Churro Cupcakes

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It’s been a long winter so it might be time for a Mexican fiesta!  Cinco de Mayo is not that far away, either, if you need a holiday for a fiesta excuse.  Lady Behind the Curtain added a cinnamon and sugar topping and cinnamon buttercream frosting to a cinnamon flavored cupcake for a sweet and spicy dessert. Ole!

Churro Cupcakes


For Cupcakes:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for dusting
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 – 1/4 cups milk
For Cinnamon Sugar Crunchy Topping:
  • Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
For Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 8 ounces (1 brick) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk (if desired)


For Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.
  3. Whisk together both flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  4. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  6. Beat in vanilla.
  7. Reduce speed to low.
  8. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of milk, and beating until combined after each.
  9. Fill each cupcake liner three-quarters full.
  10. Bake 20 minutes.
  11. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes.
  12. Top with cinnamon sugar crunchy topping and cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
  13. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
For Cinnamon Sugar Crunchy Topping:
  1. In a small bowl melt butter.
  2. In another small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon.
  3. When cupcakes are completely cooled brush melted butter on the tops and dip into the cinnamon sugar mixture.


For Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
  1. In a medium bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until light.
  2. Mix in vanilla and cinnamon; add confectioners’ sugar 1 cup at a time until all is incorporated.
  3. If the frosting gets too thick, add milk a few drops at a time until it reaches desired consistency.

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