6g (3%), Salt: 0.0g (0%)

This is the estimated nutritional information per serving (assuming this serves 12). Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

Smooth Nutella buttercream is so easy to make and is the perfect topping for cupcakes, birthday cakes, layer cakes, or anywhere else you might need a little buttercream really!

Free From/Suitable For…

  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Gluten-Free
  • Egg-Free
  • Corn-Free

The ingredients for this recipe are commonly available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.

Smooth Nutella buttercream is so easy to make and is the perfect topping for cupcakes, birthday cakes, layer cakes, or anywhere else you might need a little buttercream really!

22 Comments:

  1. Oh I love the shape of those roses. Love your piping skill! I can never make it look that pretty!

  2. Yummy! This buttercream sounds incredible. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks, I’ve got a little bit leftover in the fridge and I’m having to try very hard not to go and eat it all up!

  3. Omg this is genius why have I never done this?! Looks amazing

  4. That cup of pure buttercream is criminal! I need it in my life! Just need an excuse to make it now… ‘Tuesday’s’ are a thing to celebrate, right?

  5. Ooh your nutella buttercream sounds (and looks) delicious Charlotte. Your iced roses are fab too….i really must practice my piping skills!
    Angela x

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks Angela. I need to practice mine too as that’s the only thing I can pipe! Take a look at the tutorial on Gym Bunny Mummy, that’s where I learnt to do it from – it’s really simple.

  6. Yep. Nutella is great in creams and buttercreams! Love the swirly piping too xx

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks Kate, it’s the only style of piping I can do so I really need to get on and learn some more!

  7. Hey Charlotte, would you recommend Nutella buttercream only on a chocolate/Nutella cupcake or would it go well with vanilla too?

    Thanks
    Surbhi

    • It would go brilliantly on a vanilla cupcake. The reason I posted it on it’s own rather than with the cupcakes was to encourage people to add it to whatever they wanted rather than just sticking to the Nutella cupcakes I made.

  8. Hi Charlotte! I planned to make a hazelnut praline buttercream to fill a chocolate cake but won’t have the time – does this taste hazelnutty or will there be too many chocolate flavours going on?

    • It tastes just like Nutella but with a lighter texture so it depends whether Nutella is hazelnutty enough for you. If definitely has a more hazelnutty flavour than my chocolate buttercream.

  9. what if you cant get icing sugar… will powdered sugar work??

  10. Do the cupcakes need to be refrigerated with this frosting or can they be left out?

    Thx!

    • Technically you should probably keep them in the fridge as there’s butter in the buttercream but I’ve kept them out for a day or so and not had any problems.

  11. I can vouch for how great this recipe is. Just typed in Nutella Butter Icing to Google and this was the first one that came up. The quantities of the ingredients were perfect (although I ended up using less Nutella as it was all I had) and the texture is light and fluffy. I hope my fiance will be happy with his birthday cake! I would definitely recommend!

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