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Day 223 – Churro Cupcakes

11 Mar

Ah. The dream of summer.  Or of vacation.  Somewhere warmer.  Sunnier.  Snow-free.  Somewhere you can buy that yummy deep-fried stick of dough coated in cinnamon and sugar.

Or, churro, if you prefer.  Yes.  So.  Good.  Churro Cupcakes (recipe below from The Novice Chef).  How could I not?

Cinnamon-Cupcake     Mini-Cinnamon-Cupcake

The cupcakes are short and dense, and pretty squishy. They have a very strong cinnamon flavor. Sweet cinnamon. The top of the cupcake is tougher than the inside, a lot like a churro.

Note: The minis aren’t quite as flavor-packed as the full-sized.


The frosting is thick and smooth, with really pretty cinnamon specks. It tastes like a cream cheese frosting with a hint of cinnamon. It’s not as strong as the cupcake, flavor-wise. But it’s yummy.

Churro-cupcake     Mini-Churro-Cupcake

This is a churro cupcake, no doubt about it. For anyone who hasn’t been fortunate enough to have a churro, it’s essentially a stick of fried dough rolled in cinnamon and sugar, served with a dulce de leche sauce. This cupcake nails it. The soft dulce on top really brings it all together. It’s sweet, but not aggressively so. It’s chewy. It’s yummy.

Churro-Cupcake-top     Mini-Churro-cupcake-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4.5
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 20.5


Churro Cupcakes (recipe from The Novice Chef)


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 (1 stick) cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For directions visit The Novice Chef.

*Tomorrow: Nutella Cupcakes*

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