Churro Cupcakes

These Churro Cupcakes are bursting with cinnamon sugary goodness in every bite! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any occasion that calls for a moist, sweet and fluffy cinnamon-spiced cupcake topped with a crispy churro!So as I’m writing this, I’m on hold for the IRS.

I guess they get angry with you if you neglect to select a payment plan before April 15. In my defense, their online portal doesn’t work and calling them means shaving off four hours of waiting time off of my life, so I didn’t do either. I figure, if they want their money, they’ll call me, right?

Well. Not really. They just send angry letters. (Seriously, the only letter I’ve received in about, oh, YEARS). I’m convinced my penpals all died.

Which reminds me of the time when Xanga, an online journal website, was super popular and I was on there, writing my daily beef and meeting other like-minded emotional teenagers like myself. And without really knowing who they were except that they loved the colors hot pink and lime green together and listened to the same music I did, I would give them my address so we could be penpals. I’m sure if my parents knew they’d be horrified, but I didn’t seem to think that this is OMG THE WORST IDEA EVER.

Thankfully I was never visited by any scary old hairy men and I got letters back with girly calligraphy which doesn’t say much but whatever. We’d send each other mix tapes and letters relaying information about our boyfriends and how our lives were so0o rough and lament that we didn’t live closer, which in retrospect is probably a good thing seeing as I wasn’t positive who I was chatting with.


This also reminds me of the fact that telephone waiting music is AWFUL. I mean, terrible, horrible, downright AWFUL. Whoever composes these ditties must be a sad, sad person because the distorted sounds of synthesizers and violins aren’t calming, they’re grating to my nerves and making me moderately homicidal. Especially the ones that play the SAME SONG over and over and over until your eyeballs feel like they’re going numb? Kill me nooooow. It’s the worst when you actually begin tapping your foot to the rockin’ drum beat at the very end of the song. I just about jumped off a cliff when I realized I was actually tiny-dancing to the song.

You know, tiny-dancing. When you’re not actually dancing but dancing a little. Tiny-dancing.

Anyway. I guess the IRS makes you pay for not paying in any way they can, right?

These Churro Cupcakes are bursting with cinnamon sugary goodness in every bite! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any occasion that calls for a moist, sweet and fluffy cinnamon-spiced cupcake topped with a crispy churro!With Cinco de Mayo coming up, I figured I needed a recipe to celebrate one of my favorite eating holidays of all time. TheseΒ Churro Cupcakes fit the bill – they’re moist cinnamon spiced cupcakes topped with a luscious vanilla buttercream and garnished with a crispy baked churro. They’re positively divine for any serious cinnamon lover, and they have the same churro taste in a sweet and fluffy cupcake. In one word? Irresistible!

And unlike waiting for the IRS to answer their phone, these cupcakes are worth the wait.

These Churro Cupcakes are bursting with cinnamon sugary goodness in every bite! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any occasion that calls for a moist, sweet and fluffy cinnamon-spiced cupcake topped with a crispy churro!*adapted from my Churro Cupcakes recipe

4.9 from 8 reviews
Churro Cupcakes
Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
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Serves: 16
These Churro Cupcakes are packed with cinnamon sugar flavor and are garnished with a freshly baked, crispy churro. Ole!
  • 1 box French Vanilla cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 small box sugar free/fat free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk
  • About 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Baked churros, chopped into 1-2" pieces (you can find these in the frozen section typically)
  • Cinnamon sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two muffin tins with about 16 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, prepare the cake mix according to package directions. Stir the pudding mix and cinnamon into the batter to combine. Portion the batter evenly among the muffin tins, filling about ¾" of the way full. Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla and cinnamon until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar in, about one cup at a time, until thick and fluffy. Use the milk to thin out the frosting if needed.
  4. Pipe frosting high onto cooled cupcakes and garnish with a freshly baked churro piece and a dusting of cinnamon sugar.

These Churro Cupcakes are bursting with cinnamon sugary goodness in every bite! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any occasion that calls for a moist, sweet and fluffy cinnamon-spiced cupcake topped with a crispy churro!These are just jam-packed with cinnamon sugar flavor and a slight crunch from the cinnamon sugar topping. They totally have a snickerdoodle/churro flavor going on which isΒ so delicious and perfect for Cinco de Mayo! Take these cupcakes over-the-top by drizzling on dulce de leche or Mexican hot fudge sauce!

These Churro Cupcakes are bursting with cinnamon sugary goodness in every bite! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any occasion that calls for a moist, sweet and fluffy cinnamon-spiced cupcake topped with a crispy churro!Have a super sweet Friday!

xo, Hayley


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  1. I totally forgot about Xanga until you mentioned it. I was totally the nerdiest middle schooler of all. I read manga, played Neopets, and was OBSESSED with Elijah Wood movies. I’m sorry that you have to deal with four hours of waiting for an IRS person to pick up the phone. In the meantime, eat ALL of the cupcakes. Stress induced eating. πŸ˜€

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Dude, stress-induced eating is right! I totally binged while I waited – the only way to wait I think! πŸ™‚ Thanks Erin!!

  2. Haha my room used to be painted hot pink and lime green! Embarassing! These cupcakes look AMAZING! So much easier than trying to make homemade churros.

  3. These are freaking amazing!!!! That frosting!!! So dreamy. I don’t remember Xanga at all? I either have no memory or am too old πŸ˜‰

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Laura – definitely not too old! You’re like my age, ha! But Xanga wasn’t for everyone. Perhaps you were a normal teenager who didn’t want to share her life with internet strangers on an online diary setting, haha!

  4. I love these Hayley – they sound amazing and look gorgeous!! I am sharing them everywhere!

  5. Taxes suck. IRS sucks. These cupcakes though. AMAZING! Seriously I’ve been drooling since they showed up in my SM feeds!!

  6. I haaaate the IRS. However, I love these cupcakes!

  7. Holy Moly these cupcakes look seriously delicious!! Drool-fest happening this side of the computer screen. I’m definitely making these, but on the DL because I know my hubs will eat them all… and I don’t want to share β™‘ side note: I think we were all a little creepy when we were younger. I have scary memories of dancing around to ace of base.. lol. P.S. IRS is waiting on me too… great minds? Or impatient & procrastinating ladies? Either way. Cheers! And thanks for sharing!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Cheyanne – I think we’d totally be BFFs in real life. Dancing to Ace of Base sounds like my favorite pasttime, but replace Ace with some other strange Swedish pop bands. I was weirdly obsessed with them, ha!

  8. This is fantastic cinco de mayo treat! At least you can multi task while your waiting for them πŸ™

  9. bahahaa ohhh xanga. I remember it and my teen girliness well! And hey–I felt a little like that when we arranged for you to visit me but that worked out amazingly well!!:P

    and these cupcakes are sooooo genius! I love how you translated churros into cupcake form!

  10. Do you think they’d taste good with a cheesecake filling? Looking for something unique and original for a contest. These look amazing though.

  11. You say make the cake mix per directions on the back of box. The instant pudding is that the same or dump it into the cake mix dry?? Plan on making these on 7/5 with granddaughters….

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Mike – you just dump in the instant pudding powder into the cake batter and mix in πŸ™‚

  12. I live in England, we do not have any of these:
    French Vanilla cake mix
    instant vanilla pudding mix
    Baked churros
    Cinnamon sugar (is this just sugar + cinnamon?)

    If its not too much to ask, do you know an alternative? I guess for the cake mix you can just make a vanilla cake mix but I dont know what vanilla pudding mix is to be honest and I wish we had frozen churros πŸ™
    besides that really yummy sounding idea!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      You could totally use regular vanilla cake mix (or any vanilla cupcake recipe) and omit the pudding mix. I just like adding that for added moisture and great texture, but it’s totally optional if you cannot find it. And the churros, substitute another cinnamon sugar cookie or biscuit. πŸ™‚

  13. So my husband is absolutely obsessed with churros. It’s his favorite thing ever aside from cinnamon and sugar donuts. And, let’s be honest, that is basically a churro haha. I am so going to surprise him with these! I love your photography here too. Great job!

  14. did anyone else find that the batter wasn’t the consistency of a cake batter? Just want to make sure I’m it right. It was much thicker.

  15. What size (ounces) cake mix is needed? I’ve found varying ones.

  16. What size cake mix do you use? Also, can these be made the night before and still be moist the next day? Do they need to be refrigerated because of the pudding?

  17. I’m sorry if this posts multiple times. I originally commented on my phone, but couldn’t tell if it went through. I want to make an organic version of these. I found a 3.8 oz organic vanilla pudding mix and a 15.25 oz organic vanilla cake mix. Will these work, measurement-wise?

    Also, I’m going to try to make these the morning of my event, but do you think they would still be good if made the night before and left out on the counter with a saran wrap cover? Is that ok to do with the pudding mix in it?

    Can’t wait to try these! Thanks!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Chelsea! These don’t need to be refrigerated – you only add in the dry pudding mix so it will be okay. I suggest making them the night before, sure, but garnish with the churro right before serving for the best taste.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Also – yes, your pudding and cake mix will be fine! πŸ™‚

  18. Any reason to think that this wouldn’t work with a Spice cake mix as opposed to the French Vanilla?

  19. I made these for a gathering and they were a TOTAL HIT!!!! Anyway to adjust to make a cake out of the recipe???

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Karly, so glad you loved them! Making them into a cake would be easy – just adjust the cooking time accordingly. A 13×9 pan would bake for about 30-35 minutes.

  20. I tried this recipe and cupcakes came out amazing. I wish I can say the same about the frosting πŸ™ I made it exactly as the recipe and it just came out too runny every time. I made it twice and it overly stressed me out. Any suggestions what I might’ve done wrong?? Thanks!!!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Perhaps your butter was too soft. In the future, try adding more powdered sugar to thicken and stabilize a runny frosting. Sorry you had trouble!

  21. I just made this for my family’s Christmas dessert and it was oh-so-yummy! The recipe is accurate although I have completely skipped the milk part for the icing since I wanted it to be thick. I will definitely post it in my blog once I feel like it. Teehee. Thank you!


  23. If I wanted to make an actual cake out of this do you think it would bake up the same way?!

  24. Did you use salted or unsalted butter? Thanks!

  25. How do you pipe your frosting so beautifully? I just made cupcakes over the weekend and the frosting didn’t look nearly as pretty. How do you get it piped so high?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Sarah! I use Wilton’s disposable piping bags (the 12″ size) and a large open star tip by Atecco. Simply hold the piping bag directly over the middle of the cupcake (or at 12 o’clock) and begin piping clockwise as you slowly move the piping bag upwards closer to you. I’m sure your cupcakes looked great!

  26. Hi Hayley!

    Stupendous idea!! πŸ™‚ I wonder if making a simple homemade white cake recipe would be too moist? There isn’t much selection (or quality, for that matter) in box mixes in Denmark, EU. Thoughts?



  27. Is there a reason why the Instant vanilla pudding mix is sugar and fat free? Only because i couldn’t find one that was sugar and fat free and brought a normal one? Was considering just using the box mix

  28. Hi there I was only able to find the vanilla Cook & Serve Pudding does it really need to be instant or will this be fine?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Adriana, yes, it must be the instant pudding. Cook & serve will not produce the same product unfortunately.

  29. I just made a test batch last night because I wanted to try them out first before making some for our Cinco De Mayo Party. The only change I made was I dipped the cupcake tops in cinnamon-sugar as soon as I took them out of the oven so they had that crispy cinnamon-sugar taste and feel *just like a churro and since I did that, I did not sprinkle additional cinnamon-sugar on top of the frosting.
    My husband and daughter picked up two churros for me at the Costco Snack Bar and I just cut them up and used them as the cupcake toppers.
    They were a huge hit!

  30. If I want to make mini cupcakes, what temperature and time do you recommend baking for?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Kayee, I would recommend baking them at 350 degrees F for about 7-10 minutes, checking with a toothpick for doneness at around the 7-8 minute mark.

  31. Brenda says:

    I am making these right now, and I looked at the box after putting them in the oven and apparently I bought a cake mix with pudding mix already in it! I hope i didn’t mess them up! But they smell SO good πŸ˜€ Thank you for the recipe!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Brenda, nope, you will absolutely not mess them up! The pudding they pre-add in the box is fine, but with the addition of the box of pudding, it’ll make them super moist and fluffy! Enjoy!

      • Brenda says:

        I just puled them out and you’re totally right, super fluffy! I can’t wait to taste test!😍

  32. Chelsi says:

    These were a major hit at our Cinco party, I didn’t even have any left over and i made 4 dozen πŸ™ I added cream cheese to the frosting and my husband couldn’t stop eating it, I barely had enough to frost all my cupcakes.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Haha, so glad it was such a hit, Chelsi! Love the addition of cream cheese to the frosting!! <3

  33. jaime z says:

    HI! Thinking of making these for a party, but I’m wondering if there is a specific reason you are using sugar-free pudding mix? I generally don’t do sugar substitutes and am just wondering if there’s a reason why regular vanilla pudding mix won’t work. Thanks!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Jaime! That’s just something I always used, but you are more than welcome to use regular instant pudding mix. Just make sure it is NOT cook & serve, as that will not produce the same product πŸ™‚ Enjoy!!

  34. I just made these for a work party. Thank you so much. They are wonderful. OMG the frosting!!!

  35. I made these for my husband’s birthday this weekend & they were perfect! This recipe is fantastic, thank you!!

  36. My daughter made these for my husband today as a father’s day gift. We all loved them!

  37. I made these cupcakes for a baby shower, the theme was “made in Mexico” cause, well, you know… I made 50 of them and they didn’t last more than 20 minutes into the shower. People were eating them before they should have been served and other people were taking them off of people’s plates who had walked away from the table. I’d say they were my most liked cupcakes I’ve ever made, so thank you for the recipe! And I’m making them again to day for my moms birthday.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Sara, I am SO glad they were such a hit at the baby shower, and I really hope your Mom enjoys them!! xoxo!

  38. Christina says:

    Will the churros still be good overnight?

  39. Christina says:

    Will the Churros be good left overnight?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Christina, they do lose their crispness overnight, so I recommend garnishing the cupcakes with the churros just before serving.

  40. Does it have to be sugar free/fat free instant vanilla pudding? Can I use regular instant vanilla pudding instead?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Roxi! You can absolutely use regular pudding, as long as it is instant only! Cook & serve pudding will not work in this recipe.

  41. What kind of butter? Salted or unsalted butter ?

  42. Hello ,

    Can I find the churros in Walmart?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Linda! I found my churros at Winco, but I’ve also seen them at Walmart. When in doubt, another reader used those cinnamon twists from Taco Bell!

  43. Hello! I’m making this recipe for my boyfriends bday. He loves churros! I wanted to make it in two 9 inch pans, though, will it still work? Also, will I have enough frosting to front a two layer cake? Thanks! πŸ™‚

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Amanda! Yes, this recipe will totally work in two 9″ pans. Just adjust the baking time accordingly (about 20 min – 30 min). As for the frosting, I would recommend doubling or even tripling the frosting.

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