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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A piping bag full of Nutella buttercream surrounded by Nutella cupcakes topped with Nutella buttercream roses.

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…

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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.

Nutella buttercream bing piped onto a Nutella cupcake.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.

A glass full of piped Nutella buttercream with a jar of Nutella in the background.

4.67 from 3 votes

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! Recipe VIDEO below.

Active Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 319 kcal


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


  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.

Recipe Notes


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.

I've piped this buttercream onto my delicious 3-ingredients Nutella cupcakes. Take a look at my mix-and-match cupcake index for a selection of other cupcake and buttercream flavours.

Nutrition Facts
Nutella Buttercream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 319 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Potassium 122mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 30g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 7.3%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 7.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Watch a video of this recipe…

A close up of a glass full of piped Nutella buttercream with a jar of Nutella in the background.

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.

Nutella buttercream being piped onto a Nutella cupcake.

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!


  1. what would the grams be in cups

    • Charlotte Oates

      If you look just below the ingredients list in the recipe it says “US Cups/Ounces”. If you click there you’ll find the cups measurements.

  2. I used this buttercream to decorate my daughter’s birthday cake and as you might expect it tastes crazy good and also is a good consistency for piping

  3. Hi
    Can I make this the night before?

    • Charlotte Oates

      It tends to crust over as it sets to its best to make it just before decorating. It will keep for a few days on a decorated cake though.

  4. These might be a really stupid question, but do you need to use butter not marg to make butter cream? I used marg and it was runny.

    • Charlotte Oates

      Yes, I find marg is too soft. It will firm up if you refrigerate it but I find butter much easier to get the right consistency.

  5. Can you half this recipe??
    BTW love the idea

  6. Perfect buttercream. I made it back in December as a filling for my son’s birthday cake and also used leftovers on some cupcakes. Simply heaven! 🙂

  7. Can the cakes be frozen once decorated with this buttercream?

  8. Hi Charlotte,

    I’m looking forward to making this on Saturday for a 40th birthday layer cake. I just want to ask does this buttercream crust over? Would really appreciate your response! X

  9. Thank you for this recipe Charlotte!!
    I was making a birthday cake and was lost for motivation for a good nutella dressing.
    FYI, the kids loved it!! 🙂

  10. Wow wow this is lovely… What nozzle did u use? And how many cupcakes did it cover?

    • Aaargh, I’m so sorry I don’t have that tip any more as I bent it and it stopped piping nicely so I’m not too sure. I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful.

  11. I’d really like to try your recipe but could not find how to convert it to American units! I feel so silly but can you help me out? We measure in table & teaspoons,& cups

  12. This Nutella buttercream dessert is amazing, thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

  13. 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!

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


    • 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.

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

  16. 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.

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


    • 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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?

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

  22. 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!

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

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