A MUST-HAVE if I’ve ever tasted one….

Taken by Alayna

What: Chocolate Hazelnut

Where: Trophy Cupcakes in University Village….Click here for directions

If I were told I could only eat 5 things for the rest of my life, they would be as follows: 1) Sushi, 2) Tortilla Soup (avocados included), 3) Nectarines, 4) Dim Sum, and 5) Nutella. So it’s no wonder that when Trophy Cupcakes announced a seasonal flavor of Chocolate Hazelnut (which is made with Nutella) would hit their bakery shelves, I nearly jumped in jubilation.

For those of you who are sadly uninformed about the goodness of Nutella, let me describe it to you best I can. Imagine a chocolate spread with the creamiest of textures that leaves your mouth watering excessively in unbelievable satisfaction. So smooth, palatable, and sensuous, you can almost feel the rose petals showering from above and champagne bubbles tickling your nose.  Now with that chocolate spread, wildly infuse it with the ultra silky, and decadently rich flavor of the hazelnut…it’s warm, honeyed arms squeezing your tightly. Oh hazelnut, you are a gift from the gods and a blessing to my tummy.

Yes, Nutella is truly divine as was Trophy’s Chocolate Hazelnut cupcake. Just look at it! The perfectly fluffed hazelnut buttercream frosting evenly encompassing the top of the cake, the magical dusting of candied hazelnuts on its edges…my god, it was a masterpiece.

But as we all know, looks can be deceiving. I leave the rest of the review up to my eager, eager tastebuds. The first bite was….heavenly. The frosting tasted just as ALL buttercream frostings should—like the intended flavor, not like butter! Too many times I’ve had cupcakes with lemon or chocolate or vanilla buttercream frosting only to taste whipped butter. Trophy Cupcakes sure knows how to craft one hell of a buttercream and I cannot think of a more genius buttercream than this Nutella frosting.  It was strong, but not overpowering, rich, but not heavy. The added texture of the candied hazelnuts on the side was too nomlicious! I could eat candied hazelnuts dipped in Nutella buttercream ALL day after this experience. They added a true nutty flavor and an edge that most cupcakes lack—the creamy crunch of the hazelnuts.  It can really jazz up your cupcake devouring experience.

The chocolate cake was almost too good. Moist and succulent while at the same time airy and dainty—like a true delicacy. The cake, oddly enough, served as the accessory to the frosting; it was a celestial combination of balance and satiation.

This one, UNQUESTIONABLY, deserves 5 NOMS out of 5. A true masterpiece of cupcake design, engineering, and craftsmanship. Bravo, Trophy…I’ll be sad to see this seasonal flavor inevitably disappear. But I’m thankful as ever that I got to taste it while I still could.  HURRY and try yours today!! They’re available at all Trophy Cupcakes locations everyday for the rest of November, and on Sundays and Wednesdays for the rest of December 🙂


November 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Reviews.


  1. pandrewh replied:

    Instant winner. No questions. Nutella is king.

  2. OH MY NOM. replied:

    […] any glimpse of sweetness or minty-ness for that matter. It was a failure of a buttercream by my declared standards. I hate to say it, but it was not a frosting, so much as it was a scoop of whipped, […]

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