Happy Cinco de Mayo! To celebrate this festive holiday I thought I'd share a yummy and easy churro cupcake recipe that I'm sure you and your family will LOVE! If you love the taste of churros, but don't love that they're deep fried, then this easy churro cupcake recipe is for you. All the flavor without all the hassle.
Cream Cheese Frosting? Check.
I mean, what more do you really need?
First off, let me start out by saying that I originally came across my first churro cupcake recipe while cruising around Pinterest. I pinned it, printed it out, and planned on making it. But once I read through the recipe a few times I had a couple questions that went unanswered. So I googled "churro cupcake recipe" and man, did I get a lot of hits! So then I started reading, and decided to make my own version of the online recipes I found. Don't get me wrong, they were all pretty much the same awesome recipe, with a minor tweak here and there. And my version isn't much different. I just wanted you to know that my version is really just a mish mosh of the many recipes I found online.
So here goes.
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups cake flour (I use Swan Down brand)*
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 sticks UNSALTED butter (room temperature)
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs (room temperature)
1 1/4 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 stick (salted) butter, softened
1 8 oz. bar of cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups confectioners' powdered sugar
Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
1/8 cup (2 heaping tablespoons) granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
3. In one bowl combine all-purpose flour, baking flour, salt and cinnamon.
4. In a large bowl, or standing mixer bowl, use mixer to cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
5. Add eggs, one at a time until combined, and then beat in the vanilla.
6. On low speed, add flour mixture to butter and sugar mixture in three batches. Alternate those batches with one half of the milk, beating till combined after each addition. (i.e., flour, milk, flour, milk, flour).
7. Fill cupcake liners one half to three quarters full depending on the size of your tins. My tins were large, so I only filled them about half way full.
8. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out dry.
9. Cool on wire racks.
1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese together.
2. Add vanilla and cinnamon.
3. Add confectioners' sugar, one cup at a time, making sure it's completely incorporated before adding the next cup, until all 5 cups are added.
4. Once cupcakes have completely cooled, either spread or pipe (I piped) icing on top of each cupcake.
NOTE: Since the icing is made with cream cheese, the cupcakes need to be refrigerated once they've been iced.
For Final Topping:
1. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small pinch cup or ramekin.
2. Sprinkle mixture on top of each cupcake after it's been frosted.
I love to put my pretty cupcakes on display stands and in cloches.
Not that they last very long in this house.
You can also use colorful cupcake tin liners, and maybe stick a cute favor on top, too, to make it just a bit more festive.
But if my kids' reactions are any indication, it won't matter if you decorate them or not. They are da bomb.
And remember, it doesn't have to be Cinco de Mayo in order for you to make these awesomely delicious churro cupcakes!
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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