Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes*

Ok so let me explain. I know I have a problem. A cupcake problem. But you know you love them as much as me! And while I would love to make a beautiful layered cake…unless I am having a ton of people over it just doesn’t make sense. Cupcake recipes are easily scaled down…while if you scale down a layered cake you have a small cake…which just is not as pretty as a big one. Then the other problem…slices of cake are SO much harder to send home with other people! Cupcakes are super easy to send home with guests! I buy clear throw away plastic cups and they are perfect to toss a cupcake into. Literally just drop the cupcake in and it will travel safely to their house in the cup holder. Then when they are ready for their cupcake, using kitchen scissors, cut that puppy outta there! And the biggest reason I make cupcakes instead of cake…you can’t bake a beautiful cake and have some and then send it over to someone’s house or into work with your Mom. Because there would be a glaringly obvious piece of cake missing. No this way, I can have eleven one and no one will be the wiser.

These particular cupcakes were great! I used my amazing cupcake freezing abilities and froze the leftover chocolate cupcake batter from the 100 Grand Cupcakes. So when it was time to make these cupcakes, I just took out the batter! My Mom would tell you these are not cupcakes. Because they don’t have frosting. To her, frosting is the best part of cake or cupcakes….or anything else for that matter. But to me, it is all about the cake (except for here and here, because let’s face it, those two icings are phenomenal). But don’t get too upset, and start thinking that without icing you are going to feel like you are missing something. Because inside of each cupcake is a healthy dose of Nutella! and on top sits a delicious Ferrero Rocher. These cupcakes were definitely tasty….and are a perfect cupcake for the frosting challenged (you know who you are).

Like I said these cupcakes were tasty, but you will never guess who ate 3 in less then 2 minutes…

Yes. That’s right. My 30 pound dog ate 3 extremely chocolate-y, filled with Nutella, and topped with a Ferrero Rocher cupcakes. There were 3 cupcakes remaining on the table as I helped a friend out to her car. It was pouring raining, so I can guarantee that it took me no longer then 2 minutes. When my sister and I returned inside we found the 3 cupcakes we were planning on eating…Gone. No trace. No crumbs. No wrappers. Nothing. My sister, Haley, then said, “Oh man! Did Laura take all the cupcakes?!” And I said no…but I bet if you look around the corner, Brody is hiding in his corner where he thinks I can’t see him. She looks. And yes, he is laying here. On his back, legs straight up in the air, passed out.

And now you probably are thinking, he must have gotten so sick! Did you rush him to the vet? Did he die?! Well, no. I did not take him to the vet. I didn’t even worry about him. You see….Brody has an obsession with chocolate. When he was a puppy he ate an entire box of Russel Stover Valentines day chocolate, with no consequences other then chocolate on his white mouth. And about a year ago he ate an entire package of Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans from Starbucks. Again with no consequences. Each time I have worried…but this time I thought oh well. And the next morning I wake up…go downstairs…make some breakfast for Haley (my sister)…and guess where Brody is. You would think Brody would be suffering from a chocolate tummy ache…or at least sleeping off his chocolate hangover. But no, there he was, giving me his big puppy dog eyes begging for some chocolate chip pancakes.

And then the following week I was heading to my Mom’s with Brody and I had made some cupcakes for that night. So we all loaded up into the car and check out these iPhone pictures (so sorry for bad quality) I got on our way there. Brody didn’t want me to post these photos because it proves how obsessed he is with cupcakes (even more so then his Mama)…he also was upset that I didn’t fix his mohawk that day and so he doesn’t look like his idol, Puck from Glee.

Can I please have a cupcake? They smell so good! I promise the chocolate in it won’t kill me!

GIVE ME A CUPCAKE NOW, Pretty Please? I am not going to say please again!

He alternated between these two positions for the entire 30 minute car ride….and whenever he thought I might have forgotten him he would let out a nice loud whimper. Does anyone else have a dog that loves cupcakes and chocolate? Or did I really find my perfect doggie soul mate?

So if you don’t believe me, believe him. These cupcakes were delicious! Not as delicious as the 100 Grand Cupcakes…but then again I don’t think anything will ever top those.


Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes

Yield: 30 cupcakes


2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
30 Ferrero Rochers


Heat oven to 350°F.

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).

Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups.Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cooled, cut out a small piece from the center and fill with Nutella. Top with a Ferrero Rocher candy and slightly press candy into Nutella to ensure it stays on top. Store at room temperature.

Adapted from: Hersheys

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28 Responses to “Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes”

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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — August 27, 2010 @ 6:56 am

    LOL! Oh dear, Brody’s face is too priceless! In some of these, he’s giving you the rebellious “WHAT?” look.

    I just made Ferrero Rocher and Reese’s cupcakes — great minds think alike! I loved your 100 Grand Cupcakes post, too — it’s just a candy cupcake kinda time 😉

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    Erica — August 27, 2010 @ 9:04 am

    First of all…how FREAKING cute is your dog? What breed is he? Adorable. And those cupcakes look heavenly. I usually go hide in a corner when i’ve pigged out on too many cupcakes too. :o)

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    Lainey_Elizabeth — August 27, 2010 @ 9:35 am

    HOLY MOLY!!! I love Ferrero Rocher! I can’t wait to try these!

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    Adrienne — August 27, 2010 @ 9:47 am

    This has me cracking up! Your dog is freaking cute. Not to mention these look delish. But really, your dog is just freaking cute.

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    DeAnna — August 27, 2010 @ 9:47 am

    OMG! That was hysterical. The look on his face in the first pic is priceless!

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    Courtney @ Ice Cream & Wine — August 27, 2010 @ 10:32 am

    OMG, I die for Nutella (actually, Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter is my vice – but one in the same). These look great! Have you seen those commercials for Ferrero Rocher during the holiday season? They say it in a sultry voice, and now I have stuck in my head!

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    amy donovan — August 27, 2010 @ 10:32 am

    wow, these look amazing! definitely going to try them out. + oh yeah, you have such a cute dog. the story about his chocolate obsession is hysterical!

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    Evan @swEEts — August 27, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    Well these look fabulous! I just started following you on twitter :) I’m still new to that whole game ha. When I was a kid my dog ate a whole bag of chocolates that my grandmother brought back from Switzerland!! I really want to try these cupcakes!

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    Suzy — August 27, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    I love Brody! His hair is AWESOME!!!
    If you ever DO get scared when he eats something he isn’t supposed to…a couple capfuls of hydrogen poroxide down his throat will bring it RIGHT up.

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    Sandy — August 27, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    I love your blog Jessica! Your photos are awesome and so are your recipes such as this one. Yummy! Your dog looks so adorable. I love that face of his that you captured so well.

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    Shannon — August 27, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

    OMG, I’m in love with Brody!!! So freakin’ adorable!!! Those cupcakes look amazing. Can’t wait to try!

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    Grace — August 27, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

    Have you been reading my mind? All week I have been obsessing over not only creamy Nutella but also Ferrero Rochers! I can almost taste it now.

    Give that dog another cupcake :)

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    Barbara Bakes — August 27, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

    I think I haven’t fully understand the cupcake advantages until now. Or maybe I just haven’t been using enough Nutella and candy on top. They sound fabulous. Obviously Brody thought so.

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    X-Tina — August 27, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

    B-R-O-D-Y!!!! Not only does he love chocolate, he loves bread and anything left on the table. And he is an Empanada thief!! He managed to open up a tray of empanadas and eat about 5 of them…Still love him and miss him!!!

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    bianca — August 27, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

    OMG your dog is a gem; that face! Congrats on the article, great post!:)

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    Cookie Sleuth — August 27, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

    Your dog is so cute! I’m glad he didn’t get sick from the cupcakes. I have a cookie problem, so I know where you’re coming from!

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    Sarah — August 27, 2010 @ 11:37 pm

    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog! I sure hope if you guys move you don’t gain those pounds! Me, I put on 3-4 lbs :p. Terrific interview btw! Congratulations!

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    Joanne — August 28, 2010 @ 7:02 am

    I’m a cupcake lover as well. For many reasons. One – it’s easier to blog about cupcakes. People don’t seem to like them when you present them with a cake with a slice cut out of it. And so I usually only get pictures of the uncut cake. Not as fun. Cupcakes are also portion-sized. And occasionally I can control myself and only have one. Rather than cutting a huge slice of cake and calling it a portion.

    I do love ferrero rocher…something about hazelnut and chocolate that is so addicting. These look amazing!

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    Marcellina — August 28, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

    Your dog is absolutely adorable!!! Yes, our first dog loved chocolate, too! Great cupcakes! No need for frosting when they are filled with nutella and topped with a Ferrero Rocher! YUM!

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    Katie — August 29, 2010 @ 10:14 am

    Oh my goodness, what a cutie pie Brody is! :) And I love that his idol is Puck from Glee…hilarious 😉

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    Kerstin — August 29, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

    Aww, your doggy is so cute! You always make the best cupcakes and these are no exception – they look fabulous, who doesn’t love Nutella? :) Great idea about putting them in plastic cups for travel too!

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    Beth — August 30, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    OMG, I have a seven year old cocker that loves chocolate and has never gotten sick either. Not even when he jumped onto the dining room table and knocked off an entire chocolate fudge cake and ate every bite. BTW – Braody is adorable. Maybe it’s a cocker thing.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — August 30, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

    I’m learning French, so this post is fun for me to practice my pronounciation! 😀

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    Katie — September 13, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    I have a 5 year old bloodhound, Cody, who loves graduation cake. When I graduated college my mom made me a red velvet cake and when she ran out of frosting she went to the store to pick some up. She thought my dog was locked in his crate but he was just laying in there with the door wide open and when she returned from the store she found that he had helped himself to me delicious cake. So she cut off the part he ate from and brought the cake to graduation. Then 3 months later my youngest brother graduated from high school. We had a party before graduation and had the dog in the crate, but let him out when everyone was done eating (we saved the cake for after graduation). When everyone was gathering their stuff to leave Cody went to his crate like a good boy. As we are driving to the ceremony my mom asks me if I locked him up and I said no, then she said she didn’t either. After the ceremony when we got home there was a pile of napkins and crumbs on the floor in front of the cake. Once again he had helped himself to some yummy marble cake!

    He didn’t get sick either time, and still ate all his dinner and breakfast the next day!

    I wonder how my middle brother’s college graduation cake is going to survive?!!?

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    Mimi — May 22, 2014 @ 9:22 am

    That’s the cutest dog ever!!!

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