Chocolate Cupcake with Ricotta and Nutella frosting

Chocolate Cupcake with Ricotta and Nutella frosting

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In every Italian house you can always find fresh ricotta and a Nutella jar and one of my favorite treats growing up was mixing them up for a quick and yummy dessert.

The freshness of the ricotta mixed with the smooth and rich Nutella creates a whole new flavor that will capture you completely. You will soon become addicted, I swear!

In this recipe I used the Ricotta-Nutella as a frosting for a dark chocolate cupcake, to give you in a single bite all you’re looking for from a dessert.

Chocolate Cupcake with Ricotta and Nutella frosting
Serves 15
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 130g (1 cup) All-Purpose Flour
  2. 130g (5/8 cup) White Sugar
  3. 1 tsp Baking Powder
  4. 50g (3/8 cup) Unsweetened Cocoa
  5. 1 pinch of Salt
  6. 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  7. 1 Egg
  8. 50g (1/4 cup) Butter
  9. 100ml (1/2 cup) Milk
  10. 100ml (1/2 cup) Water
  11. 150g (1/2 cup) Ricotta
  12. 4-5 tbsp Nutella
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients first, then slowly add the egg, the melted butter (not hot) and the milk mixing continuously with a whisk.
  2. If you want a more chocolaty flavor, add 1/3 of melted dark chocolate bar.
  3. When you have a smooth mixture, add the 100ml of hot water (80°-90°C) and mix well.
  4. Transfer the mixture filling 2/3 of the paper cases, previously placed in a muffin pan.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes in pre-heated oven at 160°C (325°F).
  6. Meawhile prepare the easy frosting: with a fork mix the ricotta with the Nutella (about half and half) until you obtain a light brown cream as in the picture.
  7. Pour it in a sac-a-poche and set aside, ready to frost.
  8. When the muffins are ready, let them cool completely before frosting, otherwise the ricotta will melt.
  9. If you don't plan to eat all the cupcakes in 1 day (not recommended), keep the frosting refrigerated and frost the cupcakes just before serving.
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I'm an Italian girl recently immigrated to the Netherlands with a true passion for food. I love traditional and simple Italian recipes but once in a while I enjoy experiment new ingredients and foreign flavors. This blog is my perfect escape to find happiness in the only place it could be found: THE KITCHEN!

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