The chocolatey, hazelnutty goodness of a Ferrero Rocher, all wrapped up into a yummy cupcake
Chocolate and Hazelnut are a match made in heaven, it’s true, I read it in the bible; “and on the 6th day, God created chocolate and hazelnut in His own image, to spend eternity together. However some old dudes heard Him wrong and wrote it down as Adam and Eve”. That’s how it goes in my bible anyway!
And that is why Ferrero Rocher’s are so yummy. And Nutella. And all things Chocolate Hazelnut. The only way to make them better is to put it in a cupcake. Like I said, heaven!
I promised you guys these cupcakes when I shared my Valentine’s Day cakes, sorry it took me so long I’m the worst, I know! The recipe I used was my fave chocolate cake recipe, in this post I’ll give you the recipe for the chocolate hazelnut swiss meringue buttercream and chocolate hazelnut ganache.
What you wanna do is make up a batch of chocolate cupcakes and let cool. Make up the ganache, which is double cream, chocolate and Nutella and leave to cool for about 10 minutes, meanwhile cut circles out of the centre of each cupcake, saving the cut outs. Fill the cupcakes with about a teaspoon of the ganache and replace the centres, trimming them where necessary. Make up the swiss meringue buttercream, it takes a while to make but it’s so so worth it. Before you add the Nutella when making it, set about a quarter of it aside to decorate with. There’s a lot of butter in swiss meringue so make sure you’re working in a cool environment when decorating with it. Swirl the Nutella SMBC on top of the cupcakes and drizzle with some of the ganache. Put a swirl of the white vanilla SMBC on top and place half a Ferrero Rocher on top. Yum!
[recipe title=”Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache”]
- 115g Nutella (or other chocolate hazelnut butter)
- 120ml double cream
- 55g dark, good quality, chocolate, chopped
- In a medium saucepan, heat cream over medium low heat.
- Stir in Nutella and stir until smooth and combined
- Add chocolate and stir until melted
- Leave to cool
[recipe title=”Chocolate Hazelnut Swiss Meringue Buttercream”]
- 5 large egg whites
- 1.5 cup sugar
- 2 cups unsalted butter, cut into cubes and softened
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup nutella
- Whisk together the egg whites and sugar in your stand mixer bowl and place it over simmering water. Heat to about 160 degrees F (about 7 minutes), whisking occasionally
- 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,
- 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.
- 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)
- Add Nutella to remaining frosting and beat to combine. Use asap.
My Favourite Chocolate Cake!
Happy Valentine’s Day