Sunday, 29 January 2012

Ambassador's Cupcakes with Chocolate, Hazelnut and Ferrero Rocher

My knowledge of the British diplomacy service is scant; it is gleaned solely from avid viewing of Spooks and devouring of John le Carre novels.

I am however fully aware of the confectionery of choice of every ambassador this side of the Suez crisis.

Thanks to Ferror Rocher and 'Monsieur, with thezze Ferrero Rocher you are realllly spoileeng us, hahaha'.

Indeed, we all know, thanks to those iconic (and some argue excruitatingly awfuladverts, exactly how Ambassadors with exquisite taste across the world are spoiling their reception guests. With hazelnuts covered in hazelnut cream, encased in a wafer shell, covered in chocolate and yet more hazelnut of course.

I have undertaken some research to see how true to life these adverts really are.

Firstly, on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website. I can sadly report there is no mention of Ferrero Rocher usage. And just as I was about to put in a Freedom of Information request I find that someone has beaten me to it. Yep, the British Foreign Office have already been asked how much of their annual budget is spent on Ferrero Rochers. Regrettably, I have to inform you that the request was deemed 'too frivolous' and an answer not forthcoming.

Which makes me think the answer to how much the Foreign and Commonwelth Office spend annually on Ferrero Rocher is: 'a lot'.

Since Ferrero Rochers have been enjoyed at Ambassador's receptions since 1982, I suspect (despite the wide range of varieties available) our diplomats may be getting a little tired of seeing the same towering silver tray of gold wrapped chocolate hazelnuts being brought out at every do.

Therefore, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, I'd like to present you with the following: The Ambassador's Cupcake. A Ferrero Rocher hidden inside a chocolate and hazelnut cupcake, topped with hazelnut-chocolate frosting and chopped hazelnuts. No need to thank me, William Hague, I like to do my bit for Queen and Country.

Ambasaador’s Cupcakes
Makes twelve
For the Cupcakes
125g butter
150g caster sugar
2 eggs
200g self-raising flour
2 tbsps cocoa powder
100ml milk
100g melted dark chocolate
For the icing and decoration:
100g softened butter
180g icing sugar
40g cocoa powder
40g finely ground hazelnuts
1-2 tbsps milk

12 Ferroro Rocher chocolates
60g finely chopped hazelnuts

1.      Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/375F and line a cupcake tray with twelve cupcake cases
2.      Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. With the mixer on a low speed gradually add in the eggs.
3.      Sift in the flour and cocoa powder
4.      Gently fold in the milk and melted chocolate until thoroughly combined.
5.      Spoon the batter between the paper cases, filling each case approximately three quarters full. Bake for 18-20 minutes 
6.      Allow to cool in the cases for a few minutes before removing onto a wire rack to cool completely.
7.      To make the icing: Beat together the butter, icing sugar, cocoa powder and ground hazelnuts until combined. Gradually add the milk and whisk until the icing is soft and fluffy.
8.      Using a sharp knife cut a shallow ‘crater’ in the top of each cooled cupcake. Spoon a small amount of icing in the crater and place a Ferrero Rocher on the top, using the icing as a 'glue' to hold the chocolate in place
9.      Place the remainder of the icing in a piping bag and pipe up and around the Ferrero Rocher until the chocolate is hidden. Sprinkle the chopped hazelnuts over each cupcake


Baker's notes...
  • An alternative to the icing above would be a great big spoonful of Nutella
  • If anyone has ever been to an Ambassador's Reception, did you get offered Ferrero Rocher by a suitably suave butler?


  1. ha ha ha brilliant post! love it!

  2. Why, with these cupcakes you are truly spoiling us (hurray - I got to do the joke before anyone else!!!)

  3. I still don't understand why cupcakes are SO popular right now..

  4. I don't think cupcakes are going anywhere I'm afraid Alex- bitesize treats will always satisfy any sweet tooth!!

  5. Wow, these sound amazing! It's obviously a day for cupcakes! Perhaps they should try and get a sneaky reference to Ferrero Rocher in the new James Bond film whilst he's at a diplomatic reception!

  6. Hehe, no matter what, God bless whoever invented Ferrero Rochers :D
    If given to my siblings, I swear they'll not want to eat anything else for breakfast, lunch or dinner! :D
    I've also been meaning to try a recipe where the Ferrero Rocher was baked with the cupcake itself! :)

  7. Funnily enough just after Christmas I wondered if I could put Ferrero Rochers inside cupcakes, but then I ate all my Ferrero Rochers... damn my greediness!
    I love that last photo, so good!

  8. Did you say Ferrero Rocher!!!! Swoon. These look like the tastiest cuppies I have seen in a while.

  9. I am loving your writing recently Kate, it's very close to genius!... and those cupcakes... fan bloody tastic... now, can you explain to me why , even though I have joined your blog twice I am still not receiving your posts in my blog reader? Blogger is driving me CRAZY today!

  10. Oh yum, these look and sound amazing! I generally have a hatred of all types of nut (with the exception of peanuts) but for some reason Ferreros just win me over regardless! and a Ferrero cupcake - well that just sounds too good to be true!

  11. These cakes are great fun - I love them. I have been to an Ambassador's Reception but obviously I can't reveal the exact nature of the food because this line is not secure. I can reveal, however, that there were no Ferrero Rocher or butlers. Quite a lot of wine, though. Oops, I've said too much....

  12. Love this post and the gorgeous cupcakes which reminds me I have not made one in ages. I've made this recipe but didnt think to present it so elegantly. I'll have to "borrow" *cough* steal your idea some time ;)

  13. I honestly think you have created a work of genius here Kate. Brilliant idea, you know what Hummingbird should look to you for inspiration, you certainly know your stuff when it comes to baking....inspired! xx

  14. Wow these sound and look amaze!!


  15. Oh La-la! What a lovely cupcake ! Sounds amazing & I love Ferrero Rocher too. I've got to try this recipe as soon as possible! Bravo ! :)

  16. Not really a fan of Ferrero Rocher, but I think I could probably manage one if it was encased in these very delicious looking cupcakes. Great post Kate.


Thank you very much for your comment- I appreciate every single one of them!