Churro Cupcakes: Transform your favorite cinnamon treat into a cupcake! Next time you have a fiesta make sure you add these Churro Cupcakes to the dessert list. Like the snickerdoodle this cupcake is full of cinnamon flavor and is topped with a delicious light and fluffy CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING. Add a sombrero topper and you have a cupcake worthy of a Fiesta Party or a Cinco de Mayo Celebration!
Another layer of flavor Bonus…TOASTED COCONUT
Tips for Tender Moist Cupcakes
Good ingredients equals great taste. To send your guests straight to cupcake heaven use only the best ingredients. Like real butter, real vanilla and dark dutch cocoa.
Never over bake a cupcake. You can never save an over baked cupcake. You’re doing it right when your cupcakes look slightly sunken, rather than peaked. Test them with a toothpick if you’re unsure–if no batter clings to the pick, they’re done.
Mix batter with a light hand. Baking fluffy, moist cupcakes is all about creating air bubbles in your batter that expand in the oven. If you over mix your batter, you collapse those bubbles. To avoid this mix on a low speed, stopping just as all ingredients blend.
Let all ingredients come to room temperature before baking. All ingredients incorporate into batter mush more easily if they’re at similar temperatures.
Baking in advance? Freeze cupcakes. If you’re baking to eat right away, we recommend storing cupcakes at room temperature. But if they’re for tomorrow, freezing will retain their moisture much better than leaving them on a counter overnight.
How to Store Frosting
Tips for a Light and Fluffy Frosting
Good ingredients “real” butter not margarine
Room temperature ingredients
Be patient…you’ll need to whip the frosting at least 3 to 5 minutes (sometimes I do this step twice). This will allow air to incorporate into the butter and create the lightness you want.
That’s it! It’s really not as hard as you might think.
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I LOVE your Churros recipe!
Would LOVE to have some shipped if you please lol lol
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Where do you get the little sumbreos cupcake topper at
Hi Nihan, the company no longer makes the cupcake toppers. A lot of people are getting candy molds and making them from candy melts.
Wow, the cupcakes look gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your churros recipe. I would surly try this!
I love the little hat embellishment. These look terrific!
I found your cupcakes on Shaken Together. I love churros so these look like a perfect Cinqo de Mayo dessert! I pinned!
These cupcakes are super creative. I love the taste of churros and as a cupcake fantastic idea… so cute with the sombrero thanks for sharing them on foodie friday.
What a great idea. We’re planning on hosting a bake sale for No Kid Hungry and I think we’ll have to have these! Thank you for sharing!
On today’s Celebration Sundays I’ve collected an amazing group of 20 Cinco de Mayo recipes. This is one of them!! Don’t miss it!! Thanks, Nichi – The Mandatory Mooch http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/04/celebration-sundays-cinco-de-mayo.html
Oh my goodness these are just the cutest cupcakes!!!!! What an ADORABLE idea!!!!!!! And they look delicious, too!
These are so cool I love them. It would be great if you came and linked up the recipe at
Thankyou so much xxx
You had me at Churro! How awesome and creative. How cute are these!
Where did you find the cute little sombreros?
Hi Denise, I’m so sorry I don’t remember. I know I ordered them on line. I got them last year and well the memeory isn’t that great anymore. 🙂
ALLLL RIGHTY THEN, I’m comin’ after you and will be poking you in the eye with a sharp stick!!! Just joshing ya, but I am sad you don’t remember where the sombreros came from. Hubby & I will be celebrating our Wedding Anniversary this October. These little pillows of fun filled heaven would be so much fun for the dessert as we’re having a fiesta theme.
OH WAIT, I now see where you responded to Rita with a site that carries them. You’ve been saved from pain worse then death…;)
Thank you, I’m sure these will be a hit with our guests.
I bought cute little sombrero chocolate molds and made my own festive toppers.
That’s cool Lisa! Share them on Instagram with the hashtag ladybehindthecurtain so I can see them. ?
Love these cupcakes. Never have seen this flavor cupcake and the decorating was cute! Found you on the link party at Flour Me With Love! Please share on our Tuesday Brag About It! Love to see this wonderful link.
Very best wishes from both of us! Sharon and Denise
Having a Cinco De Mayo Fiesta this week-end, going to make these, they look incredible. Where do I find the hats?
Hi Rita, I’m sorry I don’t remember where I got them. I’m almost certain I ordered them. I did find a site that has them if you want to order them. http://www.abakersplace.com/cupcake-decorations-cinco-de-mayo.html 🙂
Thanks so much for this recipe! I made a test batch today before an upcoming Cinco de Mayo party, and they’re amazing. The only thing I did was add a bit more vanilla and cinnamon to the batter, just to make sure the flavors really came through. The butter and cinnamon-sugar topping is the perfect finishing touch 🙂
I would love to make these….but in my pantry right now i have no cake flour, can i just substitute more regular flour?
Hi Victoria, Yes, you can us all-purpose flour. I have done that many times. 🙂
Does this mean you add 3 cups of all-purpose in all?
Yes Brianna it does. 🙂
Is there any cake mix you could use in a pinch?
Hi Jenny, You could use a vanilla, white or yellow cake mix and add 1 tablespoon of cinnamon to the batter.
These are AMAZING! My nine-year old daughter said this is her new favorite cupcake and she wants me to make them for her birthday (which isn’t until January – ha)! So creative and absolutely delicious. Everyone I made them for LOVES them and has asked for the recipe!
Where did you get the tiny hats!?
Hi Savannah, I’m sorry I don’t remember where I got them. I’m almost certain I ordered them. I did find a site that has them if you want to order them. http://www.abakersplace.com/cupcake-decorations-cinco-de-mayo.html 🙂
Awesome thank you! I’ll have to look for it for next year! Made them for this weekend, huge hit! Thanks!
Do you have to refrigerate these cupcakes since they have cream cheese in the frosting?
Yes, refrigerate until ready to serve. Thanks for visiting! 🙂
Can you wait to ice them until ready to serve if you have the icing premade, the next day.
Sure Debbi that would be fine. 🙂
I would like to make this for my son
Terrific cupcake idea! I am making these for my daughter’s 20th birthday–churros are one of her fav treats. In a pinch, I used a yellow cake mix and just added vanilla and cinnamon to the batter. Delicious! Next time I’ll try your recipe. Thank you!
These came out delicious! I did change up the rising a bit. Added 3 tablespoons of coconut cream instead of milk and up’s the cinnamon by 1/2. I got lots of compliments on these and a special request to make them again. Thank you!
I just made these tonight and they came out very delish! Going by what my mother said, I tested the batter but she ate the cupcake as this is my diet day. She thought it was really good. I used all cake flour and added a pinch of ground cloves and added a splash of dark rum to the melted butter. I didn’t try the frosting as I did not have cream cheese on hand but I do want to try that next time. Awesome recipe and had the taste of a churro. Love this and would make again.
I made these for my daughters fiesta themed birthday party! They were a huge hit and got lots of compliments! I couldn’t find the sombreros so I used a chocolate mustache mold and put chocolate mustaches on top!!
That sounds adorable. Love it! 🙂
Made these for a group today and they were a big hit! 🙂 Thank you for the recipe. Only thing was that 5 cups of powdered sugar was too much frosting. I realized this half-way through sifting in the powdered sugar. I ended up adding the milk (to weaken the sweetness a little), a little nutmeg, and leaving the frosting as it was texture-wise. The texture was between icing and frosting-like, which was my fault, but the taste was perfect! Not too sweet, just how I like it. Thanks again! Great recipe. Will be making again in the future.
This is an amazing recipe! Made them for my sisters Mexican themed bachelorette party and they were a huge hit – everyone asked for recipe! Followed recipe exactly. Will definitely be making more from this website.
Thanks! I’m so glad they worked out for your sisters party. 🙂
How many does one batch make?
Hi Paige, The recipe states 28 cupcakes. 🙂
i made half of the recipe for a party and they turned out GREAT!
What type of milk do you use for the cupcakes?
Hi Ally, Whatever milk you have on hand. I used 2%. 🙂
These look amazing! I love the little dollops of frosting! What frosting tip did you use?
Thanks Annie, I used tip #4B.
These cupcakes were delicious! huge hit at a cinco de mayo themed baby shower!!! this recipe is staying in my book!!!
YAY! I’m so glad everyone liked them. 🙂
I made these for my niece’s graduation party. They were a hit! They are moist and flavorful. My niece said they tasted like “Cinnamon Toast Crunch with out the bowl”. I eill be making these again soon. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Jennifer! That’s what I like to hear! 🙂
THESE CUPCAKES ARE AMAZING. I AM GLAD YOU HAVE SHARED THEM I AM GOING TO TRY THEM NEXT YEAR ON CINCO DE MAYO
They are pretty tasty. Thanks 🙂
These just look incredible! Can’t wait to make them 🙂
Thanks, Your guests will love them. 🙂
Hi Sheryl can you please share with me what you use to make the little hats…Thank you
The hats are plastic cupcake toppers and can’t be purchased any longer.
I made these for work months ago and people are still talking about them. Matter of fact, I was asked to make them for a toddler’s birthday party tomorrow. This recipe is a hit! BTW, I didn’t do the cinnamon sugar topping the first time, but will this time. Thanks for sharing with us.
Thank you! That’s what I like to hear. 🙂
I just made these, but halfed the recipe and veganized them, and omg they are delicious! The top was like an awesome cookie then super soft inside. Making them for my boyfriend’s birthday, I hope he likes them as much as I do!
Hi Julie, That’s awesome! I hope he likes them too! 🙂
Hi I am looking to make just 1 dozen of these, do you think I could just cut everything in half ? What do you recommend !
Hi Ashely, That’s what I do when I don’t need as much as a recipe makes. I know some bakers disagree with this. But it works for me. Good Luck! 🙂
Would these make good vanilla cupcakes, if you leave out the cinnamon from the batter? Need to make vanilla and churro cupcakes, and looking to save some time. Thanks!
Yes Isabel, I think that will work for you.
Can we replace the all purpose with cake flour?
Or vice versa?
Hi Yesenia, Here is what I read about switching out the flours. 1 cup of cake flour is equivalent to 1 cup of all purpose flour minus 2 tablespoons (1 cup – 2 tbsp)
1 cup of all purpose flour is equivalent to 1 cup of cake flour plus 2 tablespoons (1 cup + 2 tbsp) “substitute at your own risk”.
Oh wow! I made these today in mini cupcake form and they were a HUGE hit! They got so many compliments, I’ve already got people requesting I make them again! Thanks for the fantastic recipe, I’ll be baking them up again soon!
Awww…thanks Megan for this nice review. I’m so glad everyone liked the cupcakes.
hi! Love this idea for a taco bar party as a dessert. I’m sorry if someone already asked this question, but I didn’t see it if they did: for the cupcake part of the recipe, do you mean one and a quarter cups milk? Or did you mean one quarter cup of milk? TIA!
Hi Kendall, The measurement is 1 1/4 cups of milk. In the future if you are confused by the measurement look for cup or cups. If is says cups then you know I mean all that is stated. I hope this helps. 🙂
If I wanted to do mini cupcakes of these – how long do you think I should bake them for?
Hi Jenny, Start at 12 minutes and work up from there.
These are adorable! I have GOT to make these! Love their little sombreros!
I found this recipe on Pinterest as I searched for some cupcakes to go with my Mexican fiesta theme. I don’t usually come back to write reviews but I had to let you know how delicious these cupcakes turned out! I didn’t have cake flour so even after substituting a bit of cornstarch, mine turned out a little dense but super tasty nonetheless. The frosting was great although I used salted butter and wish I hadn’t just to reduce sodium. I added dulce de leche filling in the middle of each cupcake which turned them up a notch. So good, thanks for sharing this recipe!
Dear BakerBee, I’m so glad you liked the cupcakes. I love the idea of adding dulce de leche. 🙂
Your food styling is second to none. Keep it up.
where can I get the sombreros?
Hi Jo Ann, I’m sorry but the sombreros are no longer being made.
Where did you get the cupcake liners?
I found them at Michael’s.
wondering if I could make it as a cake instead of cupcakes
Hi Jill, I don’t see why not. 🙂
About how many does this make?
Hi Kell, This recipe makes 28 Churro Cupcakes. 🙂
I love this idea! I came across it on pinterest! I recently started a blog and placed this item in my “Top 5 Must Haves For A Cinco De Mayo Party” post because I think it is awesome! I gave you credit on my page here is the link Top 5 Must Haves For A Cinco De Mayo Party
Please let me know if this is ok!
Hi Bassie, Thanks…I’m glad you like the recipe. Other bloggers sharing my work is never a bad thing. Thanks again! 🙂
Hi Sheryl! Thanks for the recipe. I’m going to make them in the morning and when they cool, I’m going to fill them with dulce de leche. Then I’ll do the topping and then hide the hole with the frosting. Thanks again.
Hi Linda, That sounds wonderful!
Getting ready to make this, but just noticed you list 2 tablespoons of sugar for dusting as part of the cupcake ingredients, but I didn’t see reference to dusting in the directions (other than the topping, which also has sugar listed)…did I miss something?
Hi Stephanie, No, that was there in error. I deleted it. Enjoy! 🙂
These are so cute. ButI have a question, If I were to make these the night before an event, how would I store them overnight?
Hi Jasmin, Store them in an airtight container on your counter.
These cupcakes are amazing! Easy recipe to follow and yet the end result is unique and creative; and most importantly they taste delicious! Everytime I’ve made these (now atleast 6 or 7 times) they get raving reviews.
Thanks so much for sharing your recipes 🙂 Can’t wait to try out more!
P.S. Can I use this cupcake mixture (minus the cinnamon) for the Twinkie cupcakes? I don’t like to use packet mixes, but I really want to make them! Any suggestions?
Awwww…that’s awesome Tania. Yes, I think you can use this recipe for the twinkie cupcakes just omit the cinnamon. Good Luck! 🙂
YUM! My husband really doesn’t care for sweets, especially cake, but he LOVES these! I made them a month ago, and he’s been badgering me to make them again ever since. And well, here I am, ready for round 2 of these delicious cupcakes 🙂 Thanks for such a great recipe!
Hi Elena, That’s awesome! Thanks. 🙂
For the icing did you use unsalted butter as well?
Hi Brittany, I used unsalted butter.
I’m so excited to make these! I just have a question before I get started, if I’m in a high altitude location, do I need to alter the recipe in anyway to avoid deflated cupcakes? Tia!
Hi Ashlee, Here is what Betty Crocker has to say about baking in high altitude.
So excited to try these for a themed birthday party. I saw you comment already that you use the 4B pastry tip but how did you pipe it? Is it squeezed from the center in one spot and it comes out like that in the picture? Any advice? They look so great!
Hi Abbey, I start in the center and in a circular motion work my way to the out side edge of the cupcake.
I made these last night for a Mexican-themed party! Instead of the sombrero (which you can buy on-line) I put a piece of Chili-chocolate bar on the top! The chocolate was spicy, dark chocolate, which I though would be a Mexican “flavor”. They were a hit! Wish I could post a picture!
Hi! I’m so happy your cupcakes were a hit. I love the addition of the chocolate. Since this was your first time commenting I have to approve you before your comment will show up. I only have to do that once and then your comments will go through. You wouldn’t believe some of the stuff that comes through. HA! 🙂
I have used this recipe several times, and I love it every time. It’s a big hit for everyone I make if for.
Thanks Dora! I’m so glad everyone enjoys this recipe. 🙂
Where can I find these amazing cupcake liners?! It would be perfect for my mothers birthday that I am throwing her this year!
Hi Sabrina, I found the cupcake liners at either Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.
I have seen those liners at Hobby Lobby
That’s where I saw them too Terri. 🙂
These sound great the Churro Cupcakes, do you have any idea where i can get the sombrero’s?
Sorry Shari, As far I know they have been discontinued.
I made these for Cinco de Mayo potluck at work today. Everyone loved them! Thank you for the recipe.
Awesome Joanie! I’m so glad they liked them. Thanks for letting me know. 🙂
These are so delicious! But I forgot them in the oven for a few extra minutes so the edges came out a little crispy:( but I will be trying to bake them again! The frosting is amazing! Everything tastes so good.
Glad you like the recipe Amanda….sorry about the crispy edges.
The 2nd time I made these they came out perfect! So delicious. I just baked them a few minutes less this time.
I really love the frosting. Id like to have a recipe for cream cheese frosting for other cupcakes. Can I just leave out the cinnamon and use that as a cream cheese frosting? Or is that wrong?
I would like cream cheese frosting. Can I just leave out the cinnamon or would I need a different recipe?
Sure Amanda, the cinnamon is there for flavor.
I made these for my coworkers for Cinco De Mayo this year and everyone keeps asking me when I’m planning to make them again. These cupcakes and the frosting are so yummy!
Thanks Jennie….I’m glad everyone enjoyed them. 🙂
To make these cupcakes even more delicious, after the cakes were cool, and before I added the frosting, I filled them with slightly warmed dulce de leche. Talk about decadent!!
That does sound delicious Carol Ann!
I am new to baking… Haha so what exactly does this mean?
Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of milk, and beating until combined after each
Hi Nicole, It means add flour, milk, flour, milk, flour. 🙂
These Churro cupcakes are one of the best that I have ever tasted! Easy to make and so so good! Thanks for sharing!
Awww….thanks Stephanie! I’m so glad you liked them as much as I do.
Where can i buy these adorable sombrero toppers? So cute!!
Unfortunately the sombrero toppers are no longer available.
Made these for my granddaughter’s first Fiesta! Got rave reviews! I did add extra cinnamon to the cupcakes and the icing. I doubled the cinnamon crunch topping.
Yay! So glad everyone loved them!
Made these last week for a group of 13 year old girls and they were a big hit. I am making them again for a party. This recipe is one of the best tasting cupcakes I have ever had. Thank you for sharing!
WooHoo! Thanks Beth! 🙂
Hi I only want to make 16 cupcakes. Can I just half the recipe? And for those wondering I sound the Mexican hats on Amazon.
Hi Candace, Sure you can half the recipe. I’ve been searching for more of those hats for ages. Would you add the link? Thanks!
Can you make these a day ahead of time and leave in fridge and do topping the day of? We also have to drive a couple of hours the day of so will it be ok sitting out for those two hours?
This Churro recipe is sooo Good! My hubby is Addicted! Haha… but I have one problem, every time I’ve made these the icing comes out watery. What could I be doing wrong? Maybe the butter?? Help please!
Hi Liz, If you’re using margarine instead of butter that would cause the frosting to be thinner. Also, don’t add the milk unless you need to, or maybe your butter is too soft. If that’s the case, place the mixing bowl with the frosting in it into the refrigerator until the butter solidifies a bit. Then mix the frosting again until it becomes light and fluffy.
Hi what be the time for baking if i wanted to make this a cake instead of cupcakes?
Thank u 🙂
Hi Angie, I would start at 28 to 30 minutes for layers and 30 to 35 minutes for a 9×13.
If I make these ahead of may 5th can I freeze them?
Hi Teresa, I freeze cupcake batter, baked cupcakes and frosting all the time. I think you could even get away with freezing the baked cupcakes with the frosting.
I’d like to make these for my daughter’s sweet table. How far in advance could I make these?
Hi Dina, What I do is make the batter and frosting a few days before. Store them in the refrigerator until I’m ready to bake and frost. I set the batter and frosting out on the counter to come to room temperature. Bake the cupcakes, place the frosting back into a mixing bowl and whip it for a few minutes to add air back into the frosting.
I do not normally leave comments or reviews, but these were by far my favorite cupcakes of all time. The frosting alone is addictive, but the blend of the cake, cinnamon sugar topping AND frosting was amazing. I will not disclose the amount of frosting I most certainly did not consume!!! Great recipe, will make again and again.
WooHoo Thanks Candice! I’m glad you love the recipe as much as I do! Thanks for the awesome review! ♥
Yummy. Yummy. My mouth is watering. I want to eat that!
Hi! 5 cups of powdered sugar sounds like it would make a ton of frosting lol. But it doesn’t look like you have a lot of frosting on the cupcakes. So I’m just wondering if you use it all?
Hi Julie, Yes I used it all. The cupcake recipe makes 36 cupcakes.
Hi, I am making these cupcakes for my Kentucky Derby / Cinco party. I’m making them soon, so I’m freezing them. My question is do I put the topping on, before I freeze them, or do it after they thaw out and then do the crunchy topping, and then frost ?
Hi Sheila, I would wait until the cupcakes are defrosted.
Made these for a pool party. My daughter’s friend (the host) does not do sweets. At all. He did these!!! Used brown butter cinnamon frosting and added a churro on top. They are awesome!
They shrunk a bit though. How long should the butter and sugar be mixed? Need to know for next time, because there will be a next time.
Hi Gina, I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. It’s one of my favorites. Whip the butter and sugar until the butter is light and fluffy. Not as long as frosting so about 2 minutes.
Has anyone ever made this recipe as a cake versus cupcakes? If so, did you brush the cake with the butter and sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar on top before icing it? And what kind of piping did you do to it? Thanks!
Hi Becky, I haven’t made it into a cake. I would definitely brush on the melted butter and add the cinnamon/sugar topping. It adds such a nice crunch. Piping on the frosting is an option. Spreading would work too. Piping uses more frosting then spreading so you might need to make a littler extra frosting. I love the idea of making these delicious cupcakes into a cake!
How would you make this frosting with shortening? I have someone requesting that I make them and ship them, yet I feel the cream cheese would not hold up well. Any suggestions?
Hi Lauren, Not only would it not hold it wouldn’t be safe to eat. Cream cheese frosting should be refrigerated. Here is one of my favorite shortening frosting recipes. It should hold up. Bakery White Frosting
whered you get the hats?!?!?!?!?!?!
Hi, I found them at a local bakery supply shop. The cupcake toppers are no longer available.
Where did you get the mini sombreros
I got them years ago at a bakery supply store. Unfortunately, since then the company stopped making them.