Churro Cupcakes

All right, all right.  Churro Cupcake time.

Yes, I know that these are not authentic churros.  I am completely aware.  I will make them next year for Cinco de Mayo, I promise, because I really love them, but the thought of cupcakes right now was a little more appealing.  Because?  Because these cupcakes are filled with Dulce de Leche filling (Feel free to make your own from scratch, which I promise to do at some point as well, but I am a studying machine as of late with a dire need for kitchen short-cuts.  And besides, who has time to make everything from scratch all the time anyways? I realize I am not a superhuman. Ha!)

So, my digression is over.  Let me tell you about these cupcakes.  I’m already in the Cinco de Mayo spirit.  These cupcakes fit the bill.  A buttery cinnamon cupcake, dulce de leche filling, fried tortilla strips dusted in cinnamon-sugar, and a cinnamon cream cheese frosting?  There. That’s really all I have to say about them.  Except that I did find myself eating multiples of these, sneaking down in the middle of the night during study breaks to devour with a nice cold glass of milk.  This was a mixture of recipes that I combined for the final product, so I was a little unsure of my selected recipes at first.  And now they are one of my favorite combinations in a cupcake ever.  So worth it.

Churro Cupcakes

Servings: approximately 16 cupcakes


For the cupcakes:

3 cups cake flour

2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

11 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1 and 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 and 1/4 cups whole milk

1 can (14.1 ounces) of store-bought Dulce de Leche (or make your own)

For the frosting:

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 cups powdered sugar

For the fried tortillas:

Two or three 8-inch flour tortillas, cut longitudinally into 1/2-inch wide strips

Oil, for frying (I used canola.)

1 cup mixture of ground cinnamon and granulated sugar, mixed to your liking of desired sweetness (I do 1/2 cup of each.)


1. For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line your muffin tin with the desired liners of your choice.

3. In a large bowl, mix together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.

4. In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter, cinnamon, and sugar on medium speed until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

5. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

6. Add the vanilla, mixing well.

7.  Reduce the mixer to low speed and add one-third of the flour mixture.

8.  Add one-half of the milk, then alternate with another one-third of the flour mixture.

9.  Add the remaining milk, and then add the last one-third of the flour mixture, mixing until just combined.

10.  Divide the mixture evenly among your prepared pan, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

11. Let the cupcakes cool to room temperature before filling and frosting.

12. For the frosting:  In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

13.  Add the vanilla and cinnamon until well combined.

14. Reduce the mixer to low speed, and gradually add the powdered sugar until mixed.  **Feel free to add more for a thicker consistency.

15. For the fried tortillas: In a deep frying pan, heat the oil (about 3/4-inch in depth) on medium heat until very hot.***I tested this by putting in a small piece of tortilla to make sure it would fry.  I did not try to aim for a specific temperature.

16.  Fry only a few of the tortilla strips at a time, turning them with tongs until lightly browned on both sides (about 5-10 seconds on each side).

17. Place the strips on paper towel, and, while they are still warm, sprinkle both sides generously with the cinnamon-sugar combination.

18. Repeat with the remaining tortilla strips.

19. To assemble the cupcakes:  Using a small mellon baller, or a knife, gently cut a cone-shaped portion of cake out of the center of each cupcake from the top.

20. Using a pastry bag and large round tip (I used Wilton 2A), fill each cupcake with your desired amount of Dulce de Leche.

22. Pipe the frosting over the tops of each cupcake with your desired tip (I used Wilton 1M).

Enjoy, and happy early Cinco De Mayo!


Sources:  Cupcake and churro recipes directly from All Things Cupcake, Frosting recipe directly from Cupcake Project.

April 29, 2011 - 5:41 am

Gwenevere - A simple dessert turns into an all-day baking EVENT when you make it all from scratch. Satisfying yes, (so long as the final product is good) necessary, not always. Keep on studying.

April 29, 2011 - 7:34 am

Blog is the New Black - Girlfriend, these look amazing!!!!!!

April 29, 2011 - 9:03 am

Audrey Ellen @ My Scene and Herd - the idea of fried dough combined with cupcakes has to be a winner.

April 29, 2011 - 9:21 am

Dee - These look awesome! Very creative 🙂

April 29, 2011 - 11:14 am

Shawnda - I love, love the flavor combination!

April 29, 2011 - 11:58 am

Patty - ¡Me encanta – viva México!

April 29, 2011 - 2:55 pm

Yuri - Love the cinnamon speckles in the frosting! YUM!

April 29, 2011 - 4:22 pm

Rooth - Genius!

April 29, 2011 - 5:25 pm

Kathy - Panini Happy - Love this concept!

April 29, 2011 - 6:12 pm

Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls - Oh my! This looks incredible. Can you say party in my mouth!? 🙂

April 29, 2011 - 7:02 pm

Happy When Not Hungry - My mouth is literally watering! These churros cupcakes look amazing! I love churros and I definitely need to try these. What a creative recipe!

April 29, 2011 - 8:46 pm

Caroline - Oh my gosh, these look absolutely delicious! I want!

April 30, 2011 - 11:56 am

Kelsey - What an awesome recipe and terrific presentation!

May 1, 2011 - 7:40 pm

Maris (In Good Taste) - These look amazing!

May 1, 2011 - 11:34 pm

Mindi - These look amazing! What a great idea!

May 2, 2011 - 1:21 am

Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) - Oh my….these look outstanding! I want to make them right now….fried goodness on top of a sweet filled, cupcake!!! I love churros, but have never made them…now I have a reason!

May 2, 2011 - 10:55 am

Robyn {Planet Byn} - i was going to make tres leches cake on thursday….but i think i just changed my mind!!!!!

May 3, 2011 - 5:46 pm

Jennifer @ Raisin Questions - I would definitely vote for these in a “most creative cupcake” contest any day! Awesome!!!

May 4, 2011 - 3:00 am

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May 9, 2011 - 4:50 pm

Robyn {Planet Byn} - okay, i made these last week and they are amazing! i loved them! my friends loved them!

May 15, 2011 - 5:29 pm

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February 23, 2012 - 6:50 pm

Sarah - Thank you. Apparently, I sent a link of this to my husband months ago and told him I needed them for my birthday. My birthday was yesterday and guess what my husband made? I didn’t even remember sending him the link. It was the best surprise ever and they were AMAZING!!!

February 23, 2012 - 7:19 pm

srlacy - That’s AWESOME!

April 28, 2012 - 8:57 pm

Erica - Love the idea! I am making these, and the frosting turned out beautifully and the idea is just so adorable!. Unfortunately, my cupcakes turned out dense and bready 🙁 so I am going to have to use a different cupcake recipe.

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May 1, 2013 - 6:57 pm

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August 23, 2014 - 10:17 am

Milia - I made these for a fiesta themed party last night and they were a hit!I did unfortunately burn half the batch (it made 24 for me) because i left them in for 21 minutes so maybe my oven is too hot?? At Any rate, people loved the 12 I brought and said it was their favorite cupcake ever. I did make a “10 minute cheat sauce” of the dulce de leche from which was delish as well! Thanks for the recipe!