Chocolate Cupcakes Filled with Hazelnut Praline and Topped with Fudge Icing

Have you ever eaten a Ferrero Rocher? If so, you know the combination of toasted hazelnuts and chocolate is a crowd-pleaser. This cupcake recipe contains those complementary ingredients and throws in a bit of caramel sauce for added gooeyness!

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Filled cupcakes offer an unexpected surprise when bitten into. Additionally, filling cupcakes adds to the texture of what could otherwise be a boring cupcake. Crunchy hazelnuts, soft caramel and fudgy icing have made this cupcake recipe a best seller in my bakery.

The fudge icing which tops these cupcakes is a great recipe to add to your dessert repertoire. I use this recipe daily in the bakery for icing and filling cakes. My customers love this icing as it is not too sweet – nor is it bitter. A plus for me is it is easy to work with and pipes beautifully. Check out our video on how to make this icing.

Making the Hazelnut Praline:

  • If using whole hazelnuts, chop into smaller pieces (chop into approximately 5 pieces per hazelnut).
  • In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, combine the 2 tablespoons water and 66 grams (⅓ cup) granulated sugar.
  • Stirring constantly, cook the water/sugar mixture until it starts to boil and begins to turn an amber color
  • Immediately remove from the heat once the mixture turns amber and stir in the hazelnuts.
  • Very carefully pour the praline mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet or Silpat – the mixture is extremely hot so please use caution and don’t let the little ones do this. Let the praline cool completely.
  • Chop the praline into small pieces and set aside for filling and topping the cupcakes.
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Filling the Cupcakes:

This is the fun part of making these cupcakes. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Place an apple corer in the middle of each cupcake, press down about halfway into the cupcake, twist and remove the core of the cupcake. You may also use a paring knife or small spoon and scoop out the middle.
  • Fill the hollowed center of the cupcake halfway with caramel sauce (use a spoon or piping bag). Place chopped hazelnut praline in the hole to finish filling the center.
  • Spread the fudge frosting over the cupcake or pipe onto the cupcake using a piping tip of your choice. Sprinkle each cupcake generously with the remainder of the chopped hazelnut praline.
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Chocolate Hazelnut Praline Cupcakes

These rich chocolate cupcakes are filled with caramel and candied hazelnuts and topped off with a fudgy icing.
5 from 13 votes
Course Dessert
Servings 18

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Hazelnut Praline

  • 1 Cup Hazelnuts, roasted and chopped into pieces
  • 66 Grams Granulated Sugar (⅓ Cup)
  • 2 Tbsp Water

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 75 Grams Cocoa Powder (3/4 cup) Use a combination of dark cocoa powder and regular cocoa powder for a richer chocolate taste and appearance.
  • 260 Grams All Purpose Flour (2 cups) (2 cups)
  • 400 Grams Granulated Sugar (2 cups)
  • 2 TBSP Corn Starch
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 3/4 Cup Vegetable or Canola Oil (6 fluid ounces)
  • 4 Large Eggs Room temperature
  • 1 1/4 Cup Brewed Coffee (10 fluid ounces) May substitute water

Fudge Icing

  • 8 Fluid Ounces Heavy Cream (1 cup)
  • 2 Fluid Ounces Light Corn Syrup (¼ cup)
  • 350 Grams Bittersweet Chocolate, chopped into chunks (12 ounces)
  • 85 Grams Unsalted Butter, room temperature (6 Tbsp / ¾ stick)

Caramel

  • 4 Fluid Ounces Caramel Sauce, store bought or homemade (½ cup)

Instructions
 

Hazelnut Praline

  • If using whole hazelnuts, chop into smaller pieces (approximately 5 pieces for hazelnut).
  • In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the 2 tablespoons water and 66 grams (⅓ cup) granulated sugar.
  • Stirring constantly, cook the water/sugar mixture until it starts to boil and begins to turn an amber color
  • Immediately remove from the heat once the mixture turns an amber color and carefully stir in the hazelnuts.
  • Very carefully pour the praline mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet or Silpat. Let cool completely.
  • Chop the praline into small pieces and set aside for filling and topping the cupcakes.

Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Line the cupcake pans with liners.
  • Combine flour, sugar, cornstarch, salt, baking powder and baking soda in the bowl of a stand mixer. If mixing by hand or with a hand mixer, combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add oil and eggs and mix until combined.
  • Slowly pour brewed coffee into bowl while continuing to mix, scraping the bowl occasionally. The batter should be smooth.
  • Divide the batter between the two prepared cake pans.
  • Bake for 22 – 25 minutes, or until cupcakes are fully risen and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.
  • Place cupcakes on a rack and allow to cool completely before filling and icing.

Fudge Icing

  • Place the chocolate in a bowl.
  • Combine cream and corn syrup and bring to a boil.
  • Pour cream/corn syrup over chocolate.
  • Let stand 2 – 3 minutes, then whisk until smooth.
  • Add softened butter and stir until smooth.
  • Allow the icing to sit at room temperature and cool until it is firm enough to spread or pipe.

Cupcake Assembly

  • Place an apple corer in the middle of each cupcake, press down about halfway into the cupcake, twist and remove the core of the cupcake.
  • Fill the hollowed center of the cupcake halfway with caramel sauce (use a spoon or piping bag). Place chopped hazelnut praline in the hole to finish filling the center.
  • Spread the fudge frosting over the cupcake or pipe onto the cupcake using a piping tip of your choice. Sprinkle each cupcake generously with the remainder of the chopped hazelnut praline.
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1 Comments

  1. Jackie

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    5 stars
    What a fun cupcake. My daughter’s bday party had fun with the filled cupcakes. Yummy

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