Churro Cupcakes

Churro Cupcakes

It’s no secret I love celebrating Cinco de Mayo around here. Since my blog first started not a year has gone by without a festive treat or two. Mexican food and flavors are by far my favorite so I never seem to struggle with ideas that fit the bill.  Between Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes, Traditional Tres Leches Cake and Limey Margarita Bars, I have your festive dessert needs covered. That being said, I’m always a girl who likes options and I couldn’t let a year go by without giving a couple more for your fiesta. 


These Churro Cupcakes are a guaranteed crowd pleaser. A fluffy vanilla cupcake is topped with cinnamon sugar, a smooth cream cheese vanilla frosting, more cinnamon sugar, and a mini little “churro” just to be adorable. (Which is really just a piece of pie crust coated in cinnamon sugar. I’ve seen versions topped with fried tortillas too.) I served them to a group of friends earlier this week and they were polished off almost instantly. I think these would be the perfect dessert for a festive dinner, or really any time you want something full of cinnamon-sugary goodness.

Churro Cupcakes

Yield: 20 -24 cupcakes


  • 1 batch Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes, both the cupcakes and the frosting,

For the mini "churros"

  • 4 tablespoons of butter, cold
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon


  1. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. While the cupcakes are baking, combine the "mini churro" ingredients in a food processor for 1-2 minutes or until a ball is formed. Roll dough out on a floured surface to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into strips, 1/2 inch wide and cut 2 inch-long pieces out on a diagonal angle. Twist the dough pieces and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 375F for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  3. When they have cooled, gently toss them in the cinnamon sugar mixture until well-coated. return to the cookie sheet until ready to use.
  4. When the baked cupcakes have cooled, dip the top of each one into the cinnamon/sugar mixture- giving each a light coating.
  5. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the cupcakes and dust with cinnamon sugar. Top each cupcake with a "churro." Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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  1. This is such a cute idea!! Love how you incorporated churros into cupcakes. Cinnamon sugar is one of my faves.

  2. Do these cupcakes need to be refrigerated because of the cream cheese frosting?

  3. I had trouble with the dough for the mini churros. It would not form a ball or hold together to twist it.
    Any thoughts on what I did wrong?

    1. Jamie I don’t know why I never saw this comment- obviously it has been awhile since you made but I thought I’d respond just in case you’d like to try again or if someone else has this problem. So sorry!

      If the churro dough won’t hold together I’d add a touch more ice water. Too much could make it sticky but even a few drops at a time should do the trick.

  4. I made these cupcakes yesterday for a family gathering. They were fantastic! Super tasty & really really cute with the mini ‘churro’ on top. I really love this frosting recipe with the little hint of cream cheese in it! Regarding the mini churros, theres no mention in the recipe to add cold water. I was a little confused at first as to how the dough was supposed to come together w/o water. Then i was reading through the comments & saw that you mentioned ice water in that last one. So i added some, a tablespoon at a time, until the dough came together. It worked!! They are tasty little nuggets before & after rolling in the cinnamon & sugar! I posted them on instagram & referenced you in the comments. Thanks for this lovely recipe!!

  5. Just made these today for Cinco de Mayo. Ya, the churro dough recipe was incomplete. I did add a bit of water, but please correct it! Other that that, very cute and festive.

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