Like most people, I am a self-taught baker. I began with baking cupcakes with custom fondant décor and moved up the ladder to doing multi-tiered cakes. It even turned into a small side business with family and friends keeping me busy with orders. Unfortunately, school began taking most of my focus and I had to prioritize.
I enjoy finding unique, easy cupcake recipes online and then combining bits, from each, to make one recipe. I love trying new things and doing the most with everything I do.
Anyway, enough with the story and let’s fast forward to the present! A few team members, at work, arranged a “Mexican Fiesta” themed potluck for a fellow employee-of-the-month-er. Of course, I put myself down to bring cupcakes! Everyone loves the cupcakes I bring!
I dive into Google and Pinterest to find recipes that I would openly accept to make. You know…nothing too hard or time consuming on a work-night. *don’t judge me* I usually stray away from recipes that are from scratch if I am baking for work-related events. I mean, “doctoring” up, a cake box recipe is just as good, and no one can really tell the difference. I wanted to find something unique but also relating to the theme. So, I came across Churro Cupcakes!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with churros, here is a little background on these scrumptious, sweet snacks.
A churro is a fried pastry made from dough and sprinkled with a cinnamon sugar concoction. Churros are popular in Spain, France, the Philippines, Portugal, Ibero-America, and the Southwestern United States. They are normally eaten for breakfast dipped in a sweet sauce or coffee.
After just minutes of browsing the web. I pinpoint a recipe for the cake batter, frosting, and “churro” topping from two other wonderful blogs. Here is a combination of the instructions and the source of which they belong to. But first, let’s start with the final result and how these delicious Churro Cupcakes came to life.
I’m all about how important angles can alter a picture and turn it into a masterpiece!
For the Cupcakes:
- Use a
vanillabox cake mix (I used French Vanilla)
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract (added to batter)
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon (added to batter)
For the Topping:
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- 1/4 Cup Turbinado Sugar
- 1/4 Cup White Granulated Sugar
- 1 and 1/2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
- Make your cupcake batter according to the instructions on the box, but mix in the vanilla and cinnamon.
- Bake the cupcakes according to your box instructions.
- Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- Once the cupcakes have cooled, prepare your toppings.
- Melt the butter and add to a small bowl.
- Combine sugars and cinnamon into another small bowl.
- Coat the top of a cupcake with melted butter, and dip the top into the cinnamon sugar bowl.
- Press the cupcake into the sugar gently and ensure that it is completely coated.
- Set the finished cupcake aside and continue until all cupcakes are completed
Source: http://wifelifekitchen.com/2014/09/05/churro-cupcakes/ (for topping and batter)
Although, the first recipe did not call for frosting, I figured why not add a little more sweetness in our lives!
For Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 1 (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk (if desired)
Source: http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/churro-cupcakes/ (for frosting recipe)