Easy Nutella Buttercream Frosting Recipe 

March 24, 2022

Easy Nutella Buttercream Frosting Recipe 

I thought it was about time to put together a post dedicated to Nutella! If you all have been here a while, you know my love for peanut butter. It’s pretty hard to beat. But Nutella is definitely a close second, or maybe even a tie! If you and I share the same love for Nutella, you’ll love this easy Nutella buttercream frosting recipe. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be running to your cake mixer to test this recipe out! I hope you make some amazing cakes with this one. 

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I have two cakes that I’ve used this easy Nutella buttercream frosting recipe on with only a slight difference between the two to help accommodate the type of cake I baked. The first is my chocolate strawberry Nutella cake. Can you think of any better combination than strawberry and Nutella? This cake has a lot of rich elements to it (like the Nutella and buttercream frosting) so I used my dark chocolate cake recipe to help balance everything out. 

The second cake I paired with this Nutella buttercream frosting recipe is my banana Nutella s’mores cake. Doesn’t that sound amazing? I know the smores part may throw you off, but just trust me on this! I got the original inspiration from a friend who sent me a picture of her while camping. She was eating a Nutella and banana stuffed s’more. I started working on a cake recipe for this idea the very next day! 

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Easy Nutella Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Like I said earlier, there is a slight difference between the two recipes I used for the Nutella buttercream frosting on these two cakes. The main difference is for one I use full-fat sour cream and for the other, I use heavy whipping cream. Either one of these will work just fine, it’s just according to your preference. 

  • Powdered sugar 
  • Unsalted butter 
  • Nutella
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Hazelnut extract
  • Full-fat sour cream (or heavy whipping cream)

While Nutella has hazelnut as one of its ingredients, I like to add a tiny bit more hazelnut extract to make the flavor stand out. And pairing this with the pure vanilla extract is a really amazing flavor! You can check out the cake recipes I linked above to give you the measurements of each ingredient and how to make it with your cake!

dark chocolate cake with nutella buttercream frosting. www.cakebycourtney.com

How to Make the Easy Nutella Buttercream Frosting

Step 1: Combine the butter and Nutella and beat on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes.

Step 2: Add the sifted confectioners’ sugar, a little at a time until incorporated. Beat for another 2-3 minutes.

Step 3: Add remaining ingredients and beat for another two minutes, until light and fluffy. 

Step 4: Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a wooden spoon and mix by hand to stir out the air bubbles.

While this Nutella buttercream is best used right away, you can make it ahead of time and store it in your fridge if needed. Just make sure that when you do use it, it gets back to room temperature first and you re-beat it before applying it to your cake. 

Easy Nutella Buttercream Frosting Recipe

I can’t wait for you to try out this easy Nutella buttercream frosting recipe! It’d be so fun if you added your cake with this Nutella buttercream to your stories and tag me in it. You can find me @cakebycourtney. You can also follow me there for the best tips and tricks on all things cake!


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  1. the recipe does not show on this page! i looked 4 times, or 5, over and over, and unless i am just crazy, i don’t see it. please let me know where i can find it or if it’s here, i don’t know… hahaha. thanks for your help. nancy

    1. We are working on it! but you can find the recipe here


  2. Saleena Sheikh says:

    Is it necessary to add the hazelnut extract or can I miss it out?

    1. You can leave it out.

  3. Can cake be frosted in this nutella frosting and frozen for two days?

  4. The Carrot Apricot Cake recipe on page 283 lists a wrong page number for the white chocolate buttercream frosting. It’s listed as on page 61 but the recipe is on page 65.

  5. Can I substitute canned grapefruit juice for fresh when making the Grapefruit Poppyseed Cake?

    1. Thank you! We did catch that and have it updated in the new edition.

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