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Macabella Cupcakes Recipe & A Fab Giveaway!

I wanted to introduce you all to a super scrumpy chocolate spread with macadamia nuts called Macabella.  Macabella is fairly new to the UK but is set to do well having already been voted product of the year in the Consumer survey of Product Innovation by Australian consumers.  There are two varieties of Macabella to choose from Velvet and Crunch which are self explanatory.  These spreads are made with a divine creamy Belgian cocoa blend with a higher percentage of nuts compared to other spreads.  The texture is lovely and thick and the flavour is rich and delicious.


These are great for spreading on toast for breakfast, adding to sandwiches, spreading on pancakes and can even be used to make cupcakes!


 Yes it’s true and these cupcakes are amazing!!!!  I of course should know because I have created them.  My Macabella cupcakes use not one but both forms of Macabella.  The velvet version works well within the actual cupcake sponge and the crunch in the smooth rich and luxurious ganache that tops these super indulgent cupcakes.

Before I give you the recipe I just wanted to tell you why including Macadamia nuts in your diet is a good.  Here’s the health part!  Aside from their great buttery flavour Macadamia nuts are full of all sorts of nutrients including antioxidants like polyphenols, Amino acids, flavones, and selenium.  These antioxidants help protect us from external toxins and cell damage.  They are also full of monounsaturated fats which help to lower LDL (bad fats) and can help promote weight loss as they are rich in palmitoleic acid, and omega 7 fatty oil.  these provide building blocks for the enzymes and control the burning of fat and help to reduce the appetite.  Palmitoleic acid increases fat metabolism (yaaaaaaayyyyy) and reduces fat storage within the body. The fatty acid content of Macadamia nuts makes them an extremely satisfying food and you generally need just a handful to feel content.  Palmitoleic fatty acids have a positive effect on the skin as it delays the process of cell and skin ageing. As we age palmitoleic acid levels drop and this is why macadamia nut oil is a key ingredient in many anti-ageing products.

So now you have a small insight into how fabulous Macadamia nuts really are why not take a look at a simple and tasty recipe where you can use both the spreads that I mentioned.

I got to use my super shiny, new Russell Hobbs Mixer which I shall tell you all about at a later date.

Macabella Cupcakes

Makes 12-15 depending on how large you want them.


For the Cupcakes

200g caster sugar

3 medium eggs

1.5tbs heaped Macabella Velvet

120g butter

120g milk

240g plain flour

3tsp baking powder

For the Ganache

700ml double cream

2 heaped tbs Macabella Crunchy


For the Sponge

You need 1-2 muffin trays and muffin cupcake cases.  Place these in the tray(s) before starting.

Place the milk and butter in a pan and heat lightly until the butter melts.  This can be done whilst you are doing the next step to save time.  Once it has melted set aside.

Measure out the sugar into the bowl and add the eggs and vanilla essence.  Mix well.  You need to get as much air into this.  You know it’s ready when it becomes a lighter colour and looks thick and creamy.

Add in the Macabella Velvet and mix.

Pour in the butter and milk mixture and stir well.

Combine the flour and baking powder and sift into the mixing bowl. Gently fold in using a spatula with a figure of eight motion.

Try not to over fold or the cake will lose it’s fluffy texture and become dense.

Once combined pour into the muffin cases and cook at 180 degrees for approximately 16-18 minutes depending on your oven.

Now the hard part, wait for the cakes to cool.

For the Ganache

Whisk the Macabella gently into the cream taking care not to over whisk as the nut pieces will get broken down and the cream will lose its shine.

mac2I know that you are all super jealous as the spread and cupcakes look amazing and as I am one for spreading the love and even the chocolate (It’s hard but I like to be fair) I am pleased to announce that 4 readers will get the chance to win a Jar of Macabella Velvet and a Jar of Macabella Crunchy.

That’s 4 winners with 1 jar of each!!!

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This Post Has 33 Comments

  1. Macadamia nuts are great for you, so full of nutrition and essential oils. Lovely giveaway Mel

    1. Thanks Mellissa, this is a yummy choccy spread x

  2. This spread is delicious, as I have it also. It just needs a spoon sometimes if there is no bread around!!!!

    1. Lol. I do that too 😉

  3. I’ve yet to find a nut based spread that I like but surely there is one out there for me! Maybe this is it!

    1. I’d give it a try, maybe try making he cupcakes 😉

  4. Love this, and love that I could have chocolate on my toast for breakfast.

    1. I know it’s wonderful isn’t it 😉

  5. How delicious! These are right up to my street so I need to make them x

    1. They were really good! 😉

  6. Cupcake looks really delicious. Fun giveaway xx

    1. Thanks and good luck.

  7. Macabella sounds super yummy – I have never tried a chocolate spread with macadamia nuts before

    1. It’s available in Salisbury’s if you fancy trying it x

  8. I am absolutely loving the look of that new spread! Gorgeous recipe too!

  9. I love macadamia nuts, they are my favourite. Will certainly be grabbing this next time I am in Sainsburys

  10. Oooh this looks and sounds so delicious! I could eat one right now! xo

    1. It was so good, I must make them again.

  11. Ooh wow, looks like a healthier version of Nutella. I bet it’d be great on our Saturday morning pancakes!

  12. I love macadamia nuts hot with butter and salt. Also love peanut butter so this looks like something I would like/love too

  13. looks yummy, we use loads of chocolate spread in our house

  14. I will have to look out for this in the shops as sounds delicious.

    1. Check your local Sainsburys x

  15. Macadamia nuts are my favourites I’ll definitely try making these yummy looking cakes🎂🍰

  16. Love baking. You can’t beat the taste of a cake fresh out of the oven. I have no choice in trying out this recipe. I can’t resist a cake. Watch out for the feedback.

  17. Looks really nice, hope you and your lovely children enjoyed! 🙂

  18. omg never tried macadamia or this brand before 👍

  19. This looks so good!

  20. I saw a cool recipe for Macabella on the internet. I think I’ll try the cupcake recipe too.

    1. Enjoy Jason 😉

  21. Delicious

  22. Now I want a cupcake like yours! They looked so tasty

  23. I’ve not tried this I will have to give it a go

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