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A year of blogging and Nutella cupcakes!

September 23, 2008
Today I complete one year of being a part of the blogosphere (yay me!). I started off hoping to use as a place where I could collect my recipes and keep track of my cooking and baking experiments. Little did I know that a year down the line, the blog would mean a lot more than that. In many ways.

Blogging has changed how I cook.
I don’t cook the same things that often because otherwise I won’t be able to blog about it. Whenever I cook or bake something I immediately start picturing the photo set in my head, the colours and textures of the background, the props and accessories. I also don’t shop in sets anymore, I keep picking up crockery and anything that looks interesting and would make a pretty picture. Mats, doilys, handmade paper – anything! This is something that would be every food bloggers dream.

Blogging has changed how I interact with people.
I’ve met so many wonderful people, and they’re actually real! :D This was something I definitely wasn’t expecting, and that’s why I began with a pseudonym, Coco, but now I don’t see the need for it (I’m slowly trying to phase it out).
Blogging has helped me learn some technology!
I know the importance of a page rank and I’ve learnt some CSS tweaks along the way. From taking pics with my camera phone to actually investing in a Canon A570 (not reached a dSLR yet), I’ve now got a growing interest in photography.

Blogging has connected me to the Universe.
I’d never think I’d get a parcel from someone I never knew and send a bunch of Indian goodies halfway across the world! I joined the Daring Bakers in churning out some absolutely delicious treats – something I probably wouldn’t have followed through on my own.

I’m so happy I started blogging, it keep me connected with what I’m extremely passionate about. How has food blogging changed you?

Now it’s time for some food fun. I’m a big fan of Nutella and I really wanted to incorporate it into a cake so I whipped up this recipe and what I got was some wonderfully moist, luscious and decadent Banana & Nutella Cupcakes. I can’t stop gushing about how extremely moist and soft these turned out to be. You have got to try this!

Nutella Banana Cupcakes

(yield – 12 cupcakes)

125g/4.5oz / 1/2 cup butter (a tad more than a stick) butter, softened
100g/3.5oz. / 1/2 cup sugar, powdered
2 eggs
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
100g/3.5oz./ 1/2 cup Nutella
4 tablespoon cocoa powder, sifted
2 tsp baking soda
200g/7oz./ 1 1/2 cup flour
100ml/3.5 fl oz. / 1/2 cup hot milk
fun decorations if you’d like to dress it up
More Nutella for the glaze

  1. Beat the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs on at a time. Next, add the mashed bananas and nutella. Beat a little more. Add in the cocoa powder.
  2. Sift together the baking soda and the flour. Add this to the banana mixture.
  3. Pour over the hot milk. Beat it together one last time.
  4. Grease a muffin pan and pour in the batter. Fill to the top if you’d like big nutella cupcakes.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F or 180°C for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Let it completely cool, after which spread a generous layer of Nutella. Don’t be shy. ;-)
  7. Decorate as you’d like.

Variations: Stir in chocolate chips or top it with some hazelnuts for a some crunch. I’m telling you, this nutella cupcake recipe is a must try. You will love it!

Here are some other must-try Nutella Recipes:

Banana & Nutella Crepe
Nutella Cookies
Nutella Pop Tarts from Scratch!
Hazelnut Shortbread


  • Reply Teena in Toronto September 23, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    They look delish!

    Happy blogoversary!

  • Reply Shaheen September 23, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Thank you so much Teena in Toronto! :)

    • Reply neeti January 29, 2011 at 1:10 PM

      hi … i love going through your purple foodie blog ..i have a question where do u get the small sugar flower decorations for these cupcakes ? i belong to new delhi and here there is no market for these things :( plzzzzzzz help plzzzzzz

      • Reply The Purple Foodie January 29, 2011 at 1:18 PM

        Got these from the US. Sorry I can’t help.

        • Reply Bhavna May 5, 2011 at 8:16 PM

          @ Neeti – I’ve seen these at Morning store in GK M Block – Modern Bazaar in Vasant Vihar/ Select City Walk might also have them..

  • Reply kellypea September 23, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    Happy Bloggoversary! I completely agree with what you’ve experienced. Who knew, right? I’m grinning ear to ear right now. I hear people say that those I’ve met blogging are “imaginary” or “invisible” but to me, they’re just friends. They make my day just like the friends I see and have known for years. So cheers, right? Those cupcakes are looking luscious and humongous. Can you believe I still haven’t tried Nutella? Got to get on the ball…

  • Reply Avi September 24, 2008 at 1:31 AM

    Woah! Seen you come a long way… Congratulations!

    I’m still waiting to try some of this stuff, y’know :)

  • Reply Cynthia September 24, 2008 at 5:55 AM

    Congratulations. And thanks for sharing how things are for you since blogging.

  • Reply Heather September 24, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    looks yummy! congrats on your 1 year!

  • Reply Brilynn September 24, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Congrats on a year of blogging!
    I definitely agree with what you’ve written too, there are so many things I didn’t expect when I started and I can’t believe I’m still writing mine over 2 years later.

  • Reply Maneesh September 24, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    It’s really been a year? wow
    congrats and the cupcake looks delicious! :)

  • Reply Jerry September 24, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Happy Bloggiversary! The one year mark is really something special!

  • Reply Rachel September 24, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Congrtas on 1 year….and the cupcakes are decadent….

  • Reply arjwiz September 24, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Congratulations on the year – it has been a great year of informative and delicious foods. Great way to celebrate with these decadent cupcakes!

  • Reply Aparna September 24, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Congratulations and a Happy Blog Anniversary. Chocolate is the way to go for celebrations as far as I’m concerned.
    My blog is nearing its 1st year of existence and the last year has been very interesting.

  • Reply Shaheen September 24, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Kellypea: I love the guys I’ve met over time. It’s so much fun to meet people who share the same interests. Twttier for one is such a fun way of keeping in touch. I am still dreaming of your peach and blueberry galettes. :D Wow, you still haven’t tried Nutella? You just have to!

    Avi: thanks. Hehe I so need to make a batch of brownies for work. It’s long overdue.

    Cynthia: Thank you for all your wishes and stopping by ever so often. Love to have you over!

    Heather: thank you so much! :)

    Brilynn: I’m so happy with how things turned out. Love coming home to my blog after a day at work!

    Maneesh: Yea, I know! It’s been a fun ride.

    Rachel: Thank you!

    Jerry: Thanks for you wishes.

    Arjwiz: Thank you! You know you’re instrumental in making the blog what it is. Thanks for all your critical views about my posts.

    Aparna: Thank you Aparna! I can’t stop feeling happy about how wonderful blogging has been for me.

  • Reply Sunita September 25, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Wonderful! Bet you feel so special with this post.
    OMG, Nutella and cupcakes…. can it get more sinful?! I’ve just got to try this one.
    Just one problem though… how do I hide the Nutella long enough to make this? Yep, we’re major fans of Nutella in my home.

  • Reply Shaheen September 26, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    sunita: Thanks! It does feel great. Haven’t met a person who isn’t a fan of Nutella. Let me know how the cupcakes turn out for you!

  • Reply Andrea Meyers September 28, 2008 at 1:19 AM

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! Those cupcakes look absolutely decadent. Wow.

  • Reply giz October 2, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    tried these last night – they were unbelievably smooth, moist and soft . . .great recipe! i think i need more nutella icing .. .

  • Reply Shaheen October 2, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Oh Giz, I’m so happy you liked them! No amount of Nutella is ever enough, is it? Hehe

  • Reply plutosangel October 30, 2008 at 1:50 AM

    Hey coco you have a great blog here.. and oh yes happy blogoversary! btw the cupcakes look fab! I will try them as soon as I restock on nutella :)

  • Reply Shaheen November 1, 2008 at 9:00 AM

    Thank you plutosanngel and thanks for the wishes! You must try these. Let me know how they turned out for you! :D

  • Reply Happy Cook November 20, 2008 at 11:41 PM

    Congragulations and beautiful nutelle cup cake.

  • Reply Arundathi April 5, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    they really look to-die-for! :-) and nutella makes everything better!

  • Reply Quinn March 27, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    I am often comparing recipes and searching for reliable sources and ever since I tried your red velvet cupcake recipe (with that OH SO YUMMY icing) I have found a trustworthy source. And I THANK YOU.

    For this recipe, is there anyway that I can get the OZ measurement in… CUP form? Hope it's not too much trouble. None the less, thank you again! :D

  • Reply The Purple Foodie March 27, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    Hey Quinn! I've added the cup measurements.. let me know how it turns out. happy baking!

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  • Reply char June 17, 2010 at 12:57 AM

    Hi !!!
    your entries are lovely,… happy to read them…
    Can you tell me what if i jus t omit the eggs will it be fine? or do I add something else? alsoooooo , where did you get these lovely tiny flowers to garnish t he cupcakes from?

  • Reply Neeta June 29, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    where do you get nutella and the tiny flower decorations in Bombay?

  • Reply The Purple Foodie June 29, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    Hi Neeta and Char, I got the tiny flowers from London. For Nutella and other such ingredients, please have a look at Baking in Bombay.

  • Reply Neeta July 2, 2010 at 8:39 AM

    Hey,you get Nutella in D’mart too.I got frm there.Thanks

  • Reply Alpana August 28, 2010 at 3:01 AM

    Hi Shaheen! I love the name of your blog. And your nutella cupcakes are oh so yummy. Me & my kids are a big fan of nutella. A BIG Thanks for giving the measurements in oz & cups. Very easy for me to follow.

    Keep the good work!!

  • Reply Khushbu January 14, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Congratualtions on the “Big 1” Shaheen. Wishing you many more blogilicious years! :)

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  • Reply Monika March 3, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    tried a little variation of these here

    yummm they wee

  • Reply Becca J August 18, 2011 at 4:13 AM

    These are super RAD! Thank You so much!

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  • Reply Sarita April 4, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Hi Shaheen!
    Its been many years since this post. This celebration seems tiny in the face of all that’s happened since then!!!
    I baked these today. I tripled the recipe coz I wanted to give them to some relatives.
    Inspite of following the recipe measurements exactly, my cupcakes turned out dry and tasting of soda. I dunno what went wrong or what I can do to fix it. I have enough batter for almost 30 cupcakes!!!
    Please help!

    • Reply The Purple Foodie April 9, 2012 at 1:59 AM

      Oh dear, that’s awful. I have never ended up with cakes tasting of soda so this is quite surprising. I really don’t know what you could do with the remaining dough, because unlike cooking, once everything is together, it’s hard to alter things.

  • Reply Rupali August 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Hi! A general question. When u mention butter for any cake, can we use Amul butter or does it have to white unsalted butter like the one we can make at home? Thanks.

    • Reply The Purple Foodie August 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      You can use Amul for all the recipes. Just cut out the salt (in case the recipe calls for it). I always used Amul when I was in Bombay.

  • Reply Rupali August 13, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Hey, Thanks a lot for the prompt reply..Do you have a recipe for red velvet cupcakes? With buttercream frosting.. thanks!

  • Reply Veera M March 21, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Hey shaheen, im thinking of attempting this for a dinner party at my place this week.. just wanted to check – can i do this as one big cake instead of individual cipcakes? will the baking time differ? Thanks!

    • Reply Shaheen March 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      Hey Veera, You can make this as a big cake, but the baking time will increase. Just keep checking with a wooden skewer…

  • Reply vandita April 4, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Wanted to know one thing ….I have a morphy richards 28l otg…I face a problem many a times with larger quantity y of cake/cupcake/muffin. One cant keep two pans together. So is it ok to leave one pan ut till the other bkakes. Here it says 12 cupcakes..I cant keep them together. Will this affect the quality???

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