I also jumped at the chance to use the new whisk my mum sent to me. So I set about making these on Friday night. It started to go a bit wrong right from the beginning - my hand whisk just couldn't get the butter and sugar fluffy enough. I gave up and added the eggs and flour, but the recipe said the mixture ought to be really stiff! Mine wasn't. Hmm. I carried on and added the mixture and the nutella to the cases, but because the cake mix was too runny they just wouldn't marble together properly and it was a bit frustrating. They came out looking OK, but the nutella kind of exploded a bit leaving 'empty' cakes, and where it had stayed in the cakes, it sank to the bottom and didn't really work. Ah well, when I started my Off-Grid baking I expected some fail cakes!
On Monday evening I tried to make Nutella cupcakes again, but this time just in the frosting, but using a basic Quick Chocolate Cupcake recipe from Versatile Kitchen. I like this recipe: it really is quick, just bung it all in and stir! I also like using oil instead of butter in general, as it's healthier, and so much easier to work with - no fluffing of butter and sugar, which is just so hard without an electric mixer!
For the frosting I made up a recipe, using 1/4 cup of butter, 2 cups of icing sugar and about half a cup of nutella! Sooo unhealthy! But so delicious. These turned out really well. I still want to find a recipe which incorporates Nutella into the actual cupcakes, but I will work on that one!