Another Tuesday, another recipe from Baking Chez Moi. This week, we chose to prepare the Nutella Buttons, tiny little cupcakes with a secret filling surprise and a glaze of ganache. What’s not to love? Actually, if you are me, it’s the Nutella. Hard to believe since Nutella is so popular but it just isn’t something I go crazy for. In truth, it is just not the right chocolate flavor for me; I prefer a dark chocolate to a milk chocolate.
The batter was a quick and easy one to mix and they baked up just as fast. Do yourself a favor, buy a scale and use the weights listed for each ingredient rather than the cup measurement. Although I began by measuring the powdered sugar using cups, on a whim I decided to weigh it. What a difference! My cup measurement was off by nearly 20 grams and while that does not sound like much, it is nearly an ounce and with a recipe this small, it could have had a huge impact on the results.
Now back to the secret filling. When I saw that I would need to buy a jar of Nutella, I thought it would be better to choose a spread that I would enjoy and might actually use. My first choice was Dark Chocolate Dreams by Peanut Butter and Company. And because I can never do anything simply, I also picked up a jar of Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter from Trader Joe’s.
Using a small portion scoop for the batter and spoons for the spreads, I had a full tray of little cakes ready to bake in just a few minutes.
Both of these spreads are pretty tasty but as always, I prefered one to the other and surprisingly, it was the Speculoos Butter. Slightly spicy and a little crunchy, it won the contest and if I hadn’t put the top back on, I might have eaten the contents of the jar one spoonful at a time. Somehow, I was able to restrain myself, for now…
Dark Chocolate Dreams filled cakes on the left, Crunchy Speculoos filled cakes on the right. No way to tell which is which just by looking on them. Biting into them is the only option…
Do yourself a favor, pick up a copy of the book and bake along with us, you will enjoy the adventure! To see the results, visit the website and look for the LYL page.