Its funny, but if you stay at the same place enough times, you become acquainted with the surroundings more. This last week in San Francisco, I stay where I always stay in Millbrae. Theres a Walgreens and a shopping area down the road from the hotel that I've frequented before, but I guess I never probed this little cafe that much. I always thought this place was an Italian restaurant and this time, I chanced to go in and find out that its a coffee shop! Whats more, its a coffee shop that does this special latte - a NUTELLA LATTE! I LOVE Nutella and so I tried this treat and found that I absolutely adored it. I wound up going down during my remaining 3 days in Millbrae and I got almost two of these things a day. I figured that I would stock up on it while I could as I don't know anyplace here thats creative enough to thing of a Nutella Latte.
So, with the taste of Nutella in my mouth, I've entered the weekend....
I can't remember if I posted it a week or so ago, but I did a Nutella cupcake recipe and I must say, I was sorely disappointed with the whole thing. It was a vanilla cupcake (which I've not really found a good recipe for vanilla cupcakes - I've found one that I'm going to try sooner or later) with swirl of Nutella baked in and then topped with a Nutella buttercream frosting. Yuck.... The cake was dry and the Nutella swirl was just heavy and gloppy and the buttercream was too textured and sweet. Yuck yuck yuck. And again - yuck.
I figured that it would be best to stick with a chocolate cupcake and maybe add Nutella. I ended up doing my favorite chocolate cake recipe, only instead of the dark cocoa that I usually add, I did regular cocoa. Then, once baked, I took a little glop of cake out of the middle and piped in some straight Nutella. I topped it with this fabulous Nutrella frosting recipe that I found. This one is NUTELLA-ICIOUS!
NUTELLA BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
1 STICK UNSALTED BUTTER, SOFTENED
1/2, 13 OZ JAR OF NUTELLA
Blend these two together until completely mixed
PINCH OF SEA SALT
1/2 TBS VANILLA EXTRACT
2 CUPS SIFTED POWDERED SUGAR
5-6 TBS HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM
Add these ingredients to the mixture above.
Will frost 12-15 cupcakes