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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream

Nutella-filled red velvet cupcakes, topped with thick and fluffy Nutella buttercream! These cupcakes are guaranteed to be your new favorite cupcake recipe! Maybe even all-time favorite dessert!
Course Cupcakes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Author Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl

Ingredients

For cupcakes:

  • 1 box milk chocolate cake mix
  • 1 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/3 c. oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. red gel food paste

For filling and buttercream:

  • 2 c. Nutella divided
  • 1 c. unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 c. powdered sugar

Instructions

For cupcakes:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk chocolate cake mix, milk, oil, eggs, and red gel food paste, beating until blended, 1-2 minutes.
  2. Line regular-sized muffin cups with paper liners.
  3. Fill muffin cups halfway with batter.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  5. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

For filling and buttercream:

  1. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, scoop a 1-inch ball out of the center of each cupcake. Reserve these pieces of cake for sprinkling crumbs on top of the cupcakes as garnish.
  2. Using 1 cup Nutella, spoon a rounded teaspoonful of Nutella into the center of each cupcake.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy.
  4. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and remaining Nutella, beating until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
  5. The frosting should be thick, but fluffy and pipeable. You can add a tablespoon or two of water, if needed, to adjust the consistency.
  6. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes.
  7. Sprinkle with red velvet cake crumbs, for garnish.