Intense Ferrero Rocher chocolate cupcakes

We're not sure if you've heard yet but there has been some pretty amazing news about chocolate. 

According to a study carried out by German researchers and published in the International Archives of Medicine, chocolate can actually help us to lose weight – not hinder it. Best. New. Ever. 

Research director, Johannes Bohannon explained the results of their study, saying: “It is not enough to just consume chocolate, but in combination with exercise and reduction in carbohydrates, our data indicate that chocolate can be a weight loss accelerator."

To celebrate this life changing news, we've decided to celebrate – with chocolate, of course. 

What you'll need:

For the cupcakes:

  • 110g self-raising flour
  • 110g butter at room temperature
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 12 Ferrero Rocher
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of salt

For the frosting:

  • 110g butter, softened
  • 110g icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp. Nutella​

What you'll need to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a cupcake tin with 12 muffin liners. 
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together before beating the eggs in and sifting in the cocoa, flour and salt. Combine until mixed throughout but don't overwork the mixture. 
  3. Pour the chocolate mixture between the muffin liners and fill about a fourth of the way to allow for rising. 
  4. Place a single Ferrero Rocher into the middle of each muffin liner. 
  5. Bake for about 20-25mins or until a knife comes out clean. 
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before icing.
  7. For the frosting simply combine the ingredients into a bowl and ice each cupcake.