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Nutella Buttercream

I’ve made nutella buttercream a few times over the years for different projects, but realized I haven’t shared the recipe yet!

This frosting uses my american buttercream recipe as a base, then mixes in the perfect amount of Nutella and a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder to make the best Nutella frosting.

This frosting is definitely on the sweet side, but the cocoa and heavy cream help balance out its flavor.

image of chocolate nutella cupcakes decorated with a nutella buttercream

You could also add the same amount of Nutella and cocoa to a batch of a my Swiss meringue frosting or chocolate Russian buttercream to create a less sweet frosting.

What Can I Frost with this Nutella Buttercream?

The sky’s the limit when it comes to using this frosting. Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, macarons, you name it!!

Photo of my nutella chocolate cake, made with my go-to chocolate layer cake recipe

I’ve used it to frost my Nutella cake, chocolate cupcakes, Nutella macarons, and even my buttercream cookies!

Nutella Buttercream Troubleshooting

While this recipe is pretty straight forward, sometimes people do run into issues making Nutella buttercream. The hardest part is getting the consistency of your buttercream just right.

There are few different factors that influence the consistency of your frosting.

It’s a delicate balance between the temperature of your kitchen, the brand of butter you use, the temperature of your butter, and the amount of heavy cream you use.

The easiest way to see if your frosting is the right consistency is the spatula test! I check the consistency of every batch of frosting I make using this test.

It confirms that your frosting is stiff enough to hold its shape, but spreadable enough for you to easily frost your cake or pipe onto cupcakes. 

To test your frosting, firmly press a rubber spatula into your frosting and pull directly up. Turn the spatula right side up, and look at the frosting on the tip.

image of buttercream frosting being tested for the right consistency
Testing the consistency of a batch of my buttercream frosting using the spatula test.

The frosting should form a somewhat soft peak that has a little curl on the end. It’s stiff enough to hold up that curl, but soft enough to create that little curl.

That little curl is a great visual cue to know that your frosting is just the right consistency.

If it’s too stiff and sticks straight up, I suggest adding in more heavy cream (1 Tbsp at a time).

If it’s too thin and doesn’t form a little peak at all, try adding a bit more powdered sugar (1/4 cup at a time). You can also chill it in the fridge in 10-minute intervals.

After each adjustment, be sure to retest the frosting with your spatula before making any additional changes.

image of Nutella macarons that have been decorated with drizzled chocolate

Paddle Attachment vs. Whisk Attachment

Now that we’ve covered troubleshooting, the last thing to discuss is our equipment.

Either a paddle or whisk attachment can be used to make this frosting with a stand mixer, or you can use a hand mixer.

I like to use my paddle attachment when making frosting for a cake, to minimize the amount of air that is incorporated into the frosting.

This makes silky smooth frosting, which is easier to smooth onto cakes.

I use my whisk attachment when making frosting for cupcakes, which I like to be light and fluffy!

I like to incorporate air into frosting for cupcakes, because I usually pipe massive swirls onto each cupcake.

These are just my personal preferences though, and you can use whatever attachment or mixer you have. They’ll all get the job done!

image of nutella buttercream frosting made with an american buttercream frosting base

Make Your Nutella Buttercream in Advance

This Nutella buttercream recipe can be made in advance. I highly recommend making it ahead of time if possible.

Not only does it give the frosting time to develop more flavor, it also makes the decoration of a cake or cupcakes less stressful and more fun.

This frosting keeps in the fridge for several weeks if stored in an airtight container.

When you’re ready to use the chilled buttercream, remove it from the fridge a few hours in advance (or overnight) and allow it to come to room temperature.

Give it a good stir with a rubber spatula or an electric mixer to get rid of any air bubbles that may have formed. Once the buttercream is smooth again, it’s ready to use!

Tips for Making Best Nutella Buttercream Frosting:

  • Make sure your butter is at room temperature before making your frosting.
  • As long as your powdered sugar contains cornstarch (most brands in the US do) there’s no need to sift you powdered sugar.
  • Use heavy cream or heavy whipping cream and not normal milk! You need the higher fat percentage for the frosting to have the right consistency.
  • If you are making frosting for a cake, mix the buttercream on the lowest speed at the end of the process for a couple minutes to get out any extra air that might have be incorporated during the mixing process.
  • I usually make 1 1/2 batches of frosting to fill and frost a seven or eight inch cake.
image of a pretty chocolate nutella cupcake frosted with nutella buttercream
Nutella Cupcakes

Let Me Know What You Think

If you try this Nutella buttercream recipe, I’d love to hear what you think! Please leave a rating below, and a comment to let me know your thoughts.

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Yield: 7 cups

Nutella Buttercream

image of nutella cupcakes frosted with a fluffy nutella buttercream

This Nutella buttercream frosting is rich, chocolatey, and packed with Nutella!! It tastes amazing on cakes, cupcakes and cookies alike!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

Nutella Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 cup (4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature (452 grams)
  • 1 cup Nutella (300 grams)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (8 grams)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (3 grams)
  • 6 cups powdered sugar (750 grams)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (50 grams)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream (80 grams)

Tools / Equipment Needed

Instructions

Nutella Buttercream Frosting

  1. While the cupcakes cool make the fluffy Nutella buttercream. Beat 2 cups of unsalted butter on a medium-high speed for a minute with a paddle attachment or hand mixer until smooth and lighter in color. 
  2. Mix in 1 cup Nutella, 2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp salt on a low speed.
  3. Slowly add in 6 cups powdered sugar, followed by 1/2 cup cocoa powder. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as need with a rubber spatula.
  4. Add 1/3 cup of heavy cream half way through adding in the powdered sugar to make it easier to mix.
  5. Beat on low until the ingredients are fully incorporated and the desired consistency is reached.
  6. If the frosting is too thick, add an extra Tbsp of heavy cream. If it's too thin, add in another 1/4 cup of powdered sugar.
  7. Stir by hand with a rubber spatula to get the frosting SUPER smooth.
  8. Enjoy on cupcakes, cake or even cookies!

Notes

This recipe makes about 7 cups of frosting, which is enough to frost 3 dozen cupcakes or an 8" layer cake.

Making this Nutella Buttercream Frosting in Advance and Storage Tips:

Make your frosting ahead of time, or save any leftover frosting! It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Be sure to give it a good stir once it thaws to get the consistency nice and smooth again.

A frosted cake can last in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to a month. The buttercream locks in all the moisture, keeping the cake fresh and delicious!

If you cut into the cake and have leftovers, use any remaining frosting to cover the cut section to keep it moist and store in the fridge for up to a week.

If you are making frosting for a cake, mix the buttercream on the lowest speed at the end of the process for a couple minutes, to get out any extra air that might have be incorporated during the mixing process.

Nutrition Information

Yield

7 cups

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 636Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 21mgSodium 211mgCarbohydrates 118gFiber 3gSugar 110gProtein 3g

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