Turn the addictive Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread into a creamy frosting.
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
2oz.(60g.) regular cream cheese, room temperature
2oz.(4 Tbsp./60g.) unsalted butter, room temperature
1cup(120g.) powdered sugar
2Tbsp.unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2cup(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.