I did the worst job taking pictures today. Worse than usual. Of everything. The process AND the outcome. I need a better camera.
Whatevaaaa, here's what you'll need for the cupcakes:
1 box vanilla cake mix prepared according to package directions (You could also use batter from scratch, but I had a bad experience last time I tried cupcakes completely from scratch so I've been a little hesitant to try again) and poured into cupcake pans
1 stick unsalted butter (softened)
1/4 cup milk
4 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
1/2 vanilla extract
1/4 cup Nutella (softened)
After you've divided your batter into cupcake trays, add about a teaspoon of Nutella to the top of each cup:
Swirl it around with a toothpick. Easy enough, right?
Bake according to the directions on the cake box.
While those cool, make the frosting. Start by beating your butter til it's creamy. Add in 3 cups of the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla and beat together until creamy. Add in the rest of the powdered sugar and continue beating. Then add in the softened Nutella and beat until it's smooth and blended together. Okay, now the fun part- taste test it. If it's good, skip to the next step. If it's not, add in what you need to make it taste better for you. For me this consisted of more Nutella (probably close to twice the amount the recipe called for), an ounce of melted, semi-sweet baking chocolate, and more milk to make it lighter. Just so you know if you've never made frosting before, more sugar makes it thicker, more milk makes it lighter. Add either until you get the consistency you want. Frost your cupcakes:
Garnish with the chopped hazelnuts. And before I show you a picture of the inside of these things, I need to make it known that neither Wal-Mart nor Food Lion (at least the ones near my house) carries plain hazelnuts. I had to buy a $7 can of mixed nuts to get 18 hazelnuts. That's all. It was ridiculous. And they were salted, so I had to rinse them off before I chopped them. It was worth it though. They were really yummy and added a nice texture to the cupcakes :D Annnnnnnd eat 'em :D