Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Nutella Buttons ~ Baking Chez Moi

Per Nana~
Let me start by saying that I REALLY need to work on my decorating skills. 
When Dorie said the yield of this recipe was 24 mini cupcakes I filled 24 cups 
with the first bit of cake batter plus the Nutella.  After doing that I realized I 
didn't have enough batter to fill each cup to the top. 
 When I frosted them I made such a mess on the cupcake papers (the cupcakes
 were well below the paper line) that I decided to quit after a half dozen.  
The next time I will do six at a  time. 
I found the cake batter to be unusual at first, but after folding in the egg whites
 it all came together.  These little morsels were quite tasty - even the few that
 did not have any topping, and I will certainly be making them again. 
Per Tricia~
I was delighted that my younger son, who is a huge Nutella fan, made it 
home from college in time for us to share these cupcakes. 
He is here less than a week, then heads to London for a summer 
program, so it was even more wonderful that the tight schedule worked 
in his favor....because he would not have wanted to miss it. 
"Nutella buttons" are basically a homemade cupcake with a spoonful of 
Nutella hidden inside prior to baking. The chocolate on top is not actually 
Nutella, but a home-made ganache found in the back of BAKING CHEZ MOI.
 While mine tasted fantastic, it was the ganache that gave me the most 
difficulty.  I must have messed up my ratios because I simply could 
not get it to thicken up. I went from counter tempering, to then trying
 the fridge, to finally trying the freezer.  Even that took a while.
The batter did have me worried because it looked like no cake batter
 I have ever made before. It was mealy and did not resemble the "paste" 
Dorie described until after the melted butter was added. I wasn't sure folding 
the whipped egg whites was going to work. Luckily, Nana had given me the
 heads up about possibly coming up short on batter so I prepared six at a time. 
I ended up with a dozen full sized cupcakes. It is a heavier cupcake than I 
am used to but there were no complaints from this household for the taste.  

Another fun week ~

This marks another Tuesday recipe testing as we cook along with the "Tuesdays with Dorie" online group.  Please note that we do not post the recipes, per the group rules, but we do encourage others to RUN out and buy their own copy of Dorie Greenspan's "Baking Chez Moi".  Better yet, buy the book and JOIN THE GROUP ! www.TuesdaysWithDorie.wordpress.com 


  1. I love the look of that glossy ganache...I wish I'd tried it on mine. Next time.

  2. Love the chocolate chips on top. I almost had the same filling problem, when I got to my last few I made them one at a time.

  3. Your cupcakes look delish ladies! Nana, the decorations are just window dressing - it's what it tastes like that matters. Tricia, I find that ganache can be quite finicky sometimes, so I just avoided it.

  4. I used a piping bag for my ganache as it was really fiddly. You ladies did a great job!

  5. Lovely buttons, ladies! I love the choc chip on top of the ganache, triple choc buttons! Funny how mine makes 36 buttons, I used a 24-home mini muffin pans. But I'm not complaining, these are yummy!

  6. My ganache was runny too. I dipped them anyway and the family was happy to clean up the counter:) Good luck to your son/grandson on his trip to London for the summer.

  7. Love the chocolate chips on top! Fun for your son to study in London…my daughter studied for a semester there and loved it!

  8. It was an odd batter. Glad these worked out for the both of you.

  9. These look terrific---but can you believe my kids are not Nutella fans??? I practically had to force them to try it while vacationing in Italy, then again in crepes in France. Sigh. I'm going to try to make a mini rhubarb cake for the next BCM. Fingers crossed it's worth posting :)