Coconut Nutella Cupcakes

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I’ve been married for seventeen years and have been friends with my husband for nearly 21 years. I married my best friend… Something I highly recommend.

There were plenty of boys that crossed my path, prior to hubby, that made the hair on the back on my neck stand up. But they weren’t the sort of boys that I could joke with, talk with, or really be myself with. Lt. Dan was (is) a keeper. He has a special gift for making my heart thump, and making me laugh to the point of snorting, in the same conversation.

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There are countless thoughts I could share about marriage. Seventeen years doesn’t make a person an expert, but it does give you plenty of time for trial and error.

One thing I can tell you that has made our relationship a happy union, is that we honestly try to prefer the other person. I try not to push him into giving me my way and he doesn’t push me either. This took some practice, because after all, humanity is selfish by nature.

Yet real love is looking beyond your own feelings and desires.

I let hubs have his way (most of the time) and he does the same for me. It works!

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When you know someone else has your best interest in mind, and isn’t trying to manipulate and maneuver to get their own way, you can let your guard down. You can trust.

In our house, a cupcake is the perfect example of this sort of sacrificial love. If I were making dessert for myself, I would always bake a cake with rich layers of decedent fillings stacked high.

Yet I try to prefer hubby as often as possible, so we have cupcakes most of the time. Lt. Dan swears a cupcake tastes better… Even if they are made with the same batter and frosting as a layer cake.

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So these Coconut Nutella Cupcakes are for my sweetheart, made with one of his favorite flavor combinations, coconut and chocolate.

These ultra light coconut cupcakes, are delicately folded for an elegant airy quality. Then each mini cupcake is crested with a dollop of Nutella. I could have easily made chocolate frosting, but why would I do that when I can frost with Nutella?

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Cupcakes make Lt. Dan happy, which makes me happy. Coconut Nutella Cupcakes for the win!

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86 comments on “Coconut Nutella Cupcakes

  1. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted April 10, 2011 at 9:00 pm Reply

    I love that expression: “Cup cake therapy”. It will replace “marriage counseling” pretty soon, starting in Asheville and spreading across the nation! It will be much more effective as well.
    My husband is not a big dessert fan, but as soon Nutella is involved he can’t resist. He will eat it in cupcakes, cookies or a cake. I have to bake these cupcakes for him. Thanks, Sommer.

  2. elle marieposted April 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm Reply

    These are absolutely adorable… I agree..”cup cake therapy” can be a very good thing. Would you know that I’ve only dabbled into Nutella a few times.. I’m still a Nutella newbie.

  3. Blog is the New Blackposted April 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm Reply

    This flavor combo is right up my alley… except I can’t keep a jar of Nutella in the house because I eat it in one sitting!

  4. Gwen~healthymammaposted April 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm Reply

    You know what? What. ;) Now that you mention it, I think cupcakes do taste better than cake. Huh. Weird. I could totally live without cake, but cupcakes make me happy. Now. I happen to not like chocolate either (wait, don’t hang up!) I do however, l.o.v.e. Nutella. to bits! In fact, in an effort to keep the chubs under control {getting ridiculously harder in my 30’s} I have had to skip past any and all Nutella recipes lately. This one is so absolutely and positively perfect however, that I have to give you a big cyber kiss!
    love the coconut. will have to make these babies.

  5. Baking Serendipityposted April 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm Reply

    Cupcake therapy sounds fantastic to me :) How sweet of you to make your husband’s favorite!

  6. Cookin' Canuckposted April 10, 2011 at 9:58 pm Reply

    What a sweet post about your husband. I’m sure he appreciated these pretty cupcakes. Nutella and coconut sounds like a fantastic combination to me.

  7. Monetposted April 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm Reply

    You and your sweetheart deserve many more years of love and happiness. As a recently married woman, I enjoyed hearing your meditations on what has made your relationship last. And of course…I’m happy with cupcakes :-) Thank you for infusing your posts with your kind spirit, your thoughtful words, and your beautiful photographs. Even in the midst of sadness, I find such solace visiting the blogs that I’ve grown to love this past year. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week, my friend. A big hug from Austin!

  8. Saraposted April 10, 2011 at 11:08 pm Reply

    I also try to prefer hubby when I bake…also because in that way I don’t end up having to eat a whole batch of cupcakes or scones by myself lol! We do have some pretty different tastes when it comes to food, deriving in part from being grown up in two different continents. But I have been able to make both happy. Isn’t that a nice feeling? See, these cupcakes will make both happy! thanks for sharing

  9. Belinda @zomppaposted April 10, 2011 at 11:10 pm Reply

    So sweet – wonderful words of wisdom. Noted!! And these sweet things are such a way to honor your wonderful marriage & friendship.

  10. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchenposted April 10, 2011 at 11:32 pm Reply

    I love love love this post! I agree with you – hubs and I have been married 10 years and together for 15 (highschool sweethearts) aww. He truly is my best friend and we laugh with eachother every day. I don’t think cupcakes is too bad of a “compromise!” lol :)

  11. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted April 11, 2011 at 1:24 am Reply

    I totally agree with you, cupcake therapy is the best kind of therapy! Everything you said is so true, every good relationship is a balance of give and take each person looking out for the best interests of the other. It’s a great feeling to know that someone’s always got your back.

  12. Katarinaposted April 11, 2011 at 2:53 am Reply

    These are so adorable!

  13. Pudding Pie Laneposted April 11, 2011 at 3:06 am Reply

    That’s so lovely, I wish I will someday find some one like you have, and bake cakes for!

    Also, I agree – nutella all the way. These cakes look amazing, especially with the combination of coconut on top :)

    p.s. you have a really nice fancy electric whisk, I’m jealous ;)

  14. Dishes of Mrs. Fishposted April 11, 2011 at 4:09 am Reply

    I love this flavor combination, but my husband hates things with coconut! Sad day! :(

  15. claudia lamascoloposted April 11, 2011 at 4:37 am Reply

    Just the thought of these two flavors is heaven a must try for me!

  16. Nisrine M.posted April 11, 2011 at 4:56 am Reply

    Oh yum. How have I never thought of frosting my cupcakes with Nutella! I have been missing out. Pretty pictures too, Sommer.

  17. Rachelposted April 11, 2011 at 5:15 am Reply

    These look awesome, Sommer! Jamie isn’t a huge coconut fan, but I bet even he would gobble these up! :) Thanks for the great recipes and the great life stories and encouragement.

  18. fooddreamerposted April 11, 2011 at 5:45 am Reply

    Cupcake therapy as marriage therapy…I like it! And these little guys would certainly make me happy too.

  19. Joyposted April 11, 2011 at 6:15 am Reply

    You certainly did make a sacrifice, didn’t you? Lovely cupcakes and I love your views on marriage. It really is true, marrying your best friend is the best thing you can do – I did it and even though he drives me crazy I couldn’t possibly be with anyone else. Who else would put up with my jokes or hide chocolate around the house for me? That’s love.

  20. RLV @ bittensweetblog.composted April 11, 2011 at 8:41 am Reply

    aw, sounds like you’ve got a very sweet hubby! hehe.

    and i’m definitely going to be making this soon! thanks for the recipe! :)

  21. Celiaposted April 11, 2011 at 9:26 am Reply

    What lovely cupcakes, and good relationship advice!

  22. Squash Blossom Babiesposted April 11, 2011 at 9:31 am Reply

    This is SO great!!!

  23. RavieNomNomsposted April 11, 2011 at 9:54 am Reply

    What a sweet post! I really love those cupcakes too…they are just simply amazing. I think my neighbor at work was seriously debating if he needed to call someone as I tried to reach into my screen and grab one of those beauties. Delicious!

  24. Jamielynposted April 11, 2011 at 9:58 am Reply

    Just found you via Stumble Upon! These look amazing!! Thanks for sharing. I’m going to stumble this… they look so yummy!

  25. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted April 11, 2011 at 10:21 am Reply

    Lovely thoughts about marriage. My husband will come in and see that I’m baking something and he’ll ask who are you giving that too? When I tell him I made it just for him, he feels loved. Men love a woman to bake for them – or at least mine does. And … your cupcakes are awesome! Nutella on everything, that’s my motto :)

  26. Fresh and Foodieposted April 11, 2011 at 10:31 am Reply

    Lovely post — congrats on your 12 years! I feel very blessed to have married my best friend, too.

    I love these cupcakes! Two of my favorite flavors, that’s for sure.

  27. [email protected]posted April 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm Reply

    Haha, well, if cupcakes are the compromise that makes for a happy marriage, I think my husband and I will have a long and happy partnership!. These look yummy!

  28. 5 Star Foodieposted April 11, 2011 at 11:54 am Reply

    oh, those are the cutest cupcakes ever! And they sound so good with coconut flavor and the nutella on top, perfect!

  29. carolinaheartstringsposted April 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm Reply

    Wonderful post. Great recipe. Amazing pictures. Loved it all.

  30. Medifast Couponposted April 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm Reply

    We are lucky ladies, I also married my best friend and we have been together over 20 years and been friends for over 30, and I couldn’t imagine a day without him. I love making him treats and a nice dinner as often as I am able. You have hit on two of his favorite things (well other than me) chocolate and coconut. Can’t wait to make a batch of these cupcakes to share, thanks so much and keep up the great work.

  31. Angie's Recipesposted April 11, 2011 at 1:09 pm Reply

    Coconut and nutella…you have placed two my favourite ingredients in one cupcake! How could I not loving this!

  32. Maris (In Good Taste)posted April 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm Reply

    I love this post. It actually brought a tear to my eye! Very sweet! Your husband has good taste-delicious cupcakes!

  33. Gabrielle von Heykingposted April 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm Reply

    Sommer!! These look amazing, cupcakes + nutella= two of the things I love most! I will have to try this recipe asap.

  34. briarroseposted April 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm Reply

    What a sweet post. :)

    I will always go for the layer cake before cupcakes…I think it has something to do with getting more frosting/filling….though I have never turned away a cupcake…ehehehe.

    Beautiful cupcakes. You cannot go wrong with Nutella and coconut.

  35. thatshowirollposted April 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm Reply

    What a great way to celebrate your marriage with your sweetheart’s favorite flavors. He surely are grateful to have such a talented and dedicated wife. Sweet sweet post, congratulations, both on your marriage and your delicious cupcakes. :)

  36. Kankanaposted April 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm Reply

    I married my best friend :) It’s been 4 years of friendship and 1 year of marriage and even today I feel like it’s our first few days .. you know what i mean :)
    These cup cakes looks super yummy and soft and moist. Love the clicks. My hubby too like the flavor combination of coconut and chocolate (only white chocolate). I am sure he will enjoy this treat!
    Hope you both have many more such beautiful years ahead XOXO

  37. Pachecopattyposted April 11, 2011 at 3:01 pm Reply

    Beautiful cupcakes, I think you’re on to something really good here with the Nutella and coconut combo;-)
    Congratulations on your marriage and all the things, like cupcakes, you enjoy together;-)

  38. Stellaposted April 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm Reply

    Hey Sommer, you are so sweet and full of wisdom, as well as good reminders I must say;-) Ooh, and I just came over here to say hi to you, but now I’m totally going to make some cupcakes. These look so delicious-the color is so yellow and pretty. I need to look at the ingredients more closely and see how you did that…
    p.s. Me is okay-so busy lately though…
    p.s.s. I need to look at that edamame salad post!

  39. torviewtorontoposted April 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm Reply

    delicious cake looks soft and flavourful

  40. Victoriaposted April 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm Reply

    You’re absolutely right, why make chocolate frosting when you can use Nutella? Although I’m not married, I can see how this give and take is important. I’m sure making cupcakes vs. cake isn’t a huge sacrifice though ;-) You’re a good wife, haha.

  41. Jenposted April 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm Reply

    Yummm these cupcakes look delish!

  42. [email protected]posted April 11, 2011 at 10:52 pm Reply

    Oh I love this post!! Very sweet!
    Shoot…I’d stay married to someone for 100 years if they cooked the way you cook!! ;-))

    Nutella and coconut… they can both make my heart sing… YUMMY!

  43. dakshaposted April 12, 2011 at 2:03 am Reply

    Nutella with coconut great combo mouthwatering cupcakes. Congrets to top 9!

  44. [email protected]'s Kitchenposted April 12, 2011 at 3:00 am Reply

    Well done for making it to Top 9! Your husband’s a lucky fella to have you, he can have his Nutella coconut cupcake and eat it too!

  45. Chef Dennisposted April 12, 2011 at 3:27 am Reply

    Hi Sommer

    I think your cupcake therapy should make it to Dr. Phil, what a great perspective on life, I can see why you have such a wonderful relationship, here is wishing you many more years, filled with countless cupcakes!

    Congrats on your top 9 today my friend!

  46. Emily @Cleanlinessposted April 12, 2011 at 8:05 am Reply

    Your comments on true love and a working marriage are spot on!

    These cupcakes are darling.

  47. Cherylposted April 12, 2011 at 9:19 am Reply

    Question: Do you use sweetened or un-sweetened coconut? And, these cupcakes look yummy..we’re huge nutella fans!

    • Sommerposted April 12, 2011 at 9:30 am Reply

      Hi Cheryl~

      I used sweetened, but you really could use either. :)

  48. Cristinaposted April 12, 2011 at 9:20 am Reply

    Hi Sommer: These coconut nutella cupcakes turned out so pretty and what a great flavor combination! Congrats on the Top 9 today! =)

  49. Steve @ HPDposted April 12, 2011 at 9:21 am Reply

    There are lots of hazelnut spreads out there, and some are organic and some are local and some come in fancier jars … but I keep coming back to good old reliable Nutella. Cheers!

  50. Steve @ HPDposted April 12, 2011 at 9:22 am Reply

    Congrats, by the way, on twelve years. M & I hit thirteen this year, and one thing we’ve noticed lately is that we occasionally find an old shirt or old tool or old something and find ourselves saying, “Geez, this is old … I got this … before I met you even!”

  51. C.j. Miyaposted April 12, 2011 at 10:18 am Reply

    My mouth is watering just looking at these!!! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks!!!

  52. Lindaposted April 12, 2011 at 10:22 am Reply

    Your post made me smile, what a sweet and wonderful couple you both are. And these cupcakes are just as sweet looking as I bet they are in taste!

  53. Kristenposted April 12, 2011 at 10:26 am Reply

    My husband is just the opposite…for some reason a tall decadent cake tastes better to him than cupcakes…made with the same batter! I agree about the give and take of marriage, though. It’s much better to think of the other person in a marriage than ourselves.

  54. Hester Casey - Alchemyposted April 12, 2011 at 11:07 am Reply

    Very cute post. I think you should issue every marriage guidance counsellor with your words of wisdom, and this cupcake recipe for success!

  55. Priscillaposted April 12, 2011 at 11:41 am Reply

    What a sweet post – pun intended :) Congrats on 12 years and making you man happy with cupcakes. It’s so cute that he prefers cupcakes – ok, he probably doesn’t want to think its cute, so lets say, unique! I’ll take 2 for today, as the doctor ordered. Coconut is my fave – so maybe 2 for tomorrow, too.

  56. Junia @ Mis Pensamientosposted April 12, 2011 at 11:45 am Reply

    oh my, i love reading love stories! this was sooo beautiful! thanks for sharing the cupcake recipe + love story together! that made this blog post sooo sweet :).

  57. The Mistress of Spicesposted April 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm Reply

    OMG…coconut AND Nutella in one recipe, and in cupcakes no less…these sound divine! I can’t wait to make them! Congrats on the almost 12 years of marriage and thanks for your thoughts on how to make it work. I’ve only been married for a little over a year now but I am also learning the value of letting him get his way and not being as stubborn as I probably am by nature – a big change for me, but a great one! So glad to know that I’m on the right track :-) And I totally support the idea of cupcake therapy!

  58. [email protected]posted April 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm Reply

    Nutella + Coconut = Heaven

    Lovely post and congrats on being featured on Tasty Kitchen!

  59. Peggyposted April 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm Reply

    I better not bring up the term ‘cupcake therapy’ to Andy. He’ll have me baking those cupcakes all day long – and our wastelines will hate us! But I totally get what you mean, and this post definitely made me smile! =)

  60. Nanaposted April 12, 2011 at 6:51 pm Reply

    You Rock Sommer! Number One of the Top Nine on Food Buzz today. The mini cup cakes are a winner!

  61. Lisa @ Tarte du Jourposted April 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm Reply

    First let me say that I loved your post about marriage! Heart warming indeed! And the mini cupcakes with Nutella… DELECTABLE!

  62. Eileenposted April 12, 2011 at 7:40 pm Reply

    You are a wise woman – but we already knew that. Love those cupcakes – looks like someone else did too by the crumpled up wrappers in some of the pics – lol!

  63. Marisaposted April 12, 2011 at 9:59 pm Reply

    Delicious! I have to admit, there is something about cupcakes sometimes that makes them just taste better than a cake with the same exact ingredients lol. These are so cute. Congrats on making the top 9!

    Rating: 5
  64. Magic of Spiceposted April 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm Reply

    What a wonderful post…Cupcake Therapy, I like it :)

  65. Chrisposted April 12, 2011 at 8:49 pm Reply

    Loved reading this post! And the cupcakes? Yum! How can you go wrong. They look delightful…and irresistible.

  66. Evan @swEEtsposted April 12, 2011 at 9:17 pm Reply

    Having just completed 9 weeks of marriage counseling in preparation of our big day I can appreciate everything you had to say about you and your hubby :) I think my soon to be hubby would be a big fan od these even though I don’t particularly care for coconut.. but that’s what marriage is all about right!?

  67. Stevieposted April 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm Reply

    Cupcakes are obviously better. That way you don’t have to look at the messy cut-up cake after you’ve had a bit. They’re always perfect.

    I love Nutella and think that with or without the cake/cupcake this recipe would be a hit: Nutella and coconut. It sounds almost tropical.

  68. rahinposted April 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm Reply

    cupcakes look amazing , I am gonna try them soon , but did u say 8 dozen i.e 96 mini cupcakes , if so I think I should chk out the dessert option for a party I am gonna host soon. this is gud !

    • Sommerposted April 13, 2011 at 6:46 am Reply

      Yep, it’s a LOT of little cupcakes, but you could half the recipe if you want. Don’t worry~even if you make a whole batch they’ll be done in a flash!

  69. A little bit of everythingposted April 12, 2011 at 10:10 pm Reply

    congratulation on your 12 years of marriage.
    thanks for sharing the secret to a successful marriage – cupcakes.
    they do indeed sound and look therapeutic.

    Congrats on Top 9 today.

  70. Kristen | Menuismposted April 13, 2011 at 12:13 am Reply

    Cupcake therapy sounds like the best kind of therapy – everyone should try it! And these cupcakes look absolutely scrumptious!

  71. sweetlifeposted April 13, 2011 at 8:07 am Reply

    This is the sweetest post, very true marrying your best friend is the besT..I also married my best friend and I adore him!! i love your idea to frost this tiny treats with nutella!! great post, sommer


  72. Joyposted April 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm Reply

    Those look wonderful.

  73. The Food Houndposted April 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm Reply

    You are so right… although it helps that the BH wants us to do things my way most of the time, haha!! He’s easy to please :) I like to make and bake things he likes, even though I draw the line at mac’n’cheese out of a box!! Coconut is not his thing, but it is TOTALLY mine, and I am loving these!!

  74. kitaposted April 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm Reply

    I had to just say the last picture in this post is sooo pretty (not that the rest aren’t pretty). :) They sound delicious too. Congrats on 12 years!!

  75. Susanposted April 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm Reply

    IMHO, Nutella is a miracle ingredient. As for cake vs, cupcakes, I think SB and I are in agreement that a slice of cake makes for a ‘complete dessert experience’ … but mini-cupcakes are fun for picnics and ‘on the go’ browsing…

    As for cupcake therapy, it’s a sweet take on 1 Corinthians and is right on the money! Keep up the good work on the relationship … ;-)

  76. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagelsposted April 16, 2011 at 4:59 am Reply

    Oh my word please give me all of your cupcakes! I’m so addicted to Nutella it’s quite the problem and I LOVE coconut. You combined two of my favorite things in the world. These look soooo good. :)

  77. Tiffanyposted April 17, 2011 at 8:17 pm Reply

    I wish I could have one right NOW!

  78. Sawsanposted April 20, 2011 at 9:09 am Reply

    reading your post put a smile on my face..wishing you and your husband many more years of joy and happiness…
    Bookmarked the recipe to try very very soon…
    Glad I found your blog :)

  79. justineposted April 28, 2011 at 10:27 am Reply

    These look amazing! They are somehow both cute and very elegant :-)

  80. Denise @ Creative Kitchenposted May 11, 2011 at 11:31 am Reply

    Loved reading about you and hubby!! Sounds like we both married our best friends….love it!! :)

  81. Elaposted November 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm Reply

    I love the combination of coconut and nutella. But I would like to know if I would like to make just a regular cupcake batter, should I just omit the coconut and coconut mik and replace it with regular milk? Thanks! I really enjoy reading all your posts and delicious recipes.

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