Nutella Cupcakes and Cupcake Baking Tips

Last week while I was in Utah I was invited to spend the afternoon baking with Lizzy from Your Cup of Cake.  I actually just visited and took pictures and she baked.

But while I was visiting and taking pictures I did ask her for some cupcake baking tips.  She had some good ones.

Lizzy is a college student at BYU in Provo.  Her baking inspiration comes from her grandmother who, stuck in the middle of no where, sleeping in  a tent, could make a delicious cherry cobbler over the fire.

Nutella Cupcakes

Lizzy follows the directions.  She always sifts her dry ingredients together to avoid clumps and to make the dry ingredients light and easy to mix.

Nutella Cupcakes

Lizzy also beats her butter and sugar together for at least 5 minutes until it is light and fluffy and has changed color.

She  mixes her oil and egg together before adding it to the batter.  Lizzy says these are the two ingredients that want to mix together the least and by combining them before hand you will get a better “crumb” to your cupcake.

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To make sure her cupcakes are all the same size Lizzy uses an ice cream scoop to fill her cupcake liners.

Nutella Cupcakes

The day I was there she was experimenting with a new Nutella Cupcake recipe.  She and Cali mixed a spoonful of Nutella right into the batter before baking.

Nutella Cupcakes

Notice her cute glass jars filled with sprinkles, chocolate chips and cupcake liners?  I went right home and filled one of my glass containers with cupcake liners too – so cute.

Nutella Cupcakes

Next tip, Lizzy removes her cupcakes from the baking pan right away.  She does not allow them to cool in the pan.

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Right after removing them she places them into some type of plastic container with a lid.

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She then allows them to cool and steam in the closed container.  This is a great tip for cupcakes and muffins and helps create a softer, moister cupcake or muffin.  Brilliant!
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When her friends ask her for baking tips Lizzy always tells them to at least purchase a piping bag and some basic tips for frosting your cupcakes.  She says, “Everyone, thinks its so hard, but it honestly is easier than using a knife to frost cupcakes and it takes less than half the time.  Plus, everyone will think you’re a professional.”

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These cupcakes do look professional, as good as any I’ve seen in a bakery!
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And like any good food blogger, Lizzy takes pictures of her creations.  She has limited space and equipment in her college apartment but she makes it work!
Nutella Cupcakes

Nutella Cupcakes

See how pretty her photos turned out here.

Thanks Lizzy for sharing your tips and of course the yummy Nutella Cupcakes! Be sure and check all the other yummy recipes Lizzy has over at your Your Cup of Cake!

Nutella Cupcakes and Cupcake Baking Tips
  • Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ C oil
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ C water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C sour cream
  • 24 tsp Nutella
  • (1 per cupcake)
Nutella Buttercream:
  • ¾ C Nutella
  • ¼ C butter, softened
  • 1½ -2 ½ C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-4 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 24 muffins tins
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, oil, milk, water and vanilla
  3. Sift in cake mix and stir in sour cream
  4. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full and then place a teaspoon of Nutella on top of each one
  5. Using a toothpick, swirl the Nutella into the batter
  6. Bake for 14-18 minutes or until the sides spring back (The tops will stay gooey because of the Nutella.)
  7. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and place directly into airtight containers so seal in moisture
  1. Beat the Nutella and butter for 5 minutes
  2. Add vanilla, then alternate between adding powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream
  3. Taste the buttercream until you reach your desired sweetness
  4. You may need to refrigerate the buttercream before piping it onto cooled cup
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    These look fab! Thanks for sharing all those tips. I subscribe to Lizzy’s blog anyway – so now I’ve found yours too! :-)

  2. says

    Those are great tips! I just made some cupcakes for Ethan’s birthday this week and wasn’t super happy with the texture – I’m going to try the mixing techniques you posted the next time around.

  3. Judy says

    Great tips! I never heard of putting the baked cupcakes in a closed sontainer to cool before but will do it next time.

  4. says

    Leigh Anne, first I want to say Thank You. I haven’t had a very good days for the last three days. My daughter had to undergo another surgery yesterday. It was emergence and she called me about two hours before she went into surgery. Of course we ould of liked to have been there with her but it was on short notice. Then my husband doctor wanted to do a MRI on him cause he has blood on his spine and no one knows why but because he has a pace maker they can’t do a MRI so we are back to square one. They well do another CatScan on Monday or Tuesday to see what is going on.

    When I got this today it really came at a good time. Now to get my mind off my worries I will go and make cupcakes for my husband and son. I can’t eat them. Thank you so much. These look really good.


    Donna Scrapp’n Nana
    want to look, I would love you too.

  5. says

    I’ve been noticing on several blogs lately that they recommend mixing the butter and the sugar for 3-5 minutes when baking. I decided to try it on my chocolate chip cookie recipe, and they turned out great. I’ll be doing it from now on. I’m so excited to try these Nutella cupcakes. I LOVE Nutella.

  6. Valerie A. H. says

    When I saw this recipe for Nutella Cupcakes, I had to make them right away. They are SOOOO good! Will be making these again and again.

  7. says

    Thanks so much for the tips! I am going right now to check out Lizzy”s blog.
    PS Thanks for sharing the recipe. Guess what I’m doing later.

  8. lorene says

    oh yum! nutella cupcakes = heaven! LOL.. I was facinated with the tips. how long do you keep the cupcakes in the bowl? till completely cool? if you don’t have that many bowls, what do you do? can you stack them in the bowl?

    now I am a follower of cup of cake! everything looks so yummy! I love trying new recipes! I always send the extra to my hubby’s office so I won’t eat them all! LOL…. so gotta try these…..


  9. says

    Lorene- Leave them in the tupperware for about 10-15 minutes. They should steam up a bit. If you don’t have enough containers, you can take mixing bowls or other things and just flip them over and cover the cupcakes on a table to trap the steam. If you stack the cupcakes, they will stick to each other.
    Watch out for my Butterfinger Blizzard Cupcakes coming later this week, they are absolutely to die for.

  10. julie says

    Wow! these are soo amazing! I made them for a new neighbor (knowing full well how much my family loves nutella, heehee). I will make these again and again, the frosting is ridiculously yummy.


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