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Churro Cupcakes

Dreamy Churro Cupcakes with a cinnamon vanilla cupcake and Cinnabon Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting. Topped with a sugary Mexican churro on top. If you like Mexican desserts and treats, be sure to try these luscious cupcakes next. To date, these churro cupcakes are my favorite dessert yet!

Churro Cupcakes - Dreamy cinnamon and vanilla cupcakes with Cinnabon Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting and a sugary churro on top! To date, these churro cupcakes are my favorite dessert yet!

All week, I’ve been dreaming of a churro and I finally had to stop by El Paso to get one! I’ve had my fair share of Mexican sweets for the month, but I’ve been wanting more. Since today is Cinco de Mayo, I wanted to make something extra fun and share these amazing cupcakes because everyone loves the traditional Spanish and Mexican churro crullers doughnuts dessert.

The cupcake batter is pretty simple. It starts with butter, sugar and the usual dry flour mixture. However, this recipe uses both heavy cream and full-fat sour cream. The result? An incredibly moist cupcake that tastes better than any boxed version out there and I’m pretty such it’s better than any Mexican or American bakery churro cupcake I’ve tried before.

I couldn’t make a Churro Cupcake without indulging in Churros so I added on to the top with a little frosting pipe to get it to stick just right. I just love that the first bite is the churro on top. It left me fully engaged and ready to take a lick of the frosting!

Churro Cupcakes - Dreamy cinnamon and vanilla cupcakes with Cinnabon Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting and a sugary churro on top! To date, these churro cupcakes are my favorite dessert yet!

How to Make Churro Cupcakes

  1. Beat sugar and butter on medium-high speed until creamy in a medium bowl.
  2. Mix in eggs.
  3. Mix in vanilla extract, salt, baking soda, powder, and cinnamon.
  4. Stir in heavy cream.
  5. Mix in flour and sour cream.
  6. Fill muffin tins ½ full of cupcake batter.
  7. Bake in 350°F oven for 22 minutes.
  8. Cool on wire rack.
  9. Beat powdered sugar, cream cheese, and butter. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla and cinnamon and beat until smooth.
  10. Pipe frosting onto cupcake.
  11. Top with churro.
Churro Cupcakes - Dreamy cinnamon and vanilla cupcakes with Cinnabon Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting and a sugary churro on top! To date, these churro cupcakes are my favorite dessert yet!

Churro Cupcake Ingredients

Butter: Butter make everything taste better but it especially adds flavor to the muffin portion. Make sure it’s at room temperature to ensure even baking and beating.

Sugar: Both granulated sugar and powdered sugar are used. Granulated sugar adds just the right about of sweetness without the need for brown sugar or molasses thanks to the cinnamon that’s mixed right into the batter.

Flour: All-purpose flour works best. Spoon the flour into a measuring cup and level it off with a knife.

Eggs: Whisk in the eggs one at a time until fully incorporated. This will add richness and some moisture to the wet batter.

Flavoring: I’ve kept it pretty simple with vanilla extract. Use a good quality extract or Mexican vanilla.

Cinnamon: There is cinnamon in the batter, in the frosting, and I even sprinkle it on top for garnish. Cinnamon adds a warm taste and aroma to this dessert so don’t forget to use it throughout the process.

Churros: Since this recipe does use churros and since I know they are not readily available pre-made in grocery stores throughout the US, there are a few choices on where to get them. First, most Mexican restaurants have them! Go ahead and place and order to be picked up.  Also, Walmart sells the boxed mix. Search for them in the ethnic food isle. Another option is to go online and buy the mix. I use this mix here – Tres Estrellas Churros Flour Mix. Of course, you could always do a homemade version, too!

Dairy: Cream cheese, full fat sour cream, and heavy cream all have a purpose in this recipe. The sour cream and heavy whipping cream add a lot of moisture to the cake that is noticeable with each bite. To make the churro frosting, which by the way is just heavenly, I’m using powdered sugar. Be sure using beaters in a large bowl or a bowl of a stand mixer to smooth the frosting.

Churro Cupcakes - Dreamy cinnamon and vanilla cupcakes with Cinnabon Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting and a sugary churro on top! To date, these churro cupcakes are my favorite dessert yet!

Let’s talk about this frosting! It’s pretty incredible and tastes just like Cinnabon’s secret recipe. Although that wasn’t my intention when making these, it sort of worked out that way! You’ll want to keep this decadent cream cheese frosting on hand for future recipes!

A churro cupcake frosted in beautiful ribbons and dusted with cinnamon sugar on top with a small piece of churro.

How will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year?



Churro Cupcakes

Churro Cupcakes – Dreamy cinnamon and vanilla cupcakes with Cinnabon Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting and a sugary churro on top! To date, these churro cupcakes are my favorite dessert yet!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: churro cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 16 cupcakes
Calories: 326kcal


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup full fat sour cream

For the Frosting

  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 package Churro Mix or store bought churros


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners; set aside.
  • In a bowl fit with a mixer, beat sugar and butter until creamed, about 3 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Increase speed to medium. Mix for 3 minutes.  
  • Mix in vanilla extract, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  • Slowly mix in heavy cream.
  • Mix in flour, a little at a time.
  • Mix in sour cream until incorporated.
  • Spoon batter into muffin tin ½ full.
  • Bake in oven 350°F for about 22 minutes or until the center of the cupcake comes out clean with a toothpick. Allow to cool completely.
  • Beat softened butter, cinnamon, and confectioners' sugar for 3-5 minutes.
  • Beat in ¼ softened cream cheese at a time.
  • Beat in vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Beat for an additional 3 minutes.  
    Fill a cupcake liner bag with frosting.
  • Refrigerate frosting for about 30 minutes.
  • Use a cupcake tip (such as a Russian Cake Tip) to frost cupcakes.  
    Make churros and top cupcake with a small piece of it using leftover frosting to get it to stick to the top.


Use store bought Churro Mix (walmart/amazon) and follow package directions to make churros.  Roll in cinnamon sugar when done, then cut into small pieces. Churros can also be found at most Mexican restaurants already pre-made.
Use Russian Ball Tip (Amazon) to frost cupcakes
I find it easier to work with cold icing. Refrigerate it for 30 minutes if it’s too soft to pipe at the time.


Calories:326kcal | Carbohydrates:48g | Protein:3g | Fat:24g | Saturated Fat:15g | Trans Fat:1g | Cholesterol:88mg | Sodium:233mg | Potassium:131mg | Fiber:1g | Sugar:13g | Vitamin A:821IU | Vitamin C:1mg | Calcium:75mg | Iron:1mg


  • Avatar for Swankyrecipes
    05/06/2017 at 9:56 am

    5 stars
    Wow; what a lovely surprise ! Thank you so much !

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    Luci's Morsels
    05/11/2017 at 12:43 am

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness! I am completely drooling over these cupcakes! They looks both delicious and beautiful. I am dying to taste one! Thanks for sharing! Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

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    Jane @ littlesugarsnaps
    05/11/2017 at 4:15 am

    5 stars
    i absolutely love how you’ve piped the icing – what nozzle does that? Also, you’re pics are gorgeous – you’ve brought out the crisp & crunchy nature of those sugary churrs perfectly.

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    05/11/2017 at 6:02 am

    They had a full tray of cupcakes at work yesterday and I drooling and dreaming of making some of my own, ASAP. And….well…these Churro Cupcakes look like they’ll be the perfect recipe for this weekend to cave into my craving! They look amazing!

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    05/11/2017 at 6:13 am

    5 stars
    Soo yummy!! I love it!!!

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    05/12/2017 at 3:11 pm

    5 stars
    Ohhhh my goodness these looks incredible! Cinnamon sugar churros -yes! Cinnabon Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting- YES! And how generously you frosted them?! Eeeee I wish I could reach into my computer and grab all of these. They sound so amazing.

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    Veena Azmanov
    05/12/2017 at 4:46 pm

    5 stars
    These look so good.. Love the way you piped them and that drizzling chocolate..!! Yum.

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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    05/13/2017 at 4:39 pm

    5 stars
    These look stunning. I just got another set of Russian piping tips and am anxious to try them out. I will be the first to admit I have never tried a churro!! Crazy right???

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    05/13/2017 at 6:03 pm

    I am out of words!! These are one of the most gorgeous cupcakes I have seen!! I certainly love it because I totally crave churros every time I see it!!

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    Kylee from Kylee Cooks
    05/13/2017 at 6:07 pm

    5 stars
    WHOA. That frosting is MILE HIGH and perfect! Such an amazing looking cupcake. I need you to come and make cupcakes with me, then tell everyone that I did it. These look fab.

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    Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife
    05/13/2017 at 8:14 pm

    Two things I love – churros and cupcakes – in one amazing dessert? Yes, please! That frosting is amazing! I love how you piped the frosting. My kids would just LOVE this recipe. Thanks!

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    05/13/2017 at 8:50 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! How did you come up with this? It looks and sounds incredible!

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    Adriana Lopez Martn
    05/14/2017 at 2:00 am

    5 stars
    Fantastic I love churros so this is definitely a must try. You got all the flavors going here. And yoru pictures are so pretty =)

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    Daniela Anderson
    05/14/2017 at 8:47 am

    5 stars
    Oh my! That frosting is too good, such an incredibly beautiful decoration! I couldn’t stop eating these cupcakes, pure heaven!

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    Christine - Jar Of Lemons
    05/14/2017 at 7:41 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness, these look like the best EVER! Drooling. I was just telling my husband how I’ve been craving churro’s lately, so these are perfect!

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    05/14/2017 at 8:29 pm

    5 stars
    This Cupcake is so delicious two delicious treat in a single bite, churro are my favorite. Not only yum l but also gorgeous dessert for any party.

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    Sandhya Ramakrishnan
    05/14/2017 at 9:16 pm

    This is a torture and I can’t believe what I am seeing! I am just so tempted to grab one and eat. Love the flavors of the cupcake and the frosting and you have frosted them so beautifully! I love the sour cream in the cupcake recipe and it sure makes it very moist.

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    valmg @ From Val's Kitchen
    05/14/2017 at 9:48 pm

    Wow, these look just fantastic! I wish I could grab a tall cold glass of milk and reach through the screen and take one of those right this minute!

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    05/14/2017 at 10:29 pm

    These looks beautiful! Churro cup cakes sounds very delicious:) love to try with vegan options!

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    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    05/15/2017 at 6:17 am

    What gorgeous cupcakes!! I love how you iced them too. What kind of tip did you use? I would certainly love to make these cupcakes for a special occasion!!

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