I made some wonderful cupcakes this week. I have been suffering under peer pressure at work to bake, bake BAKE! I succumbed and decided on a simple chocolate cupcake but jazz it up with Nutella buttercream.
This is the best buttercream in the world. I cannot stress this enough. These were, thanks to the buttercream, the best cupcakes I have ever made.
250g icing sugar
80g butter at room temperature (I warmed mine up in the microwave for a few seconds)
About 50ml milk
2 heaped tbsp Nutella (or other chocolate spread)
Place the butter in a mixer and mix for a couple of minutes. Add the sugar and mix, then add the milk. Mix for at least five minutes until it turns almost white. It should be really fluffy and creamy. Mix the Nutella in by hand until all incorporated.
The best buttercream ever (well, as long as you like Nutella).
I used my new Wilton 1M star icing nozzle - it is truly amazing. No wonder everyone raves about it. You should get one, if you haven't already.