Tortine alla Nutella {Cupcakes filled with Nutella}

We’re celebrating! No it’s not my birthday {that was last month in case you missed it ; ) } It’s not our blogaversary {that’s in January} but you’re getting closer. We’re celebrating our BRAND SPANKING NEW SHINY LOOK! Yes bell’alimento has a brand new look but don’t worry – even though we have  a brand new outside we’re still the same on the inside ;  )

What better way to celebrate than with Nutella! You knew that was coming. I just can’t help myself. I’m weak when it comes to Nutella. I’m just weak. It’s my kryptonite. Always will be. And I’m on a mission to make it everyone else’s kryptonite too ; ) This cupcake will satisfy the choco-holic and nutella-holic in you all at once! It’s so moist and airy! And as you’re biting into it just when you think it can’t get any better you get this ooey crunchy surprise. Nutella and Bacio chocolates come together and *fireworks* *champagne corks popping*

And I didn’t even mention the icing. Oh my sweet mamma the icing. And yes, it’s my Mamma’s icing. I am fully aware this isn’t something that’s going to make  it onto any low calorie or healthy menus. But it’s sooooooooo good that I just block that out ; ) Sweet goodness, it’s almost too much for me to handle. Almost ; )

Light and fluffy chocolate cake…Nutella… Bacio chocolates {my second favorite Italian chocolate} and icing so good I could just pipe it directly into my mouth. It’s definitely perfect for a celebration!

This celebration wouldn’t be possible without COOKIELICOUS! She is the mastermind behind the brand spanking new look, and although I’m totally biased I think  it’s ah-mazing and I just love her  to pieces! She’s so gracious that she’s going to GIVEAWAY a new HEADER DESIGN to one of you lucky readers OR a CUSTOM TWITTER BACKGROUND. Winner’s Choice!  *and the crowd goes wild*

Edited to add: Thank you for your entries. Contest is closed. Winner announced HERE:

  • And now for the GIVEAWAY…
    To enter simply:1. leave a comment telling us what you love best about our makeover or what features you’d like to see added to bell’alimento.
    {bonus entries}
    2. Follow bell’alimento on
    TWITTERand RT the following & let us know you did so! {NOTE: you have to be following bell’alimento for this entry to count}
    @bellalimento is celebrating their new look w/#Nutella Cupcakes & a  GIVEAWAY http://bit.ly/b6KADF
    3. Follow bell’alimento on
    FACEBOOK. Come back leave a separate comment telling us you’ve done so.
    4. Follow COOKIELICIOUS on
    TWITTER . Come back leave a separate comment telling us you’ve done so.
    5. Sign up for our RSS Feed. Come back  leave a separate comment telling us you’ve done so.

That’s 5 chances to win!

Legal Schmegal: Contest is open to EVERYONE {hooray} and is open until Monday August 23rd at 12:00 pm EST. One winner will be drawn by a magic eight ball, ehem random.org. NOTE: Winner will be responsible for installation of design.

Baci e In bocca al lupo {Good Luck}!

Print This Recipe

What you’ll need: {makes 18 large cupcakes}

{cupcakes}
2 sticks of unsalted butter – softened
5 eggs -separated
2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups cake flour sifted twice
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
9 teaspoons Nutella
10 Bacio Chocolates – crushed

{icing}
1 pound confectioner’s sugar
1 cup shortening
7 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 Bacio Chocolates – crushed

What to do:
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In your mixer, cream butter & sugar together until pale in color & very creamy. Add egg yolks one at a time mixing well after each one.

2. Into a large bowl add cake flour, cocoa powder, salt & baking soda. Gently whisk together to combine. Add the vanilla extract to the buttermilk. Set aside.

3. Alternate the flour mixture with buttermilk (end with flour) and add to butter/sugar mixture. Continue mixing until well combined. Set aside.

3. Into a separate mixing bowl, beat egg whites with your whisk attachment until stiff. Gently fold into cake mixture.

4. Line your cupcake pans with cupcake liners and fill 1/2 of the way up with batter.

5. Add the nutella and crushed bacio chocolates into a small bowl. Mix well to combine. Take 1 teaspoon of the Nutella mixture and add it to the center of each cupcake. Finish topping off cupcakes with 1/4 more batter each. Cupcakes should be 3/4 way filled when you’re finished. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before icing.

6. WHILE cupcakes are cooling make icing: into your mixer add: confectioner’s sugar, shortening, milk, cocoa powder and vanilla extract. With your paddle attachment, mix until well combined.

7. Place icing into a pastry bag {or zip lock bag} and pipe onto cupcakes. Garnish with additional crushed Bacio chocolates.

Buon Appetito!

And Psst.

COOKIELICIOUS is available if you’re in the market for a brand new look for your blog/site. Get to her before she has a waiting list longer than Rapunzel’s hair ; )

115 Comments

  1. 1

    how awesome!!!! i love the simplicity of it all, and i adore the bigger pictures 🙂 more of my screen is covered in drool-worthy goodness now!

  2. 2

    Wow! I really like the new site design. I love the lighter background color. Nothing sets off food like a white background…kinda like serving food on white dinner plates 🙂

    I already follow you on Twitter girl! I can’t live without your simple Italian recipes on nights when we’re tired of the same ol’ food.

    Thanks for the giveaway offer! 🙂

  3. 3

    Your new look is so simply zen and easy to read, I love it!

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    Tweeted the giveaway

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    You know I follow you on fb =)

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    Just followed cookielicious on twitter

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    Already on your RSS feed =)

  8. 8

    Nutella AND Bacio?! Sweet merciful heavens!!! Happy, happy Blogiversary, Paula!! Your new look is totally gorgeous!

  9. 9

    I absolutely love the scrolling share buttons. Hooray for a worlwide giveaway 🙂

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    Follow Christy on Twitter!

  12. 13

    I love the larger size of the photos!

  13. 14

    Tweeted the giveaway! (What a great idea for a giveaway!)

  14. 15

    I already follow you on Facebook! 🙂

  15. 16

    I followed Cookielicious on Twitter!

  16. 17

    Paula.. it came out great, like many say here, I like the bigger pictures, and teh simplicity of the site!

  17. 18

    Beautiful photos! The cupcakes look so delicious.

  18. 19

    I love the large pics! Your whole new look is just lovely.

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    Sarah Fowler /

    I am an RSS subscriber but since you don’t do the whole feed I have to click through into your blog. That was all well and good until this makeover… None of the images on the site (in posts, sidebars, headers) display on my iPhone. I’d love for you to fix that! (PS I’m not entering the contest; let someone else win!)

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      Christy /

      Sarah – thanks for the feedback. We’ve tested on a few other iPhones and they don’t present with the same issues. Are you still having difficulty?

      Thanks

  20. 21

    Love the new look! I love your mainly white layout. It took me a while to go mostly white, but it looks much better on food blogs. Now with your beautiful transformation, I want to redo my header. Your a great inspiration!

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    Lee /

    The new layout looks great!

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    Lee /

    Following on Facebook!

  23. 24

    I love the large photos, your photos are always gorgeous! Very inspiring!

  24. 25

    Great pictures! Love the new site!

  25. 26

    I don’t know what got me more.. the chocolate cupcakes or the use of nutella all over the place! These look fabulous.. I love a good cupcake!!

  26. 27

    I saw these at FoodBuzz and Twitter, thanks for sharing these look divine! You have fab pics, and great new site!

  27. 28

    I love that mini snap shots of the previous post. Love the new site design!! =) Woot hoo!

  28. 29

    Hi Paula =) Of course I follow you on FB =)

  29. 30

    Just posted on Twitter. xoxo!

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    Christy /

    Paula ~
    You are too cute. Thanks for the shoutout and I’m looking forward to designing for the lucky winner.

    BTW, for those who are curious … Cookie is my nickname and Paula has “Paula-ized” it by calling my Cookielicious. It kinda stuck.

  31. 32

    Love the new look… and the cupcakes! You know I’m always a big fan of all things Nutella 🙂

  32. 33

    Will you come and make me these cupcakes for my bday in January? Pretty please? I LOVE the new look. EVERY BIT of it. Can’t choose just one thing.

  33. 34

    I follow you on twitter!

  34. 35

    I follow the amazing Cookielicious on Twitter!

  35. 36

    Wow, those are some delicious and gorgeous looking cupcakes 🙂

  36. 37

    I subscribe to your RSS feed of course! Wouldn’t miss a word!

  37. 38

    I love the new look – it’s very fresh!! Congrats on the makeover! I really could use one myself. I mean my blog of course, ahem… 🙂 These cupcakes are gorgeous and I know they must be delicious too.

  38. 39

    You don’t need a giveaway when you get those cupcakes to be so FLUFFY!!! I love the simple, elegant logo and layout.

  39. 40

    Goodness – those are some gorgeous cupcakes! My favorite thing about your new look is the simplicity of the design – it lets your photos shine.

  40. 41

    I follow you on Facebook.

  41. 42

    I now follow Cookielicious on Twitter. How I need a new header for my blog!

  42. 43

    I follow you on Twitter and I tweeted about the giveaway.

  43. 44

    I love the clean and simple feel of your site, so beautiful.

  44. 45

    I subscribed to your RSS feed.

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    I’m following COOKIELICIOUS on TWITTER!

  46. 47

    I follow you on twitter and retweeted the give away!

  47. 48

    I love that the new site is so clean, Paula!

  48. 49

    I tweeted (@brittty)

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    I’m a fan on facebook!

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    I also read via RSS 🙂

  51. 52

    These look divine!

  52. 53

    I know this sounds super girly, but I love that your new site color is pink, haha!! I also love the boxes with the “recent from” headings. Cute idea!

  53. 54

    I follow you on Twitter (of course) and just tweeted! https://twitter.com/missionfood/status/21707991272

  54. 55

    I follow you on Facebook already 🙂

  55. 56

    I just followed COOKIELICIOUS on Twitter 🙂

  56. 57

    I subscribed to your feed!!

  57. 58

    Oh these look delicious! I love Bacio chocolates too!

  58. 59

    I love your blog no matter what, but I think the new design is much easier on the eyes to read!

  59. 60

    Lovely new site! And very cute looking cupcake.

  60. 61

    What can I use instead of Bacio chocolate?

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    Erin from Long Island /

    I love how simple and clean it looks!

  62. 63

    Follow bell?alimento on FACEBOOK

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    google reader subscriber

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    follow COOKIELICIOUS on Twitter

    @erunuevo

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    Carol from Chicago /

    Love the new look. The photography is crystal clear.
    I’m trying these yummie cupcakes later today…….how can I not!!!
    Keep those great recipes coming, many thanks.

  66. 68

    I think your new look is great! I like the open feeling and white background. 🙂

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    I follow you on Twitter!

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    I “like” you on Facebook. 🙂

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    I subscribe by email.

  70. 72

    LOVE your new look!! These nutella cupcakes are gorgeous and so worthy of a celebration. Cookielicous is so very talented, excellent giveaway!! xo

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    Stefanie /

    I love the easy way to share the posts!

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    Stefanie /

    I already subscribe to your feed!

  73. 75

    COOKIELICIOUS!

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    Lynae /

    Cookielicious!

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    Rosemary /

    “COOKIELICIOUS”

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    COOKIELICIOUS!

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    Cookielicious! I just shared on FB. These look delicious!

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    Shannon /

    Cookielicious!

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    Faye /

    I follow you on Facebook

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    Faye /

    COOKIELICIOUS

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    Faye /

    I subscribe to your feed-anything with nutella sounds great-these look amazing!

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    Cookielicious!

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    cookielicious

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    Darcy B /

    I love the new look everything is crystal clear and easier to read—one think that kind of annoys me (I probably just don’t know how to move it or get rid of it) –but the Box to share on twitter or facebook makes it really hard to read the page on my mini notebook–much less my phone.

  85. 89

    Love nutella, nom nom like it very much

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    cookielicious

  87. 91

    I love the new site and I can’t wait to try one of these cupcakes. I just happen to have jars (that’s right jars) of nutella on hand. I think I’m addicted 🙂
    Thanks for a great new recipe to try.

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    I already follow you on facebook

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    Following COOKIELICIOUS on twitter

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    Following you now on twitter

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    already getting the RSS feed

  92. 96

    also retweeted.

  93. 97

    I love the new look. 2 columns is great! white background just looks so clean!

    this is what i want my blog to look like when it grows up. 🙂

  94. 98

    Subscribed! I love the subscribe features on the side!

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    Felicia /

    Love the site, easier to read!

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    Felicia /

    Cookielicious!

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    Felicia /

    I follow you on Facebook!

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    Sarah Morris /

    Love the site style! Would love to see a comprehensive recipe page with lots of categories!

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    Sarah Morris /

    I’ve been following you on Twitter for ages! (I retweeted!)

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    Sarah Morris /

    And, I’ve been a facebook fan for awhile too!

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    Sarah Morris /

    Ditto with the RSS feed.

  102. 106

    Congratulations for your new style, i like it a lot, the blog looks awesome. The cupcakes looks amazing!

    Magi

  103. 107

    I love the site. It is so clean and fresh looking. I will be following you on twitter and facebook too!

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    Tracey Byram /

    The pages are easier to read and less busy looking. Also pages load quicker.

  105. 109

    wow, this top looks incredibly!

  106. 110

    I’m new to your site and I love it as it is! It’s so brite, cheery and concise! Maybe some more info on how you take such amazing photo shots! You make the food look absolutely delicious, I’m sure it is, but seems like I can taste the treats just by looking!
    Hugs, Sara

  107. 111

    I’m a folower and here’s my tweet (@whatisgood)
    http://twitter.com/whatisgood/status/23210995198

  108. 112

    I follow COOKIELICIOUS (@whatisgood is my handle)
    Sara

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