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4.74 from 15 votes

Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting

Turn the addictive Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread into a creamy frosting.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef


  • 2 oz. (60g.) regular cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 oz. (4 Tbsp./60g.) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (120g.) powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (155g.) Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread


  • In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the beater attachment, combine the cream cheese and unsalted butter. Beat on high until smooth and light, about 5 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder to the bowl and mix on low until fully incorporated. Increase the speed to high and beat again until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the Nutella and mix on low, just until combined (do not overmix or the frosting will become grainy).
  • Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use. (If refrigerated, allow the frosting to soften a bit at room temperature before using.)


This recipe is easily doubled, which is a good idea if you will be frosting more than 12 cupcakes or want to use it on a cake or brownies.