Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Nutella Buttons (and Concord Grape-Peanut Butter Buttons)

May 12, 2015 at 6:57 am | Posted in BCM, cakes & tortes, cupcakes, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 17 Comments
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nutella and PB-grape buttons

These adorable little two-bite Nutella Buttons (i.e., mini cupcakes) have a surprise hiding inside.  If you guessed a pocket of Nutella, you win!  And if you aren’t a fan of Nutella, or if you just feel like getting creative, it’s pretty easy to come up with other ideas for the hidden surprise.  Jam, peanut butter, ganche, flavored ganache, cookie butter….they’d all be good things to find in the middle of this yellow cake batter.  I did a mix– some filled were with Nutella and others were filled with concord grape jam that I made back in the fall.

I made half a recipe of the cake batter and just did it, whipped egg whites and all, by hand.  I used the optional almond extract, so the little cakes had a kind of marzipany taste to go along with their springy texture.  I split the batter up evenly between the Nutellas and the grape jams.  My buttons didn’t brown on top while baking, but they were done a minute or so early.

I topped my Nutella ones with a little of the milk chocolate ganache I have left from the super-delish Black-and-White Malted Icebox Cake I made last week.  (That reminds me, have you entered my Icebox Cakes BOOK GIVEAWAY yet??  If not, get on it!)  Then I wanted a little flair on top, but didn’t have any hazelnuts in my fridge nut drawer.  I did, however, have a single Ferrero Rocher candy, so I chopped up the crispy outside coating part (I scooped out and ate the center…mmm) and decorated with that.   The grape jam ones got dunked into a white chocolate and peanut butter glaze and sprinkled with some salty peanut bits on top.

Too cute, especially when you find a smile inside!

nutella and PB-grape buttons

For the recipe, see Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Your buttons look great. They were so lovely and did not last long in our house.

  2. Yours look great! Funny that you decorated with a chopped up Ferrero Rocher… Just now I was thinking I should have candied some hazelnuts. Oh well. Next time!

  3. Love your toppings for these-so cute!

  4. They’re so cute. I love the extra candy topping. And how nice of you to identify them with different toppings so there were no surprises when you bit in.

  5. Love the salty topping for the pb&j one – so delicious!

  6. They look delicious!

  7. It’s so kute 🙂

  8. A smile! I know! I totally thought the same thing! And your flavor combos are great!

  9. I love that you made 2 kinds. They look like they came out perfect.

  10. OK, these are so friggin’ cute! And I love the font on the photo! I’m sure if I had yours, I would have enjoyed them immensely.

  11. I loved that you mixed up the flavors! After eating 24 of these at my house, I’m in the mood for a little variety! (Just to be clear, I didn’t eat all 24 by myself!!)

  12. Your buttons are gorgeous!! Little works of art.

  13. So pretty!

  14. So cute!!! And who doesn’t love ANYTHING to do with Nutella!

  15. these look so cute!!! *v*

  16. yummy ^^

  17. beautiful!

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