Day 269 – Salted Cocoa & Nutella Cupcakes

26 Apr

These Salted Cocoa & Nutella Cupcakes (recipe below from Thistlewood Farms) need no introduction.  Or explanation.  I think it’s fair to say that we all know why the needed to be made.  Right?

Cocoa-Cupcake     Mini-Cocoa-Cupcake

The cupcakes are extremely crumbly. They just kinda fall about in your hand. They have an extremely dark coffee flavor. Not sweet at all. In fact, almost bitter cause they’re so dark.


The glaze is smooth and liquidy. It hardens nicely if you pop it in the fridge for 10 mins or so and then sprinkle the salt on. (Otherwise the salt just melts right in.) It tastes like liquid Nutella. No joke. Like, Nutella you can drink. Dangerous!

Salt-Cocoa-Nutella-Cupcake     Mini-SC-Nutella-Cupcake

The glaze definitely brings out the best in the cupcake. It lightens it up a fair amount and brings out the Nutella flavor, instead of the coffee flavor. It’s still a pretty dark cupcake overall though.


Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4.5
  • TOTAL: 18.5



Salted Cocoa & Nutella Cupcakes (recipe from Thistlewood Farms)


  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. instant coffee
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk

Chocolate Sauce:

  • 1 oz. good, unsweetened dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt (set aside for sprinkling)

For directions visit Thistlewood Farms.

*Tomorrow: Reese’s Cupcakes*

One Response to “Day 269 – Salted Cocoa & Nutella Cupcakes”

  1. Klexis April 27, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    You had me at liquid Nutella! Great review. Fun read!

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