Nutella Cupcakes for the win!

Basically if you say Nutella and cupcakes, what could go wrong? I was a little worried about the moistness of the cake but it worked out well!

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Before I get to the recipe, you may be wondering why I discuss baking so much. I have a couple reasons and it definitely coincides with living a minimal lifestyle…or so I think.

Reasons to Bake in a Minimalist Life: 

  1. When you give people baked goods, look at their eyes light up. You don’t even have to be giving them something; when people see a cake or [insert any delicious dessert], they exude happiness. Making others happy is just one pleasure in life we have. Sharing in that happiness makes life worth it!
  2. Creating something, whether that is through food, music, art or construction, means you are experiencing life. You are taking chances. Everything might not work out, but at least you’re trying. And if it doesn’t work out, then I’m sure you learned something from it. I’ve had many tragedies (wasting food in my mind is a tragedy!) in the kitchen but it’s made me a better baker.
  3. Baking allows you to be present. You need to pay attention. You need to concentrate on what you are doing. I find it relaxing and important to take the time to just be. This is important for self-care and for mindfulness, which is all part of living that minimal life.

Now, to the good stuff; Nutella Cupcakes! This recipe was adapted from Life, Love & Sugar.

Cupcake Ingredients:
230g all-purpose flour
200g sugar
2 tsp baking powder
168g salted butter, soft and room temperature
160g Nutella
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
150ml milk

Directions: 
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Mix dry ingredients together; flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl.
3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients; butter, Nutella, eggs, vanilla, and milk.
4. Mix until smooth.
5. Fill cupcake liners half way. I had to tap my cupcake holders (free standing) to make sure there were no air bubbles.
6. Bake 22-25 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
7. Remove cupcakes from oven and allow to cool.
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Icing Ingredients:
226g salted butter
500g icing sugar
160g Nutella, plus some additional Nutella for drizzle
2-4 tbsps milk or cream

Icing Directions:

1. Mix butter until smooth.
2. Sift icing sugar one cup at a time into bowl and mix with butter until smooth.
3. Add Nutella and 2-4 tbsp milk or cream and mix until smooth.
4. Mix on high speed until consistency is good for piping (mixing to get a good consistency usually takes 6-8 mins). Ice cupcakes once fully cooled.
5. Warm up the additional Nutella for about 15-30 seconds for drizzle. Use squeeze bottle to drizzle over iced cupcakes.
Happy Baking!
All photos taken by That Minimal Life.
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