Hazelnut and Nutella cupcake

by Maryam on February 2, 2010

When I came back from Dubai, my sister Salwa told me that “during your absent I used to check your blog and read some of your posts … there are a lot of funny spelling mistakes” she told me. When I heard her mentioning that I felt really grateful for making this blog! Now I know that this blog represents part of me. My feelings, readings, discoveries, travels, cooking experiments, writings, etc. are written here. Salwa’s words were touching.

Salwa is in Bahrain right now, I miss her. She used to help me a lot with this blog. Even my other sister Hessa, she used to read what I have written and correct my mistakes if there is any. Hessa also helps me with selecting the pictures which will be published. I miss them so much. Thanks God they will comeback at the end of the week.

Hazelnut and Nutella cupcake

In normal, raw lifestyle, day I don’t feel carving for chocolate stuff at all. But the carving starts immediately when I eat any cooked meal, which is usually in the free days. I noticed that, when I eat chocolate my carvings for more chocolate increases dramatically. However, when I go back to my raw diet the carvings vanish like it never been existed!

Adapted from Superior Cup Cake (Arabic book), Hanna A.Hashem Al-Alawi

The original recipe contains more ingredients and instructions for additional coating and Hazelnut garnishing. I didn’t mention it in the recipe because I didn’t do it myself.


100g butter @ room temperature

1/4 cup icing sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread, Nutella

1 1/4 cup flour

2 tablespoons cacao powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

Dash of salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup hazelnuts, crushed

3/4 cup buttermilk

making the cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350°F.In a big bowl whisk the butter with the sugar until it gets fluffy. Add the eggs and the vanilla while whisking. In another big bowl sift the flour with the cacao powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Alternately add the dry ingredients, buttermilk, Nutella and the crushed hazelnut to the butter-sugar-egg mixture. Continue adding the ingredients until you finish the whole amount. Make sure that the mixture is fully homogenized.

Pour the batter into the molds then bake for 30 minutes of till well done*.


*You can use a tooth picks to check if your cupcakes are done or not, just insert it in the middle of any cupcake randomly and take it out, if there is nothing stuck to it that means your cupcakes are done.

enjoy with love,


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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily February 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Holy schnikies those have to be good! I adore hazelnut anything!

Viviane February 2, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I think chocolate makes everything better and Nutella is one of the best creations out there!

mara February 2, 2010 at 8:25 pm

yum, I love nutella so much, great idea.

Maria February 2, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I was interested when I saw that you eat RAW and still eat sweets occasionally. I would like to start eating raw but always worried if I could stick to it because I love sweets!

Kristi February 2, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe. This is just in time for WORLD NUTELLA DAY on Feb 5th. Now all I need to find is a Nutella frosting. =)


Maryam February 2, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Thanks for all of you .. and happy nutella day ..

Dear Maria .. I’m big lover of sweets! but believe me going raw is something really awesome. The first week may seems hard , as a beginning, but then you will like it .. trust me and give it a try.

wish for all of you the best.

bakingwithoutabox February 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm

These look great for a chocolate craving day. Nutella is good on anything, but baked in? Mmmm.
And I tell myself almost daily that small spelling mistakes and quirky language give a blog character. You would find plenty at mine: http://www.bakingwithoutabox.com.
Keep up the good work! Raw or not. After seeing those cupcakes, I’ll be back for a peek soon.

Karine February 4, 2010 at 3:15 am

Great combo of flavors in your cupcakes! They sound delicious. thanks for sharing :)

Tian February 6, 2010 at 2:06 am

hello! i was just wondering how much buttermilk? is it 3/4 cup?

i cant wait to try this!

Tian February 6, 2010 at 5:17 am

wow they are delicious!!

Maryam February 6, 2010 at 10:35 am

Yes 3/4 cup buttermilk … Enjoy the taste

Frankie February 22, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Those look AMAZING! I’ve been obsessed with Nutella since I moved to Europe, so I will definitely be making these soon!

Megan February 24, 2010 at 12:09 am

Seeing these cupcakes just made my day-I am a HUGE nutella fan but have never thought of adding it to cupcakes. It sounds irresistible!

Cupcake Stand July 19, 2010 at 1:14 pm

My son will go crazy for these – he adores Nutella, even catch him eating from the jar, tut tut. I’ll have to make these for him and his friends, they look delicious x

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