Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes

by Julie Ruble on July 5, 2009 · 15 comments

Ferrero Rocher are my absolute favorite candy.  They’re lovely, crunchy, chocolatey balls of hazelnut cream surrounding a whole hazelnut.  Mike isn’t a candy person at all, but he loves them as well.  There’s something about the chocolate, cream, and hazelnut combination that just melds in your mouth.


Best candy in the world!

Never content to just enjoy pleasant things as they are, I wanted to innovate with these babies. I decided (big surprise!) to try to create a Ferrero Rocher Cupcake.  I searched out a delicious chocolate cupcake recipe with the intention of poking a whole, frozen candy in the middle of it prior to baking.  The frosting, in an attempt to mimic the chocolate and hazelnut covered shell of the candy itself, was ganache with chopped hazelnuts.  And of course, I drove all the way to Michael’s to pick up some gold sprinkles to echo the candy’s bright gold wrapper.


Oh yeah! Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes!

The cupcakes are scrumptious — moist and rich chocolate cake surrounding the familiar Rocher goodness.  There were a few flaws.  The candy stuck to the bottom of the cupcake paper a bit, so a little of its chocolate coating gets left behind when you peel the paper off. I think freezing them for a full 30-45 minutes before baking (I froze mine for 15) would help.  (Edited to add:  after refrigerating overnight, the candy no longer sticks, and the flavors have melded even more — yummy!)

Also, the crispy shell of the Rocher candies absorbed moisture from the batter during baking and lost some of its crunch.  But all in all, despite some texture changes, I feel like this recipe was a success! I was pleased that the taste of the candy was maintained and worked well with the cupcake flavor.

This trial run also makes me think of other great cupcake ideas.  For instance, deconstructing the Rocher: it’d be nice to make a chocolate cupcake filled with hazelnut cream (mmm, nutella!) and chopped hazelnuts, and frosted with this same delicious ganache.  In fact, after posting, I went back and googled to see if anyone had thought of Rocher cupcakes.  Turns out they had;  I found some fun recipes!  In particular, I’d love to try these!  Mmm. There are also some great nutella swirl cupcake recipes I’ve seen floating around. Lots of possibilities! In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy these Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes.

Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes


Recipe By:

-Michelle (cupcakes)
-Alton Brown (ganache, tweaked)
-Ferrero Chocolates (they provide the chocolates, y’all!)

Yields: 24 cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:
2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
2 cups (500mL) sugar
1/2 cup (125mL) cocoa powder
2 teaspoons (10mL) baking soda
1 tsp (5mL) baking powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1 cup (250 mL) vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 cups (500 mL) of butter milk
2 teaspoons (10 mL) vanilla
24 Ferrero Rocher candies

Ganache Frosting Ingredients:
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped fine
8 ounces (1 cup) heavy cream
1/2 cup hazelnuts, finely chopped
gold sprinkles or edible gold leaf (optional)

Directions:

Cupcakes: Freeze 24 Ferrero Rocher candies for 30-45 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 degrees Celsius).

To make cupcakes, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together oil, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry, mixing well. Increase speed and beat for 2 minutes, until well combined. Spoon into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling halfway. Do not overfill, no matter how tempting! Plop one frozen candy into the middle of each cup of batter.


Oven time!

Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until tops are firm and toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for a few minutes, then transfer to rack and cool completely.

Ganache Frosting: Heat the heavy cream in a saucepan until just simmering (careful not to let it boil over). Pour the cream over the chopped chocolate in a heat-resistant bowl. Let sit for 2 minutes. Mix well until smooth. Add in finely chopped hazelnuts and mix. If ganache is too runny, let it cool for awhile until it’s at the appropriate consistency. Then, dip the tops of room temperature cupcakes into the ganache, letting excess drain for a few seconds before righting the cupcakes. Sprinkle gold sprinkles or lay a piece of edible gold leaf in the center of the cupcake for a decoration. Let cool completely.


The dipping and sprinkles station.


Lots of delicious candy-inspired cupcakes.


Bon Appétit!

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sweetie July 6, 2009 at 11:51 pm

this set came out great too! did you see these:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-red-deer/3585246598/

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Willow Bird Baking July 6, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Mmmm those look delicious! Such a pretty presentation.

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Nut-ella September 30, 2009 at 7:35 pm

They sound great . I think for the ganache frosting you could use Nutella. Ferreo makes Nutella and it is made of basically all the same ingredients that were used in the frosting. Just a thought. I am going to try to make these delicious sounding cupcakes.

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Arlene Nussbaumer December 10, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Just finished making Ferraro Rocher cupcakes, I wasn’t really happy with the results. I found the cake to be to light and fluffy for the chocolate inside. I admit I was looking for a denser cupcake like the ones I buy at Pie in the Sky Bakery in Mexico.

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Julie December 10, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Sorry, Arlene! Sounds like you were simply looking for something different than what was described here. I love the light, moist cake. Different strokes :)

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Arlene Nussbaumer December 10, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Hi Julie thanks for your reply, I had no complaint except that I was looking for a dense cupcake. My husband is not a chocolate lover loved your cupcakes. I am sure my grandchildren will too. I am now interested in your roast chicken and chicken panini sandwiches. I don’t own a panini grill but use my waffle iron with the griddle attachment. Works well to.

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Julie December 10, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Oh, those panini were just delicious. Hope you enjoy them! I really felt like drinking that gorgeous onion jam :)

Glad your husband enjoyed the cupcakes!

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Monica H March 23, 2010 at 12:48 am

I like the gold sprinkles on yours!

I think no matter how you make them if you throw all the flavors together they’re going to be good! Thanks for sending me the link to these.

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Julie March 23, 2010 at 6:48 am

I totally agree! It’s just a fantastic flavor combo!

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Frances September 13, 2011 at 11:00 am

Julie – I just wanted you to know that today, when I was stumped for a really light, moist chocolate cake recipe, I adapted this cupcake recipe to make THE most incredible chocolate cake.

Thank you for providing the original recipe!

Xxx
F

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking September 13, 2011 at 11:15 am

Hooray, I’m so glad to hear it!! Thanks, Frances!

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Ana January 6, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Despite not falling head-over-heels in love with these cupcakes when I made them…the chocolate cake itself is EXCELLENT and would make a really great go-to chocolate cake:)

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