“Mochatella Scrumpcakes” Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes with Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting

Ahhhh!  Three of my favorite things.  All brought together in a convenient little package. =)

I was, at first, going to make these with just a whipped cream/cream cheese frosting. Then I found mini chocolate hazelnut biscotti to put on top. So, I thought to myself, why not throw some Nutella in the frosting too?  So, that’s what I did.

Thanks to Ila and Michelle for helping me name them. I will pay you royalties.

Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) hot brewed espresso or very strong coffee
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) sour cream

Heat oven to 350°. Line muffin cups with paper liners.

In a small bowl, combine hot espresso, cocoa, and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Set aside to cool.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter with sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In another bowl, combine the flour, soda, baking powder, and salt. Add about one third of the flour mixture to the batter, along with half of the sour cream. Beat until blended. Repeat with another third of the flour mixture and the remaining sour cream. Beat in remaining flour mixture. Beat in the cocoa and espresso mixture until smooth and well blended.

Fill prepared muffin cups about 1/2 to 2/3 full. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Makes about 18 cupcakes.

Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz. package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • about 4 cups of confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. half and half if needed

In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, Nutella, and butter.

Beat on high until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. If needed, add a small amount of half and half (approximately one tablespoon) to adjust the consistency.

Fill a pastry bag with about a 1/2 cup of frosting and using a 1M star tip, pipe  on top of cupcakes.

If you wish, top with a dusting of cinnamon and a mini chocolate hazelnut biscotti.


9 responses

  1. Amy

    My goodness! Even the name is a mouthful! I love looking at cupcakes in the morning and yours look delicious!

    August 30, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    • Thank you very much!

      August 31, 2010 at 6:46 pm

  2. Hi, the name of these little delights definitely says ‘bake me’! Beautiful photographs, greetings form Ireland!

    August 30, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    • Thank you! And greetings to you!

      August 31, 2010 at 6:47 pm

  3. Judy

    They sound wonderful — and I love the pics!

    August 30, 2010 at 10:53 pm

  4. Wish I could have one of those right now! They look absolutely delicious. Beautiful blog! (Hi from the Foodie Blogroll!)

    September 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    • Thank you and hello to you too! We’ll be sure to check out your blog as well!

      September 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    • Just checked your blog out, Abby. Very nice, indeed! Love the tomato bread and the squashh casserole. I wish I had seen it last month. I was overflowing with squash and tomatoes!

      September 1, 2010 at 10:51 pm

  5. Holy macaroni! First the crabcake photo spread and now these! I will be having some tasty dreams tonite!

    September 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm

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