Truffle Cupcakes

Truffle Cupcakes
Yield: 12 cupcakes Prep 20 mins Bake 350°F 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut liqueur
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (5.3 ounces) chocolate-hazelnut truffles (such as Rocher)
  • 1 jar (13 ounces) hazelnut chocolate spread (such as Nutella)
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts

Make It

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line depressions of 2 jumbo muffin pans (12 total) with paper or foil liners.

2. Into small bowl, sift flour, cocoa and baking powder. In large bowl, beat butter until smooth. Beat in sugar until fluffy, 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time.

3. In small bowl, stir together milk, liqueur and vanilla.

4. On low speed, alternately beat flour mixture and milk mixture into butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Divide batter among prepared cups, about 1/2 cup each. Unwrap truffles; press one down to bottom of each cupcake and spread batter over top of truffle to cover.

5. Bake in 350 degree F oven until tops spring back when lightly pressed, 25 minutes. Let cupcakes cool in pan on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes to rack; let cool.

6. Frost each with 1 rounded tablespoon hazelnut spread. Garnish with nuts. Store in airtight container for 1 week. Makes 12 cupcakes.