Churro Cupcakes*

Trump is no longer running for president.

Ashton Kutcher is taking over for Charlie Sheen. #Winning

Osama Bin Wankin’ Laden apparently had a ginormous stash of porn.

And I am currently addicted to Cinnamon Sugar things.

You are now caught up on all the world news. In 4 sentences. Don’t you wish it was always that easy? Once I came across these Churro Cupcakes I knew I was done for. I just had to count down the days until I had an excuse to make them. When I finally had time, it was the weekend…and having cupcakes trapped in the house with me is never a smart move. So I held off till Sunday. Sunday we had some family over for a late lunch and I thought these would be the perfect treat. But then Jorge asked me to double the recipe and send some in to the office with him Monday for a group of students they had coming in…..all of this is leading up to telling you I had 36 cupcakes staring me in the face on a Sunday afternoon. It was horrible, it was glorious, it was the best Sunday I have had in a long time.

These cupcakes were delicious. The cake was the perfect vessel for the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting on top. They were perfectly light, while still staying moist. I added oil, alongside the butter, to get this consistency. I knew with the frosting, the cupcake itself could not be too heavy…but I also did not want too light or dry of a cupcake. These were perfect with a cup of coffee or standing over the sink. I am sure they will be showing up again soon!


Churro Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 18 cupcakes

Recipe note: When it says to only fill your cupcake tins half way, I mean it. These cupcakes do not make a dome on top. Instead they are flat. If they rise over the tin, they are not pretty!


For the cupcakes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 (1 stick) cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk

For the frosting

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon


To make the cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, until just combined then stir in the vanilla and oil. Sprinkle 1/3 of the flour mixture over the butter mixture and gently stir in until barely combined. Add half of the milk, mixing until just combined. Repeat these steps with the remaining flour mixture and milk, ending with the flour. Do not over mix.

Fill each cupcake tin with 2 tablespoons of batter, or until the cupcake tin is filled half way. Bake the cupcakes for 14 to 16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with one or two crumbs clinging to it. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting:

Cream the butter and cream cheese together in a large bowl. Add the sugar, one cup at a time, beating well between each addition. Stir in the cinnamon until thoroughly combined. Then stir in the vanilla. Beat the mixture well, until light and fluffy.

Pipe onto cupcakes, sprinkle with a little cinnamon sugar and top with a drizzle of Dulce De Leche if desired.

Adapted from My Baking Dom

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58 Responses to “Churro Cupcakes”

  1. 1

    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles — May 17, 2011 @ 12:27 am

    Dang, girl! I could go for one (ok, 6!) of these right now.

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    elle marie — May 17, 2011 @ 2:13 am

    haha if he has a stash of porn that is so contradictory about his beliefs, no? And Charlie, what? Where have I been… he’s hilarious… didn’t someone or something or another insult him and that started the whole brewhahaha?

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    Three-Cookies — May 17, 2011 @ 5:39 am

    Looks awesome. And thanks for the news update:) Porn – 3 wives was not enough?

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    woolfenbell — May 17, 2011 @ 7:01 am

    can’t WAIT to try these…
    kushter winning… easily. yes.

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    Kim @ Feed Me, Seymour — May 17, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    I’m sure these taste really fantastic. I’d never find out because they are too pretty to eat!!!! You, my dear, are an artist! Oh, and a genius for making these as well. I think a dessert fiesta is in order.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 17, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    I love all things cinnamon sugar so no doubt I’d love these… especially that frosting!!!

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    Tori (@eat-tori) — May 17, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    I now have three anecdotes for a dinner party tonight and a new appreciation for cinnamon cream cheese. I say I’m winning.

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    Apron Appeal — May 17, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    My son has a cinnamon/sugar obsession. Where there is one, he thinks the other must be present as well. Hence when I sprinkled sugar on top of the scones this morning, he asked if I would get the cinnamon out to. I wonder where he gets it from…I add cinnamon to my orange rolls and double the cinnamon inclusion in my cinnamon rolls

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    Jess Wakasugi — May 17, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    Oo, yummy! That cinnamon cream cheese frosting is calling my name :)

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    Dianna — May 17, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    1. I may or may not have just licked my computer screen, these look so yummy.

    2. I have been dreaming about churros lately!!!

    3. Thanks for yet another piece of eye candy! {I much prefer this type to the Bin Laden kind. Ew.} 😉

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    Evan Thomas — May 17, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    I hate to admit that I’ve never actually eaten a churro before. Maybe they’d be more familiar to me in cupcake form.

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    Erin — May 17, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    Haha thank you for that update, I am sometimes ashamed to admit I do not keep up with the news. Obama was in the city in which I live yesterday, and had there not been cop cars everywhere I wouldn’t never known anything was out of the ordinary.

    Oh and I love cinnamon-sugar thing, these look wonderful!

  13. 13

    Kelly — May 17, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    Yum. I adore churros so I love the idea of these in cupcake form.

  14. 14

    Alicia @ AliGirl Cooks — May 17, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    Yum! These looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try them.

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    Suzy — May 17, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    Damn me and my Atkin’s right now! MAN those look amazing! Those and the GQ cover….that would be me..happy! ha!

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    Maria — May 17, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    These look fantastic!!

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    Paula at Dishing The Divine — May 17, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    What a fabulous cupcake idea! I will print these and try them soon! :) My husband is a huge churro fan. He may propose to me *again* if I make these! More diamonds, please! :)

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    Joanne — May 17, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

    These seem addictive. Especially to someone who could eat cinnamon by the jar.

    Which means I absolutely must make them ASAP and inhale a whole batch in just as much time. On it.

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    Paula — May 17, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    We have an annual fiesta; last year I made actual churros but they got soggy too quickly… I think THESE are the PERFECT alternative – yum!!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — May 17, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    Viva la Cupcake!

  21. 21

    The Cilantropist — May 17, 2011 @ 5:47 pm

    Oh oh you are killing me with these cinnamon sugary treats! Love the drizzle of syrup on the top, it looks sooo enticing. 😉

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    Helen — May 17, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

    The moment I saw this I knew I had to make them. The stars must be alligned because I also planned to make your enchiladas tommorrow and the churro cupcakes fit perfectly with the mexican theme. YUM!

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    Chrissy — May 18, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

    OH dear Lord…I need to make these!

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    Caitlin — May 18, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

    These look awesome, and I love your perfect frosting dollop on top! As soon as I read the title I was reminded that I never mastered rolling my “r’s” in Spanish class :-(. I can’t even say it right in my head! Haha.

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    Jennifer — May 20, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

    I am making these right now for my mom’s birthday. She loves cinnamon! Can’t wait to try them!!

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    Esmeralda — May 24, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    OH MY HECK! These look delicious!
    I’m sending the recipe to my co-workers who bake (I don’t) and maybe they will make them for me!

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    Samantha — May 25, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

    Hi Jessica~ we were going to make this recipe and noticed in the ingredients you did not list soda… But in the directions of the recipe- you do list soda. Wondering if you could please clarify for us so that we may get our churro on as soon as possible !!!! Thank you for another wonderful recipe!
    Thank you

    • Jessica replied: — May 29th, 2011 @ 9:12 pm


      So sorry to just be getting back to you! I was on vacation and promised the husband I would not open my email! Anyways, I didn’t even catch that! The original recipe has it the same way and does not list it in the ingredients. I did not use any baking soda. I am not sure if the recipe was originally intended to have any baking soda or not. But I did not use any and will up date this post to show that.

      Hope you do try them! They were delicious!

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    Esmeralda — May 31, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    One of my co-workers made these (after a few emails with this recipe attached) and they are soooo cinnamon-y!! The break room smells delicious and the cupcakes are very tasty!

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    Elise — August 23, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

    I just made these for a friend’s birthday. I kept a few for myself and they were fantastic!! Thanks for the great recipe.

    • Jessica replied: — September 1st, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

      So glad you liked them! They are a favorite of mine!

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    Kimbra — August 31, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

    OMG these are so good,,,Made them last night for a cupcake contest at work,,,,and thanks to this great recipe I won!!!!!!

    • Jessica replied: — September 1st, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

      Congrats! That’s awesome!! :-)

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    Rachel — September 15, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    These are absolutely delish!! I made them less than 2 weeks ago and my family absolutely loved them. My boyfriend requested more for this weekend’s tailgate so i’ll be busy in the kitchen again whipping up some more!

    • Jessica replied: — September 28th, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

      Oh yum! I love that cupcakes have a place at your tailgates! I may just have to crash your party next time!! LOL

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    Wawa — September 28, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    I just made these as a cake for my neice’s birthday people were raving! I doubled the recipe for two 9″ layers and it worked out perfectly. Thanks!!

    • Jessica replied: — September 28th, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

      I am so happy to hear it works as a layer cake as well! I have been considering making it into one…and now I have to do it asap! 😀

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    Chymere H. — January 29, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    I’m making these tonight…as i’m typing! Waiting for one batch to cool…can’t wait to taste!

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    Chymere H. — January 29, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

    YUMMY!!! Thanks! (new favorite blog)

    • Jessica replied: — January 29th, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

      So glad you liked them Chymere 😀

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    Jermz — August 29, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    These are the best cupcakes i ever had. I am putting the recipe in my man book.

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    Elle J — September 11, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    Gonna def try these!! :) Have u ever tried using a cinnamon buttercream instead? Or shud I def stick to the cream cheese frosting?

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    Meredith — December 2, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    I baked these for a dinner party last weekend! My friends thought, I stole the recipe from cinnabon…lol….The icing was amazing! You seriously should put that on everything :) Will defiantly be baking these again for other parties!

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    Ashley — March 5, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

    Made these for my church’s Bunco night and they were a huge hit! I doubled the frosting, and we’ve been eating it with graham crackers… I’m not even sure what to say about how delicious it is. Can’t wait to make these again!

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    Megan @ For the Love of Cookies — April 9, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    I can only imagine how delicious these are and with that frosting on top…ah! I think I need to have a cupcake making party!

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    Kelly — April 30, 2015 @ 3:40 pm

    Thank you so much for this post…. I am now addicted to your blog and those darn cupcakes! I reposted after making these on my blog with a link to yours i hope that is okay! Can’t wait to try more! Thanks

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    Madison — May 1, 2015 @ 5:41 pm

    Does this specific recipe yield 36 cupcakes as you have written it out or do i have to double this recipe to yield 36? Thanks!

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