Monday, May 6, 2013

Churro Cupcakes

I found this recipe on Pinterest and, as our final football game of the season was on Cinco de Mayo, decided they would a delicious treat for my team!
In all seriousness, I think this may be my favorite cupcake EVER. And it even tastes like a churro to boot!
yield: 28 cupcakes

for cupcakes
1.5C all-purpose flour
1.5C cake flour
1 tbs baking powder
1 tbs ground cinnamon
1C (2 sticks) salted butter, room temperature
1 3/4C sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
1.25C 2% milk

for cinnamon sugar topping
4 tbs butter, melted
1/2C sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon

for cinnamon cream cheese frosting
1/2C (1 stick) butter, softened
8oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
5C powdered sugar
1 tbs heavy cream

  1. for cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners (or grease cups if not using liners).
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  4. In a large bowl (or stand mixer), cream butter and sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy - about 3 minutes.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated.
  6. Add vanilla, beat until incorporated.
  7. Reduce speed to low.
  8. Add flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with milk.
  9. Beat for 2 minutes, until well incorporated.
  10. Fill each cupcake liner ~2/3 full. 
  11. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  12. Let cupcakes completely cool.
  13. for cinnamon sugar topping: Melt butter in a small bowl.
  14. In another bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.
  15. Brush tops of cupcakes with melted butter.
  16. Dip the top of the buttered cupcakes into the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  17. for the cinnamon cream cheese frosting: In a medium bowl (or stand mixer), beat butter and cream cheese for 2 minutes on medium speed.
  18. Mix in vanilla, heavy cream, and cinnamon.
  19. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until all is incorporated.
  20. Beat on medium-high speed for 4 minutes.
  21. Pipe (or spread) onto cupcakes.
  22. Enjoy!

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