Nutella & Peanut Butter Cupcakes
50g cocoa powder
175g all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
225g caster sugar
175g unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 riper bananas (mashed)
1 cup Nutella
1 batch Swiss meringue buttercream
3 tbsp smooth or crunchy peanut butter
Preheat a fan-forced oven to 160C (320F) or 180C (356F) for a conventional oven. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the cocoa powder, plain flour, salt, bicarb soda and sugar. Turn mixer on low speed and allow it to mix for a couple minutes to help everything combine well!(alternatively you may do this by sifting the ingredients together). Add the softened butter there is no butter visible and it’s well incorporated into the dry.
Next, add, bananas, milk and eggs in a jug and whisk until well combined.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in a slow and steady stream until no dry ingredients are visible. Scrape down the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds.
Fill each paper 3/4 of the way (using an ice cream scoop to transfer the batter into the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process otherwise you can use two tablespoons).
Sprinkle with crushed peanuts. Bake for 30 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow them to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.
Core each cupcake and fill with Nutella.
Add peanut butter to Swiss meringue buttercream and mix.
Fit the end of a piping bag with a Wilton 8B piping tip and frost a swirl on each cupcake. Drizzle with more Nutella and finish with a sprinkle of crushed peanuts. If you want to get the same drizzle look as I did in the video, fit the end of a piping bag with a small round tip and frost the Nutella around the cupcake, Similar to how you would pipe royal icing.
STORAGE: store in an airtight container for up to 3 days (refrigerated or unrefrigerated).
CAKE: Recipe can be used for one 8” cake tin - adjust baking time to 30-40 min and bake on 180C
EQUIPMENT: Can be made using a hand mixer (always mix on lowest speed) or a hand whisk. Take care not to over mix the batter.
OVEN TEMPERATURE: If you’re baking at home set your fan forced oven to 160C (320F).
BAKING TIME: These cupcakes will typically bake on a lower temp and for a little longer than regular cupcake recipes. I find a low temperate and a slow bake results in flatter tops and no caramelisation so that if the cupcakes are coloured they don’t change colour and brown. After 30 minutes, stick a skewer into the centre of one of the cupcakes, if it comes out with wet batter, bake for another 10 minutes until the skewer comes out with crumbs or completely clean.
Large mixing bowls
Magic Whisk for wet ingredients
Stand mixer (or hand mixer)
Cupcake baking tin
Ice cream scoop (optional)