Just some cupcake porn for you today. And a sweet idea for filling your cupcakes (and cookies, and cakes) without making your own filling.
In case you didn’t know, I have a thing for Nutella. I try not to have it around that much, just when I really crave it or want to use it for baking because I tend to eat it right out of the jar like a pig. And I could eat an entire small jar in one sitting if given the opportunity, no joke. It would be really embarrassing to have to go out and buy all new pants and clothes in a size 6 just because I went up a whole size from eating… Nutella. Anyway if you’re a Nutella fan like me, in addition to making these, you should try my Nutella “sangwich” cake. If you’ve never had Nutella, then you seriously need to go out right now and buy some. If you don’t like Nutella… then get the fuck out of here! Just kidding. But really, whatsamatta with you!?
Anyway one night last week I was pissed off, frustrated and kind of depressed, and what do I do when I’m in one (or all) of those moods? I have to create something. So I bake. And this is what I came up with.
So with these I did a basic vanilla cupcake and just used a disposable piping bag fitted with a round tip (Wilton 2A, found here) to inject the cakes with the filling. Nutella is a delicious, easy filling to use because unlike peanut butter, you really don’t have to add any sugar, butter or make a frosting out of it. It’s already sweet enough, and it has a great consistency. You can spread it on sugar cookies, use it to fill the middle layer of a cake, fill cupcakes, etc. You could even make a Nutella frosting if you wanted. Be forewarned- you would need to incorporate it into a frosting like a buttercream, because it won’t pipe well in it’s natural state.
Then for the frosting, I went with this amazing frosting I’ve been obsessed with lately that you can find here (except this time I used 100% white granulated sugar). Om nom nom nom nom. I filled one side of the frosting bag with some Nutella, then put the frosting in, and did a few test squeezes until I saw it come out half & half, or rather like the Nutella was “laced” through the frosting. I won’t bother giving you a cupcake recipe because you can use any ol’ one you like (even a yellow or white cake mix if you’re a big fat cheater). I used Billy’s Bakery vanilla cupcake recipe. But any one will do!
The little toppers are adorable, right? They reminded me of little Vespas, which went with the Nutella/Italian theme. In my head anyway. I didn’t make them, though. I got them a few years ago from Miss Amy O when she had her store (The Peach) on Etsy. She kindly sent them to me free when I placed an order (for my ice cream cone toppers, actually). Now she no longer has an Etsy store but she has a bakery/baking business. called Amy Bakes Cupcakes. Don’t worry, I’m pretty sure she still makes toppers.
So there you have it. A really simple idea, but it’s so delicious. And you know what else is delicious? My Cupcake Rehab third birthday giveaway. Almost $100.00 in prizes up for grabs, and all you have to do is comment. Yep, it’s my blog’s birthday, and you have a chance to get the gifts. Go take a peek and enter! And also, thank you all for being fans of Cupcake Rehab! I really do love my fans & readers. You’re the absolute coolest, and I adore you. If I could give you all prizes I would. Seriously. I really would. You guys & your awesome comments make doing this blog fun and worthwhile. Even the occasional jerk or the few Single White Female copycat stalkers I have to deal with are worth it, because the majority of you are just splendiferous. And scrumtrilescent. So thank you, thank you, thank you for reading my incessant babbling.