Devil's Food Cupcakes with Nutella Butter Cream Frosting

These cupcakes turned out AMAZING!!!! I think the combination of the moist devil's food cake and the richness of the Nutella butter cream is so delicious. Everyone who tried these LOVED them!!! The Devil's food cake is from Martha Stewart and the Nutella butter cream recipe came from My Baking Addiction.

I topped my cupcakes with chocolate hazelnut Pirogues. You can find them in the cookie isle. They are made by Pepperidge Farm

  • Devil's Food Cake
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pans
  • 3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, plus more for pans
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • Mrs. Milman's Chocolate Frosting


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange two racks in center of oven. Butter three 8-by-2-inch round cake pans; line bottoms with parchment. Dust bottoms and sides of pans with cocoa powder; tap out any excess. Sift cocoa into a medium bowl, and whisk in boiling water. Set aside to cool.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter on low speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down sides twice. Beat in vanilla. Drizzle in eggs, a little at a time, beating between each addition until the batter is no longer slick, scraping down the sides twice.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk milk into reserved cocoa mixture. With mixer on low speed, alternately add flour and cocoa mixtures to the batter, a little of each at a time, starting and ending with flour mixture.
  4. Divide batter evenly among the three prepared pans. Bake until a cake tester inserted into center of each layer comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes, rotating the pans for even baking. Transfer layers to wire racks; let cool, 15 minutes. Turn out cakes, and return to racks, tops up, until completely cool.
  5. Remove parchment from bottoms of cakes. Reserve the prettiest layer for the top. Place one cake layer on a serving platter; spread 1 1/2 cups chocolate frosting over the top. Add the second cake layer, and spread with another 1 1/2 cups frosting. Top with third cake layer. Cover outside of cake with the remaining 3 cups frosting. Serve.

Cook's Note

The cake keeps well for several days stored on the counter: Cover with plastic wrap or a glass dome to keep the cake from drying out.
Nutella Buttercream Frosting
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 13-ounce jar of Nutella
pinch of fine grain sea salt
1 tablespoon clear vanilla extract
2 pounds confectioners’ sugar, sifted
6-8 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and Nutella until well combined. Slowly add in confectioner’s sugar, and continue creaming until well blended.
2. Add salt, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk. Blend on low speed until moistened. Add an additional 3-5 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk until you reach the desired consistency. Beat at high speed until frosting is smooth and fluffy.
-This recipe will make enough frosting to generously frost 24 cupcakes or one 9 inch layer cake.
-You can easily adjust the consistency of this recipe by simply adding in more heavy cream or milk.
-Covered and refrigerated frosting can be stored for up to three days. Simply bring it to room temperature and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. You may need to add a couple of teaspoons of heavy cream or milk to revive the consistency.



Tiff said...

Seriously.. If you keep this up.. I am going to have to unfollow you! :) ha! But really, I think I am gaining weight just looking at this yummy creation!

CaseyWiegand said...

okay can u come over?!?! and cook for me?!?!?

Keenly Kristin said...

You're KILLING me here. I so want to make these, but since I'm on Nutrisystem and am the one in the house who would normally eat most of the cupcakes/baked goods, I have to resist the temptation. They look heavenly, though.

Kristin :)

Lindsay said...

Your home must ALWAYS smell delicious!

Homemaker Honey said...

I just love Nutella! So this is a gold star recipe for me. So good, that I am sending my readers to you, giving you some linky love. Post will be up tomorrow a.m.

Homemaker Honey
homemakerhoney @gmail .com

Kara said...

They look amazing!! Are you still doing the Handmade Hog party?

Kaye said...

Holy cow I should have never seen this! Thank you for the recipe, the inspiration and the weight I'm about to gain! =)


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