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Churro Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Savor the sweetness of churro cupcakes with cream cheese frosting! This easy recipe combines cinnamon-sugar charm with fluffy cupcake bliss.

churro cupcakes

Alright, let’s get straight to the point: You love churros. I love churros. We all scream for . . . churros? But wait, before you dash off to the nearest carnival stall, I’ve got something even better that doesn’t require leaving the house or fighting off seagulls for the last bite.

Today I’m going to share my favorite churro cupcakes topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. It’s the culinary mashup you never knew you needed until now!

If you’ve never had a churro before, they are sweet Mexican fritters rolled in cinnamon sugar. I’m combining those flavors with the deliciousness and fluffiness of cupcakes to make one of the best desserts you’ve ever had.

And before you start worrying about the complexity of this recipe, I assure you it’s as straightforward as it gets. There’s nothing more complicated here than you’d get in any other cupcake recipe.

AND the chocolate sauce on top – as well as the churro bites – are optional. But they really are the icing on the (cup)cake! And make them so pretty for parties.

churro cupcakes with cinnamon sugar frosting

So, if you’re ready to embark on a baking adventure that will end with you being the proud creator of churro cupcakes (and possibly eating them all in one sitting—no judgment here), then keep on scrolling.

I promise, by the end of this, you’ll be ready to don your apron, preheat that oven, and maybe even do a little happy dance. Let’s get to baking these bad boys and fill our homes with the scent of victory (and cinnamon).

Tips for Making Delicious Cupcakes

Before you dive into these cupcakes, I’ve got some tips for you on making the best (and tastiest) baked goods. If you’re interested, check them out. Otherwise scroll to the bottom for the recipe.

Use Quality Ingredients

Use high-quality, fresh ingredients for the best flavor and texture. You’ll for sure want to get fresh eggs, good quality butter, and pure vanilla extract (instead of imitation).

Measure Precisely

Flour is the main dry ingredient in this recipe. Measure using the scoop-and-level method, as adding too much flour can result in dry cupcakes. You can also weigh the flour.

Bring Cold Ingredients to Room Temp

Bring ingredients like butter, eggs, and milk to room temperature before mixing. They will incorporate better, resulting in smoother batter and fluffier cupcakes. They don’t need to be warm; slightly cool to room temp is fine.

Avoid Overmixing

Mix the batter just until ingredients are combined, or the dry disappears into the wet. Overmixing can result in dense baked goods that are too firm.

churro cupcake recipe

Don’t Overfill the Liners

Fill liners about two-thirds full with batter. This prevents overflow and allows room for the cupcakes to rise.

Watch While Baking

Follow the suggested baking time, but also keep a close eye on your cupcakes. They’re done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs attached.

Transfer Immediately After Baking

Transfer to a wire cooling rack immediately after taking them out of the oven. This prevents condensation from forming on the bottom, which can make the cupcakes soggy.

Cool Before Frosting

Ensure they are completely cool before frosting. Warm cupcakes can cause the frosting to melt or slide off when applied.

churro cupcake

Remember, practicing and experimenting will help you perfect your baking skills over time. Have fun and enjoy the process of creating delicious baked goods!

Here’s what you’re going to need for these churro cupcakes.

  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Churro bites (optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons milk

Chocolate Sauce (Optional)

  • 3 1/2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

Tools

Tips and Thoughts for This Recipe

If you don’t have piping bags and a tip, use a spoon to spread the cream cheese icing on top. Then drizzle with the chocolate sauce.

churro cupcakes from scratch

Store your cupcakes in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can either store them in the muffin tin covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container.

churro cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

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Yield: 12 cupcakes

Churro Cupcakes

churro cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Our simple churro cupcake recipe brings together the warmth of cinnamon-sugar and the lightness of cupcakes. Topped with delicious cream cheese frosting and optional chocolate.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cool Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons milk

Chocolate Sauce

  • 3 1/2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F / 180 C and line your baking tray with cupcake liners; set aside.12 cavity muffin tin
  2. In a mixing bowl add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt all at once. Whisk together and then add the white sugar. Mix again until all the dry ingredients are combined.add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and white sugar
  3. To the dry ingredients, add the buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Use the hand mixer to whisk the ingredients until the mixture is just combined. It's okay if there are a few lumps.add the buttermilk, oil, and vanilla to the dry ingredients
  4. Scoop out the batter using an ice cream scoop, and fill the liners until 2/3 full.cupcake liners filled with cinnamon cupcake batter
  5. Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Let the cupcakes cool for 5 minutes in the baking tray before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely while you prepare the frosting.
  7. In a bowl add the cream cheese and butter, beating with a hand mixer until creamy.Button in a glass bowl ready for beating
  8. Add in the powdered sugar and cinnamon. Blend again until combined and thick. Then add the vanilla and milk, a tablespoon at a time. Mix again until smooth and creamy. Add as much milk as needed to get a thick, but smooth and pipe-able consistency.add powdered Sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and milk
  9. Transfer this into a piping bag fitted with a star metal tip of your choice.Cinnamon frosting in a glass bowl
  10. In a saucepan, heat the heavy cream for the chocolate sauce. Wait until the milk is steaming before removing from the heat and pouring over the chopped chocolate.Adding heated heavy cream to chopped chocolate
  11. Let sit for a couple minutes before whisking together until a smooth chocolate sauce is created.Mixing until the smooth chocolate is created
  12. Pipe a large swirl of icing on top of each cupcake.Cinnamon icing pipped onto the cupcakes
  13. Top with a tablespoon of the chocolate sauce, creating a subtle drip from the top of the frosting down its sides.Chocolate sauce poured on top o of the icing
  14. Top with churro bites and serve.Topping the cupcakes with churro bites

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 508Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 237mgCarbohydrates: 76gFiber: 2gSugar: 59gProtein: 4g

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If you enjoyed this churro cupcake recipe, let me know in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other cupcake recipes:

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