Great British Bake Off’s Holly Bell teams up with KitchenAid


Holly in action, baking another batch of cupcakes!As we have a fantastic range of shows from KitchenAid coming up on Tuesday 24th September, we thought we'd get you in the mood by giving you a little taste of the type of yummy recipes you could whip up with one of these classic retro-style mixers!

The idea of something sweet seemed particularly tempting in this horrid weather, so we caught up with baking expert Holly Bell, runner-up on the 2011 Great British Bake Off TV program and the face of KitchenAid, to share one of her favourite baking recipes.

So without further ado, here is Holly's delicious chocolate and hazlenut cupcake recipe – sure to be a favourite with friends and family alike!

Chocolate hazelnut cupcakes with Nutella buttercream

Hazelnuts are the ultimate taste of autumn for me. They even look the part – all brown and wholesome and perfectly at home amongst orange and umber leaves ripe for kicking. The humble hazelnut really comes into her own when roasted. For me, the difference in taste is so huge the unroasted hazelnut seems unworthy of baking with.

This recipe demands roasted hazelnuts – if you can’t buy them ready roasted simply gently heat in a dry frying pan. Keep an eye on them though as they go from toasted to burnt in seconds. And remove from the pan once they’ve browned – hot pans carry on cooking!

These sweet treats freshly made!These cupcakes were a happy accident, what happens when a tub of crème fraiche is begging to be used up. And what a happy accident! The chocolate sponge is dense and moist without feeling too heavy. The sponge holds little surprise studs of roasted hazelnut and the icing – well the icing is possibly my favourite thing to have been mixed with my trusty KitchenAid this year!

It’s sweet without being saccharine, it’s light and creamy – and as for the taste… it's the perfect combination of chocolate and hazelnut without any grittiness. Enjoy! 


  • 170g soft salted butter
  • 140g dark muscovado sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 250g crème fraiche
  • 150g plain flour
  • 50g cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100g chopped roasted hazelnuts

For the icing:

  • 230g salted butter, soft
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 150g Nutella
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 30mls double cream
  • 12 whole hazelnuts, skinless and roasted or chocolate curls to decorate

Method (makes 12)
Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark four. Line a 12 hole cupcake tin with cases. Beat the butter in your KitchenAid with the flat beater until really soft and creamy looking, about four minutes. Alternatively beat by hand for longer. Add the sugar and cream until well combined – another three minutes in the stand mixer. Beat the eggs and then add dribble by dribble, beating well after each addition. If the mixture curdles add a little of the flour.
A feast for the eye and the tastebuds!Beat in the crème fraiche, then sieve the flour, cocoa, baking powder and hazelnuts over the top and fold into the mixture. Divide between the cupcake cases and bake for 25 – 30 minutes until a skewer comes out of the cakes clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Beat the butter for the icing until soft and creamy using the flat beater in your KitchenAid or a wooden spoon by hand. Add the icing sugar 1 tbsp at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the Nutella and beat again, then the extract and cream. Beat for a further three minutes on the highest speed to ensure a really light and creamy icing.

Pipe onto completely cooled cupcakes using a Wilton 1M nozzle or spread with a knife, and top with some chocolate curls or a roasted, skinless hazelnut. Done!

Check out Holly's fab blog 

Follow Holly on twitter at: @HollyBellMummy 

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  1. Mrs Liz Reynolds September 20, 2013 at 8:54 am -  Reply

    I have been using Nutella for years as filling for chocolate cakes and tarts… it’s great! I shall try the crème fraiche next time I bake.

  2. Maureen Swindells September 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Holly, will try this recipe it sounds scrummy. Made your melting moment mince pies last year. Wow they were a great hit with all the family. Best I have ever made.

  3. Jean September 24, 2013 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Holly,
    Looking forward to trying your cup cake recipe, sounds delicious. I shall of course be using my fantastic Kitchen Aid Mixer, what a super mixer, makes cooking so easy, and the cakes etc are so light when baked.
    I have the Kitchen Aid Toaster and have just treated myself to the processor, looking forward to doing lots with that.
    Keep up the good work with your baking and will be looking out for some more of your super recipes.
    Jean X

  4. Brenda September 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    look forward to a recipe without nuts please :)

  5. Sonia September 24, 2013 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    I made these at the weekend (using my kitchen aid) and they were a big hit! Will definitely make these again. Thanks for the recipe Holly

  6. Wendy September 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Holly, a most delicious recipe. Even my husband, who doesnt have a big sweet tooth, came back for more. They turned out a treat even though I sadly dont have a Kitchen Aid mixer (or even a hand whisk for that matter as it blew up!) so I made them all by hand. Happy I have now found your blog so will be trying some of your other recipes!

  7. Jean Daly September 24, 2013 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Holly,
    Just read previous comment, would love recipe for melting moment mince pies please. Am going to try cup cakes this weekend.

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