Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes

ferrero rocher cupcakes

Do these Ferrero Rocher cupcakes even need an introduction? These are the kind of cupcakes that walk into a party and everybody turns their head to stare! They’re the A-Lister of cupcakes, I mean look at them! Moist, rich chocolate cake filled with chocolate hazelnut ganache and topped with chocolate hazelnut swiss meringue buttercream – who doesn’t love chocolate and hazelnut together? They’re the classic couple, the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of food pairings! What I’m trying to say is these cupcakes are to die for, if you like Ferrero Rocher these cupcakes are for you! 

ferrero rocher cupcakes

I’m going to be bringing these cupcakes along for the crowd at Fiesta Friday today, so I hope they love them as much as I do! Today’s FF is co-hosted by the ever wonderful Jhuls and Selma, so it’s sure to be a great party! Make sure you come along, there will be lots more tasty treats and awesome blog posts to devour!

ferrero rocher cupcakes



This post is going to include the recipe for the chocolate hazelnut ganache and chocolate hazelnut swiss meringue buttercream. The cake recipe I used for these was this recipe, which is perfect for cupcakes as it’s super light while still being rich. I won’t write up that recipe in this post so you’re not bombarded with recipes! Besides, I need to get on with baking for my biscuit GBBO challenge! 

ferrero rocher cupcakes

I’m gonna use this opportunity to let you know about a new feature I’ll be doing on this blog. As you’ve probably noticed, I’m a big baker and that’s what this blog is for – my baking adventures. However, from now on once a month I will be featuring a recipe that is not part of my baking, it will be something I have cooked. I do love cooking, but I don’t do it that often. This is partly due to my chronic health issues, getting the energy to cook dinner in the evening is not always easy and I usually end up having a frozen meal of some kind – especially when I’ve used up all my energy baking! I’m hoping this feature will motivate for me to cook for myself when I do have the energy. I hope you will enjoy those posts, but don’t worry this is still a baking blog! 

ferrero rocher cupcakes

Recipe time – below the recipes I’ll also give a few steps on how to put the cupcakes together 

Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache
Rich, chocolate and hazelnut ganache
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  1. 115g Nutella
  2. 120ml double cream (heavy whipping cream)
  3. 55g dark, good quality, chocolate, chopped
  1. In a small saucepan, heat cream over medium low heat.
  2. Stir in Nutella and stir until smooth and combined
  3. Add chocolate and stir until melted
  4. Leave to cool for 5 minutes
  1. Great for filling, drizzling and covering cakes!
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Chocolate and Hazelnut Swiss Meringue Buttercream
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  1. 5 large egg whites
  2. 1.5 cup sugar
  3. 2 cups unsalted butter, cut into cubes and softened
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  6. 1/2 cup nutella
  1. Whisk together the egg whites and sugar in your stand mixer bowl and place it over simmering water. Heat to about 160F (about 7 minutes), whisking occasionally.
  2. Transfer bowl to stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment and beat on medium high speed until mixture cools, doubles in size and forms stiff peaks. This takes about 10 minutes.
  3. Switch to the paddle attachment and add butter one piece at a time, mixing to combine after each addition. The mixture may curdle but keep mixing and it’ll come back together don’t worry.
  4. Add salt and vanilla and mix to combine. Set aside quarter of the frosting aside for the vanilla portion (if you want just Nutella SMBC obviously you don’t need to do this)
  5. Add Nutella to remaining frosting and beat to combine.
  6. Use immediately
  1. SMBC doesn't tend to keep very well, so use it straight away
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 To make the cupcakes

You’ll need;

  • Cooled chocolate cupcakes
  • Your chocolate hazelnut ganache
  • Your chocolate and hazelnut SMBC
  • Your  saved vanilla SMBC
  • Halved ferrero rochers 

Cut a small circle of out the centre of each cupcake, saving the top of the cut out. Fill each cupcake with a teaspoon of ganache and then replace the cut out top, trimmed down to fit. 

Using a piping back with either the end snipped off or a large round nozzle – pipe swirls of the chocolate and hazelnut SMBC on each cupcake. Then take some more of the ganache and drizzle over the cupcakes. Then, using another piping bag with a star tip nozzle, swirl a little of the vanilla SMBC on top of the drizzled chocolate and hazelnut SMBC. 

Top with half a ferrero rocher and they are ready to eat, yummm!






  1. Jhuls says:

    Are these cupcakes talking to me?? So you know that I am co-hosting with Selma? And you know that I will be entitled more than my share. πŸ˜› You mean Nutella and Ferrero? These are really for me!! Let me just leave my drink and get my share.:D Enjoy FF and have an amazing weekend, Michelle!!

  2. Lori says:

    I’m so glad you brought these Michelle! I am totally drooling! Wow! I would absolutely love this! You are so, so gifted! Did yo ever tell me you have chronic health issues? Trying to remember. You still in the states?

    • Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake says:

      Thank you Lori, that just brightened my day!

      I have mentioned my chronic health problems on here before, I have lupus. I don’t bring it up very often though!

      Nope, been back in the UK for a week now. Missing the the A/C of the US haha

  3. Ngan says:

    These look ridiculously good! Oh my gosh, I could go for one of these right now. Ferrero Rocher is one of those candies that are absolutely addicting, and I bet these cupcakes go super fast at parties.

  4. radhika says:

    Nutella and my second favorite chocs in the world. I have to be selfish and must keep aside some extra for me to take home πŸ˜€
    I love your photos and this is such an amazing recipe. πŸ™‚ yum,yum, yum πŸ˜€

  5. radhika says:

    Yayy! It finally worked, I am able to comment now.
    I had to use IE which I hardly ever use, totally worth it… πŸ˜€

  6. Selma | Selma's Table says:

    And here I was wondering why Jhuls was so chatty and zipping around the party so early in the proceedings – she’s had more that her share of these amazing cupcakes!! These look and sound spectacular and I really hope that you apply to get in to GBBO next year – you would be fabulous with your show stoppers, that is for sure! Looking forward to seeing stern Mary tomorrow with her blue eyes shooting bullets at anyone who dares to bring in shop bought anything!! Have a wonderful week x

  7. Kloe's Kitchen says:

    I didn’t even finish the title and I was hooked. Michelle, these look so down-right amazing. They are adorable and fashionable all at the same time. Absolutely on my bucket list. πŸ™‚

  8. Chitra Jagadish says:

    wow this is such a gorgeous cake Michelle…how did i miss this treat last week….just fantabulous….am droooling just by the look…i keep telling this each time i just adore your bakings….genius you are…

  9. Petra says:

    Oh! I don’t eat cake very often but these looks so delicious! I love the sound of the Swiss Meringue butter cream, and hazelnuts and nutella as well! It sounds like a little bit of heaven πŸ™‚

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