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Nutella Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Nutella Buttercream Frosting

I am definitely prone to having more sweets than I need around the house…. I take that back. There is no such thing as having too many sweets (at least in my world). My Baking and Pastry education definitely left me with more reasons to keep baked goods on the top of my list of things to create. I love great pastry and a great cake, cookie, or cupcake can make any day better. My dentist says I need to chill out on my exposure to sweets, but I find that all too difficult in my line of work. I’ll just floss religiously and brush very frequently. The world is a better place with things like Frosting in it, wouldn’t you agree?

There are soooo many different kinds of frostings. Flavors galore, swiss meringue buttercream, Italian Meringue Buttercream, Simple, Complex, stiff and smooth. Well, I’ve swam the sea of icings, and I have to say that this could be the holy grail of simple buttercream.

It is simple to create, yet complex in flavor. Smooth and soft yet holds it’s shape, and not too sweet. I really hope you enjoy slathering this on everything, as much as I do. Please do, because otherwise I might start to feel guilty about my new obsession.

This is the frosting of choice for my Chocolate Blueberry Cupcakes.

Nutella Buttercream Recipe from

I really wanted to find a way to incorporate the Jar of Nutella I had hanging out in the pantry into a sweet treat this week. I settled on the idea of a simple buttercream. I thought of creating a Swiss meringue but I was worried about the complexity of the recipe and thought something less complicated would be easier for everyone to whip up when short on time. Not to mention simplicity can be a blessing when letting ingredients stand out. I didn’t want the Nutella to get lost, and my decision on something simplistic really payed off.

You can refrigerate this frosting in an airtight container for up to a month, and let it sit a room temp for an hour or two to bring it to a workable consistency.

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Nutella Buttercream Frosting
Yields: enough for 24 cupcakes
Prep time:
Total time:
  • 1 lb (4 sticks) unsalted butter (room temp.)
  • 13 oz of Nutella
  • 2¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  1. Place the butter and Nutella in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  2. Beat on medium-high for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the powdered sugar ¼ cup at a time.
  4. Add the vanilla once all the powdered sugar has been incorporated.
  5. Beat on medium for another 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  6. Reduce speed to low for 1 minute. This helps to smooth the icing and release any air bubbles.
  7. Enjoy!



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I'm Nicole. Ceo, Pastry Chef, and Photographer for I'm a lover of sweets, art, and an avid puppy cuddler. I hope my recipes, kitchen tips, tricks, and culinary adventures inspire you to put your "Creativity to Plate!" You can read more about me and Confectionalism on the About Confectionalism link in the Menu bar to the far left of the site. Happy Cooking! Sincerely, Nicole

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56 thoughts on “Nutella Buttercream Frosting Recipe”

  1. I just can’t get enough of Nutella! I feel like baking about five batches of cupcakes right now so I can use this recipe. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  2. I’m not sure if I should dare making this for my nutella junky son… so good. PInned. Thanks for visiting foodie friday.

  3. I have never considered Nutella for frosting. Wow – this looks delicious and my children will be all about this. Thanks for sharing. Pinning!

  4. You are an evil genius ;) The amount of calories in this…I’m not even going to think about because I am obsessed with butter cream frosting! I have never, ever heard of someone mixing in Nutella! This is brilliant!

    1. You are too kind, Jacqueline. :) I avoid calorie counting when it comes to anything with frosting… It’s seems like I’m setting myself up for failure if I even look at the numbers. Besides, indulging every once in awhile is what life is all about, right? If you get a chance to try it, Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks so much for visiting, you’re comment made my day.

  5. I know I’m one of those crazy people who has never enjoyed Nutella BUT I think this would be absolutely delicious! Love buttercream icing!

  6. This sounds so good. I love Nutella and peanut butter so this is perfect for me. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I have made this on several occasions. I would highly suggest that everyone who reads this also make it. This is some super delicious frosting!

  8. My daughter is addicted to Nutella recently, she has it for breakfast, with strawberries, dips other fruit.. its really good! I am going to show this to her, and i am sure she going to try it out.

  9. Good Evening Nicole, Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! You have tempted me. I love Nutella and I really love buttercream frosting so I am going to forget about all the butter which is included in this buttercream frosting and I am going to enjoy each and every slice when I use it to decorate my cake….. I will just make sure I invite a lot of my friends so that they can enjoy your buttercream.
    I just popped over for the Man Food Link Party and I have enjoyed my visit so I have become a new follower.
    I look forward to reading all your other wonderful recipes.
    Best Wishes

    1. Greetings, Daphne. I’m so glad your visit to Confectionalism was enjoyable for ya! I’m so glad to have you as a new follower and I hope the frosting recipe is perfect for your cake.

    1. Nutella is pretty wonderful. I’m always looking for new ways to implement it, as I can never get enough. Thanks for commenting, Michelle!

  10. This looks amazing! Nutella is like gold at our house, and a very special treat, so I don’t know if I could bring myself to use a whole 13 oz… but I’m very tempted!
    Found you at Creativity Unleashed. :)

    1. I must admit, I did leave a tad left in the jar for some toast the next morning…. hehe. I just needed to be sure I had a little left to hold me over until I bought another jar.

  11. That picture made me really crave Nutella! Sounds like it would be great on some chocolate cupcakes.

  12. This sounds like something my husband and son in law would love. I am not a good baker but my daughter is and I bet she never thought about using Nutella. Great idea!

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