Pumpkin Churro Cupcakes - Lady Behind The Curtain

Celebrate Fall with these Pumpkin Churro Cupcakes with Cinnamon Chocolate Frosting!

Pumpkin and chocolate, these two flavors are a match made in foodie heaven.

The cupcake is a spicy pumpkin cupcake sprinkled with a crunchy cinnamon sugar topping.  The frosting is a fluffy chocolate cinnamon treat.

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Pumpkin Churro Cupcakes with Cinnamon Chocolate Frosting

Preparation 30 minutes 2017-10-18T00:30:00+00:00 Cook Time 25 minutes 2017-10-18T00:25:00+00:00 Serves 36 Cupcakes     adjust servings

Not just for Fall for any occasion.


For the Cupcake

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 - 15 ounce can solid pack pumpkin
  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 cup buttermilk

For the Crunchy Topping

  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For Cinnamon Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 8 ounces (1 brick) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk (if desired)
  • Optional Fall Sprinkles


    For the Cupcakes:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Fill muffin cups with 36 paper liners and set aside.
    3. Cream butter and sugar until light a fluffy.
    4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    5. Add pumpkin.
    6. Combine the flour, pie spice, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and ginger; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating mixture well after each addition.
    7. Fill paper-lined muffin cups three fourths full.
    8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    9. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

    For the 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 the Cinnamon Chocolate Frosting:

    1. In a medium bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until light.
    2. Mix in vanilla, cinnamon and cocoa; 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.
    4. Pipe on frosting.
    5. Optional: Add Fall sprinkles and sprinkle any remaining sugar cinnamon mixture leftover from the crunchy topping.

    Recipe Notes

    This is a LBC original!



    Pumpkin Churro Cupcakes with Cinnamon Chocolate Frosting — 22 Comments

    1. Those cupcakes look yummy! I love churros, and so does my son. Thanks so much for the challenge, it was lots of fun. I look forward to checking out all the other recipes!

    2. Your cupcakes look wonderful! Looking forward to seeing all the pumpkin and cream cheese recipes. I’m sorry I missed the challenge this month. It’s been a crazy month and I’m just trying to keep up! I’ll have to catch up for next month’s challenge.

    3. These look so fantastic (I love the little leaf sprinkles!) and that’s another flavour combination I’ll have to try: pumpkin and chocolate.
      I really enjoyed this month’s challenge, since I’ve never worked with pumpkin or cream cheese before and I really didn’t know how well they go down. Turns out very well. I was so pleased and would never had attempted anything like it if it wasn’t for this blog challenge. Shame then that whilst I got the post up I missed the party. ^^; Silly me.

    4. Sounds very tasty, Sheryl! And, you always decorate your desserts so good. Thanks for this challenge, I look forward to it every month. Will there be new ingredients for next year or will they repeat?

    5. These cupcakes looks absolutely flawless! I love the fun leaf sprinkles that you found and I’m loving the chocolate frosting. Yummo, can I have one now? Nothing like a little chocolate to send me off to bed 🙂

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