Churro Cupcakes #SundaySupper

Churro Cupcakes #SundaySupper
I turned 26 on my most recent birthday back in January.  But I think that’s a lie.  I think I’m secretly 80.  There’s some kind of Benjamin Button thing going on here.

When did all of my excitement come from things that would excite any grandparent?  I should be young and hip and cool, but instead, I’m constantly referring to things from back in my day.  You know like landlines (which I still prefer to use over my cell phone) and VCRs.  I know all the old music and TV shows and pop culture references that my peers think are something that has been made up for their amusement.

Churro Cupcakes

It seems the vast majority of my day to day happiness comes from things like watching the birds out the window, playing along with games shows, and talking to the TV during talk shows as though I am a valued part of the conversation.

And then there’s the fact that pretty much every time I move some part of my body cracks.  Knees, shoulders, back.  I sound like Rice Krispies – snap, crackle, pop.

I feel like I’ve been an old soul since I was born.  I never rebelled or partied.  I’ve never gone clubbing or been a part of the in crowd.  I’m a misfit who should have been born several decades ago apparently.

Sometimes I wish I was normal.  Just like everyone else, blending right into the crowd.  It would make things so much easier.  It would make life much more bearable because there are a lot of differences we still refuse to accept.

Churro Cupcakes

But then I remind myself that it’s okay, if not good, to be different.  To be me in spite of all the pressure, and there is plenty of pressure, to assimilate.  See, the people who assimilate are not the ones who change the world.  It is the ones who ignore the haters who create computers and Facebook and music.  And I choose to be one of those people, even if some days I have to wage an interior battle to remind myself of this.

Baking is another thing that makes me an old soul.  I enjoy home cooked meals and fresh baked goods that came from my oven.  And these Churro Cupcakes, they are sure to be a hit.

I’ve never actually had a churro, so I can’t compare them flavor wise, but I can tell you that these super cinnamon-y cupcakes are out of this world.  They are so good they don’t even need frosting.  Soft and melt in your mouth with tons of flavor, I could eat the cupcakes all day long.

But I had to make frosting for them because I do love frosting.  I topped them with a chocolate cream cheese frosting since many churros are served with chocolate sauce.  I was afraid the frosting was a little soft and would fall off the cupcakes, but it held up great.  It is super creamy and has the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Together the combination is amazing!  And the cinnamon sugar on top is the totally necessary final touch.

While it might be cool to head out on the town tonight, I think I’ll give in to my old soul and enjoy a cupcake and movie on the sofa instead.

Churro Cupcakes

Churro Cupcakes #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8 cupcakes



½ stick unsalted butter, room temperature

½ cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 large egg

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup sour cream


8 ounce cream cheese, room temperature

½ stick unsalted butter, room temperature

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ cup carob or cocoa powder

3 cups confectioners’ sugar

2-4 tablespoons milk, as needed


3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


Make the cupcakes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 8 wells in a muffin tin with paper liners.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. I did this by hand but a hand or stand mixer will work as well. Beat in the vanilla and egg. Mix in salt, cinnamon, and baking powder until distributed.

Add the flour and sour cream alternately, beginning and ending with the flour. Mix until fully combined. Divided batter evenly among the lined muffin cups using a spoon or ice cream scoop. Bake 16-18 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely in pan.

Once the cupcakes are completely cool, make the frosting. In a large bowl, beat together butter and cream until combined using a hand or stand mixer. Beat in the vanilla, cinnamon, and carob or cocoa powder. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar ½ cup at a time. If at any time the frosting is too thick, add the milk gradually until you achieve the proper consistency. Add more sugar for a thicker frosting and more milk for a thinner one.

Heap frosting on to cupcakes – it makes a lot – use it all! Top with a generous sprinkling of the cinnamon sugar after stirring the topping together in a small bowl.


Additional chilling time is necessary Recipe adapted from Baked by Rachel

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  1. Great post… I know how you feel… I also prefer the landline and my grandmother’s recipes. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Oh, YEAH! The frosting looks amazing!!! Such irresistible cupcakes!

  3. One of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me came from a friend with whom I’d lost contact for a few years, then re-connected a couple years ago–He told me that all while we were in school, he thought it was so cool that I marched to the beat of my own drum and that he always respected me for that (we both had issues with people picking on us). That aside, I would love to dive head-first into a pile of that frosting! It looks so creamy and delicious! The only churros I’ve ever had have come from Costco. 🙂 Your cupcakes are undoubtedly better-tasting!

    • That is a very nice thing to say, Rachel. How cool that he felt that way. He must be a great friend because not many people believe what he told you. I always see the Churros at Costco, but I’ve never tried one. Are they good?

      • Yeah, I’m glad that we got back in touch again. We’ve got a lot more in common than I thought, and I’m glad we can finally be ourselves as adults–It’s not so easy when you’re 12-13. 🙂 The Costco churros are meh. Not great, but they’re not awful. It’s hard to turn down sugary fried dough!

  4. I agree about being different – i feel that way too. Too bad we can’t sit down with a pate of these magnificent cupcakes and talk about old times, landlines and solve all the worlds problems. Love this post.

    • Thank you so much for the nice comment, Monica. We could definitely solve some problems if we could talk.

  5. Churros are wonderful! Really fattening, but wonderful. 🙂 These cupcakes are brilliant — they have the flavor, but are much more sensible. If one can ever call a cupcake sensible!!! Good stuff — thanks.

  6. Oh wow! That frosting and cinnamon sugar topping looks amazing!

  7. Debbie Eccard says:

    Nicole the pastry chef at the JW Marriott makes churros all the time. I have one small one from time to time as they are too delicious to resist every time. She has a caramel sauce to dip them in! These cupcakes sound wonderful and I love the frosting!

  8. I’m old too lol–no shame 😛

    and these cupcakes look OUTSTANDING-that frosting in particular is amazinggg


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