Nutella Frosting

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Rich and luscious Nutella Frosting will have you swooning! A basic buttercream with the addition of Nutella will complement all your favorite cakes. The recipe is so simple to and incredibly addicting.

Nutella frosting piped in a rose shape over the top of a cupcake.

I have a slow growing archive of frosting happening here! That’s not a bad thing though. There’s always room for more frosting.

Several months ago I decided to focus on testing and shooting some of my favorite frostings used on various cakes and cupcakes throughout my site then add them to their very own category.

This makes it much easier to find a great frosting when you’re looking for the perfect one to pair with that cake you just made.

I share this Nutella Frosting recipe a couple years ago on top of banana cupcakes. I suggest you print the recipe for banana Nutella cupcakes right now and get to baking. You won’t regret it!

The frosting is incredibly luscious. It’s full of chocolate hazelnut flavor and so silky smooth.

You only need four ingredients for today’s frosting – butter, Nutella, confectioners’ sugar, and a dash of salt. A little salt helps tone down the sweetness of the frosting. It’s magical.

Buttercream frosting with Nutella and cupcakes scattered on a white surface.

How to make Nutella Frosting

For this recipe to work properly, you’ll need to start with super soft butter. Typical I suggest letting it sit a room temperature for half an hour or so but today we’re letting it soften for at least an hour. An hour and a half is best!

Super soft butter will meld easier with the thick chocolate hazelnut spread. I also recommend beating the two together for at least two minutes. It should look silky smooth and shiny.

Once the butter and Nutella are well combined it’s time to add the salt and confectioners’ sugar. I like to add one cup of sugar at a time and mix it until it’s no longer powdery after each addition.

After adding the last bit of confectioners’ sugar turn the mixer up to medium-high speed and let it whip for two minutes. The frosting should become creamy and fluffy.

This consistency of the frosting is perfect for piping. It holds its shape nicely. Or it can also be spread over cakes with an offset spatula. Either way, this frosting won’t disappoint.

Nutella Buttercream Frosting swirled in a white bowl.

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Nutella Frosting

Rich and luscious Nutella Frosting will have you swooning! A basic buttercream with the addition of Nutella will complement all your favorite cakes. The recipe is so simple to and incredibly addicting.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword frosting, nutella buttercream
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yields 3 cups
Calories 272 kcal
Author Jen Sobjack


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar sifted
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or with an electric hand mixer, beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth. 

  2. Add the Nutella and salt. Continue to beat until incorporated, about 2 minutes.

  3. Add 1 cup of confectioner's sugar, beat on medium-low speed until most of the sugar is moistened. Add in the remaining sugar and beat on medium-low speed until the sugar is moistened. 

  4. Add the heavy cream and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Make ahead tip

  1. Frosting will keep for up to 4 days stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Let stand at room temperature to soften before use.

  2. Or it can be frozen for up to 3 months. When ready to use, place in the refrigerator overnight to thaw. Let stand at room temperature to soften before use.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

It's important to use very soft butter for this recipe. Set the butter out on the counter for at least 1 and 1/2 hours before using.

Nutrition Facts
Nutella Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 272
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional values here on my recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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  • Lee hernandez

    This recipe for the Nutella frosting is just what I have been looking for. Some time ago, my daughter and I were at a large grocery store and happenened upon the mark-down section. There were small jars of a spread that is made by Biscoff marked half off. My daughter was thrilled and I said, “What is it?” She said, “It’s divine!” When I asked what do you eat it with, she said, “A spoon!” Of course she was kidding and that wasn’t what I meant, but is was just divine! I’ve never seen it since, but now I don’t have to because you gave me this recipe. I bet yours is just as yummy!

  • Gabriela

    Hello I love the recipe, but i had a probem I overbeat the frosting,does anyone knows how can I fix it? Thanks.

  • Pam

    I think this is the BEST FROSTING I have EVER made! I could have literally eaten it from the bowl with a spoon. Everyone at the baby shower raved about how delicious the cupcakes were, and this frosting recipe has definitely moved to the top of my favorites! Thank you so much for a recipe that turned out perfectly and was perfectly delicious.

  • M. Hilly

    I had been playing around in search of the perfect Nutella frosting and have failed. I’m so happy I’ve found your recipe, and just in time for a birthday party! It was so creamy, smooth, and really nicely fluffy! I doubled the recipe for a three tier cake and have about 1/3 of it left which will go in the freezer.
    Wonderful recipe and so easy too! Thank you so much for sharing.