Like most of my cooking, this Nutella Buttercream icing recipe came to me in a wild frenzy of ‘what if I smoosh this with that and see what happens?’
What happened was magic, so I’ll do my best to tell you what I did, so you can try it yourself.
Nutella makes everything better, right?
It’s Ivy’s birthday today. Seven. Possibly THE CUTEST AGE EVER.
She’s all about teeny tiny toys that come in teeny tiny eggs, and other teeny tiny shit that she spreads all over the house. But in the kind of cute way that only a gap toothed, pig-tailed seven-year old can get away with, KWIM?
She’s magic. Really, this kid is so chill and so calm. So chill, in fact, that she made zero fuss about her upcoming birthday and I totally forgot to organise a party for her #helloguilt
She’s been cool though, her only request (aside from a Hatchimal which lasted about ten minutes in it’s egg before it hatched, so happy to spend $100 on that *cries*) was a chocolate cake.
And that, my friends, is how we come to the tale of the Nutella Buttercream Icing.
The birthday girl!
No party, but the cake has Nutella
Normally I might have just grabbed a Woolies cake for a home birthday, but since I forgot to plan a party, the guilts had me baking.
In a moment inspired by the supermarket aisle end display, I grabbed a giant tub of Nutella with the plan to smooth some on the cake in place of icing, and stash the rest in with the cleaning products to be consumed … by me … alone … at a later date.
Then I remembered that my mate, Jacqui does a cake with Nutella icing, so I thought I’d give it a try .. AND IT WORKED.
How to make Nutella Buttercream Icing
Here’s what you need (like all my recipes I make enough to feed an army, so keep in mind that this makes A LOT of frosting):
- 250g unsalted butter – soft
- 3-4 cups icing sugar
- 250g Nutella
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- Pinch of salt
Plonk the butter in a large mixing bowl, and using electric beaters blend in one cup of icing sugar at a time, use as much as you think feels right depending on how thick you like your icing – I used 4 cups.
Next I added in the vanilla and enough milk to get a good consistency. Then time for the Nutella! I blended until it was super creamy and I wanted to slam my face in the bowl.
It tasted pretty good, but adding that generous pinch of salt and blending again takes it to another level #sogood
I used it between two layers of chocolate cake – as per the birthday girl’s request – and smoothed it all around and on top of the cake, with plenty to spare.
Some berries and Maltesers on top and we are good to go!
The perfect blend of salty and sweet, this Nutella Buttercream Icing recipe is definitely one to keep in your frosting repertoire.
You. Are. Welcome!