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Day 320 – Caramel Macchiato Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes

16 Jun

Caramel Macchiato Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes (recipe below from Life, Love & Sugar).  Yeah.  There’s nothing left for me to say.  Right?

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are light and very sticky. They’re a lot like Devil’s Food cupcakes in feel. A little bit in taste. They’re chocolatey with a pretty strong coffee aftertaste. Not bitter, but definitely coffee.


The coffee glaze has an extremely strong coffee flavor with a fair amount of sugar. Kinda like a cortadito (for my Miami friends). My hubby said it reminds him of espresso vodka…I don’t get the same flavor, but that’s ok.


The frosting is very thick, but smooth until it hardens. It has a dark caramel taste with a little sweetness.

CMCN-Cupcake     Mini-CMCN-Cupcake

This cupcake is ooey and gooey. Lots of different textures and flavors. They all mesh pretty amazingly together. Even the Nutella. It doesn’t make a huge appearance, but it adds a nice hint of nuttiness into the mix. The coffee is strong, the caramel is a nice balance and the chocolate seems very light and delicate.


Note: Make sure to use the sprinkles immediately. The caramel frosting hardens really quickly and the sprinkles don’t stick.


Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4.5
  • Appearance: 4.5
  • Ease of Making: 3
  • TOTAL: 20



Caramel Macchiato Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes (recipe from Life, Love & Sugar)

Chocolate Cupcakes:
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 cup boiling water
Caramel Frosting:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 7-8 cups powdered sugar
  • 5-6 tbsp milk or cream
Coffee Glaze:
  • 2 tbsp espresso powder
  • 6 tbsp warm water
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • about 1/4 cup Nutella
  • chocolate sprinkles, for topping


For directions visit Life, Love & Sugar.

*Tomorrow: Easy Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes*

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