Hazelnut cupcakes with Nutella®

A tiny little cake for a great Christmas
Cupcakes are also known as fairy cakes, due to their tiny measures and their artistic look. Can you resist when you find a cupcake in front of you, filled with Nutella® and topped with merengue? We bet you'll feel like you have no other option than taste it.
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  • For the cupcakes:
  • 110g soft butter
  • 220g granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 120g ground hazelnuts
  • 115g flour
  • ½ teaspoons (2g) baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 120ml whole milk
  • 150g Nutella®
  • For the meringue:
  • 2 egg whites
  • 185g granulated sugar
  • 50g water
Step 1
    For the cupcakes:
  • Preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F) and position the baking rack in the middle of the oven.
  • With a whisk, cream the butter and the sugar for 5 minutes. Then mix in the eggs and the ground hazelnuts, followed by the milk.
  • In another bowl, sift together the flour, the baking powder and the salt then fold in the previous mixture until just combined.
Step 2
  • Spoon the batter into 10 muffin paper cups and bake for 20-25 minutes, (or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean)
  • Let the cupcakes cool down on a wire rack
Step 3
  • Using a small knife, cut the top of each cupcake and spoon out a little bit of the crumb (you will use as cupcake lid later)
  • With a piping bag, fill each cupcake with 15g of Nutella® and top with the lid
Step 4
    For the meringue:
  • In a small pan, heat 150g of sugar and the water until it reaches 118° C (245° F)
  • In the meantime, whisk the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer, gradually adding 35g of sugar until soft peaks form
  • Once the sugar syrup reaches 118° C (245° F), turn up the speed of the mixer and pour the syrup along the sides of the bowl. Continue whisking until the bowl sides are barely warm
Step 5
  • Fill a piping bag with the meringue and pipe it on top of the cupcakes
Step 6
  • Caramelize the meringue using a blow torch or, alternatively, under the oven broiler set at the highest temperature
Et voilà!
Hazelnut cupcakes with Nutella
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