TwD BCM: Nutella Buttons


As you may recall, during last month’s Tuesdays with Dorie posting, I wasn’t able to taste the assigned limoncello cupcakes because of a cleanse I was doing. Although the cleanse is over, I must confess that I didn’t taste this week’s assignment either. It’s been so long since I’ve had any real sugar that when I had an almond petit four last weekend, I almost got a sugar-rush headache. So, even though I like Nutella, I had to pass on the fruits of my baking labor to my co-workers at the firm yesterday. Here are some of the reactions:

“Liked it. But a little dry.”
“They left an aftertaste, but that’s to be expected from Nutella.”
“Is that what Nutella is? Okay, then I realized I don’t like Nutella.”
“These were tasty!”
“Oh, these are good, but it’s hard to tell the difference between the Nutella and the ganache.”

While making the buttons, or as the French say bouchées for “mouthfuls”, I will say that the mini cupcake batter smelled very good mainly due to the drop of pure almond extract that was suggested we use. However, because these were mini cupcakes, it was somewhat painstaking to drop teaspoonfuls of batter into each mold, then drop 1/2 teaspoonfuls of Nutella, and then top each mold off with more batter. And, then to hand-dip each cake in the chocolate ganache? Sigh…these took a lot of time with very little payout given my co-workers’ mixed reviews. Although, I don’t think I would’ve minded the work so much if they were regular sized cupcakes. I probably won’t be making these again.

These Nutella buttons were made as a part of Tuesdays with Dorie. If you’d like to join our baking group, pick up a copy of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi and bake along!

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chef mimi
    May 12, 2015 @ 07:46:25

    I’m with you – I’ve never done a cleanse, but even if I have a croissant, i feel like falling asleep. I just don’t like sugar. And these do look gorgeous, but they also look like a lot of work! I’m impressed!

  2. goldenlifephx
    May 12, 2015 @ 08:06:16

    I liked these but felt the same way about the payoff to workload ratio.

  3. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    May 12, 2015 @ 09:25:49

    I’m intrigued by these, and certainly want to try the lemoncello ones too!

  4. SandraM
    May 12, 2015 @ 09:39:56

    Well they look great! And good for you, not taste testing. It is really an ah-ha moment when you realize you don’t want the sugar.

  5. Traffic Diva
    May 12, 2015 @ 11:57:08

    Too bad about the Buttons😯😕they certainly look like the amount of work put in to them!!!!

  6. Cher
    May 12, 2015 @ 13:35:23

    Bummer that these had mixed results. They look like they came out perfectly.

  7. Andi
    May 12, 2015 @ 17:17:19

    Beautiful. And what a good girl to try to stay away from sugar!

  8. hotlyspiced
    May 12, 2015 @ 21:03:07

    Those workers at the firm are harsh critics! I do like the glossy look of these buttons xx

  9. Nana
    May 13, 2015 @ 06:53:06

    These look perfect to me, sorry that your co-workers had such reactions.

  10. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    May 13, 2015 @ 07:03:31

    I found these fiddly to work with as well and probably wouldn’t make them except for a tea or something – they DO look cute!

  11. Raymund
    May 13, 2015 @ 14:42:57

    Ohhhhh, Nutella you say! Yum!

  12. Margaret @approachingfood
    May 13, 2015 @ 16:24:23

    I agree that these were a little dry, but anything chocolate I’m all over it, so I didn’t mind a whit. And I wish I had your willpower!

  13. Monica
    May 14, 2015 @ 17:12:51

    Appreciate your honesty and I totally understand. I do love a little almond extract in chocolate baked goods. : )

  14. Cathleen | My Culinary Mission
    May 14, 2015 @ 21:25:34

    In my book, they definitely would not have been worth the sugar-rush headache. Good call skipping the taste-testing on this one. Mine were on the dry side also. They certainly look pretty though!

  15. Three Well Beings
    May 15, 2015 @ 01:20:09

    They look really nice and glossy! You’re doing really well to stay away from sugar. I’m impressed you’re able to resist these sweet little buttons!

  16. dedy oktavianus pardede
    May 15, 2015 @ 05:00:57

    Simply damn delicious sweet bites !!!

  17. Amy (Savory Moments)
    May 17, 2015 @ 14:22:54

    These look tasty – but good for you on staying away from the sugar!

  18. I Wilkerson
    May 18, 2015 @ 08:07:15

    These are cute. And even though I don’t react to sugar like you do, I still prefer a small dessert.

  19. tracy
    May 20, 2015 @ 09:01:13

    These are very cute. I know almost everyone loves Nutella but I have to say that it has never been a favorite of mine.

    It is amazing that you are doing so well at avoiding sugar. Wish I could do better limiting my sugar intake.

  20. Kristi @ MySFKitchen
    May 20, 2015 @ 14:18:59

    Nutella is always a great addition 😉 yummmm

  21. Juliana
    May 20, 2015 @ 22:31:16

    I wish I could be as disciplined as you…although you had mix reaction, I would love to give this a try…they look so cute with the shiny coat…
    Hope you are having a nice week 🙂

  22. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    May 21, 2015 @ 06:20:20

    I love that you tell it like it is. No sugar (or ganache in this case) coating for you and you have my appreciation for that. They’re good looking though. 🙂

  23. Karen
    May 28, 2015 @ 10:18:55

    You are so good about keeping to your healthy eating routines. Too bad the little buttons didn’t get great reviews for all the work that you put into them. They certainly are pretty little things.

  24. The Zen Kat
    May 29, 2015 @ 12:55:48

    Oh my nutella love ❤

  25. Tammy
    Jun 01, 2015 @ 23:15:58

    How did you make them so perfect??

  26. Alex
    Jun 08, 2015 @ 12:27:07

    But they do look great on the picture!

  27. Dana @ Simply Romanesco
    Jun 08, 2015 @ 14:47:20

    These look so perfect; glossy and delicious! I can’t believe all the mixed feelings…

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