Easy Nutella Frosting Recipe

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Creamy, fluffy, and so unbelievably simple, this Easy Nutella Frosting Recipe will become an instant go-to recipe in your home. This buttercream is rich and chocolatey while still maintaining that subtle hint of Hazelnut. 

Nutella Frosting swirled on top of chocolate cupcakes with colorful sprinkles

This Easy Nutella Frosting is heaven in a bowl. I mean, who doesn’t love Nutella? In just 3 quick steps, you’ve got a buttercream that pipes like a dream and might just find its way onto a spoon and straight into your mouth!

Today’s post is a guest post from my talent neighbor and friend, Chelsey, Sugared Sentiments. Chelsey is a custom baker; she bakes and decorates stunning cakes and cookies for her clients. Her quest for perfection is what guides her on her journey for baked goods that look great, and taste even better!

She recently started Sugared Sentiments so she could share her fabulous recipes with a larger audience.

a collage of A Thing One and Thing Two layer cake, Moana cookies, Thanksgiving sugar cookies,

As a custom baker, I have a mile-long list of cake, buttercream, and filling flavors that I’ve created over the years. And no matter how long that list is, someone always has a new request! Enter Nutella Buttercream, a request from my niece for her 5th birthday!

It combines all of the things I love… Nutella gives it that rich Chocolate Hazelnut flavor, Butter adds that creamy texture and buttery flavor, and the perfect addition of Sugar gives it just the right amount of sweetness! But the real magic comes from the addition of Heavy Whipping Cream. This gives it that fluffy, airy texture that we all crave when it comes to buttercream! No one wants to bite into a stiff mountain of Powdered Sugar. Yuck!

I wouldn’t suggest substituting the whipping cream with anything else… you’ll love what it brings to the table!

Step by step photos collage of making Nutella buttercream frosting

Making Easy Nutella Buttercream

The steps to create this fluffy, chocolate dream could not be more simple

  1. Whip Nutella and Butter together for about 3 minutes, until completely combined and lighter in color.
  2. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Set your mixer to stir and add your powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing until fully combined.
  3. Add your flavors and 3 Tbs of whipping cream. Starting on low to combine, increase the speed and whip your buttercream for 3-5 minutes. If the mixture is still too thick, add up to 2 more Tbs of whipping cream. Make sure to whip well after each addition of extra cream so you continue to lighten and fluff your Buttercream.

This Easy Nutella Frosting is the perfect topping for Cake, Cupcakes, Cookies, and even fresh fruit! You’ll honestly want to put it on everything!

Nutella Frosting swirled on top of chocolate cupcakes with colorful sprinkles

These cupcakes were decorated with this Easy Nutella Frosting, using the Wilton 1M tip and a piping bag.

If you are a big buttercream fan, I love how they look piled high with this beautiful buttercream. But if you are like me and prefer more cake and less frosting, a simple rosette is a classic and elegant touch!

Nutella buttercream piped in a rosette pattern on chocolate cupcakes

Happy Decorating! -Chels

Thanks for sharing this Easy Nutella Frosting Recipe with my readers Chelsey!

Watch Chelsey’s video to see how beautifully this frosting pipes! You’ll also want to follow Chelsey on Instagram to see all the fabulous treats she’s whipping up.

Nutella Frosting swirled on top of chocolate cupcakes with colorful sprinkles
Yield: Enough to frost 3 dozen Cupcakes or one 8” 2 Layer Cake

Easy Nutella Frosting Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 Cup Nutella
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3-5 tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a Stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), Whip Nutella and Butter together for about 3 minutes, until completely combined and lighter in color.
  2. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Set your mixer to stir and add your powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing until fully combined.
  3. Add your vanilla and 3 tablespoons of whipping cream. Starting on low to combine, increase the speed and whip your buttercream for 3-5 minutes until it is noticeably lighter in color. You’ll want your buttercream to be stiff enough to pipe and still maintain its shape, but light and fluffy, not heavy and dense. If the mixture is still too thick, add up to 2 tablespoons of whipping cream. Make sure to whip well after each addition of extra cream. Store tightly covered in the fridge for up to a week.



Notes

Substitutions: Can Substitute Salted Butter for Unsalted if you like a little bit of a salty sweet flavor.

Powdered Sugar can be decreased to 3 cups if you prefer a richer, less sweet buttercream. You’ll want to decrease your Heavy Whipping Cream as well, however.



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Chocolate cupcakes with Easy Nutella Frosting swirled on top.
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