Brownie Cupcakes with Hazelnut Buttercream Recipe -
Brownie Cupcakes with Hazelnut Buttercream Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Brownie Cupcakes with Hazelnut Buttercream

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"These easy brownies are loaded with chopped hazelnuts, then they're topped with swirls of creamy chocolate-hazelnut frosting."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    50 mins


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper baking cups. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions using oil, water and eggs. Stir in 1/2 cup of chopped hazelnuts. Fill baking cups 3/4 full.
  2. Bake 30 to 32 minutes or until centers are set. Cool 2 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire racks.
  3. For Frosting: Beat shortening, butter and chocolate hazelnut spread in a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, salt and 1 tablespoon of milk. Beat slowly until combined. Beat on high, 3 to 5 minutes, adding an additional 1 tablespoon milk at a time until desired consistency is achieved.
  4. Frost cupcakes by placing frosting into corner of resealable plastic bag. Cut 1/2-inch off corner of bag. Starting at outside edge, work in circular motion to build up frosting moving towards center, creating a swirl effect. Sprinkle with reserved chopped hazelnuts.
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Dec 14, 2012

I just made these last night and I think they are fantastic. I love hazelnuts and I love Nutella, so it was the perfect recipe for me. I doubled the batch and it made more than 24, and I also ground up the hazelnuts, since I don't love taking a big bite of a cupcake and getting a huge piece of nut. I added a little but more Nutella to the frosting, and the frosting is truly creamy...the best buttercream I've ever made. A very good recipe! It's the perfect combo...the cupcake tastes like a brownie and the frosting balances out the heaviness of the brownie!

Nov 11, 2012

I just used the frosting recipe for a hazelnut brown recipe I had and it is amazing. It is so smooth and creamy and deliciously chocolate.


10 Ratings

Nov 10, 2012

I like these brownie cupcakes a lot. I think I went a lil over board with the nutella, i put a scoop in the batter as well. A little goes a long way with that nutella, I think Ill skip putting nutella in the batter next time. Overall they turned out nicely.

Jul 24, 2014

Just made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious! I did not add the extra hazelnuts, but when I make this again I will probably add some on top, as a garnish. Next time, I will also make the brownies from scratch. The frosting was absolutely amazing! I thought the 1 T of milk was enough - the consistency was light and airy and fluffy. I may substitute cream for milk next time, just to try.

Sep 01, 2013

I only made the frosting, but it's to die for! It's light, creamy, and not too sweet. I've never been a big Nutella fan, but had a jar sitting there and thought that I'd try this frosting. It's definitely one that I'll make again. I doubled the recipe to frost a cake. There was a little left over, but I'm sure that it won't go to waste.

Oct 12, 2014

Definitely the best cupcake I have ever made! Wow this was fantastic. I did not include any of the nuts, unfortunately, because my family doesn't eat them; regardless still a super recipe. This is a keeper, and actually pretty easy to make, which really surprised me. Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful dessert :-)


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  • Calories
  • 483 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 57.2 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 28.6 g
  • 44%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 4 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 214 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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