Celebrate Cinco de Mayo: The Easiest Churro Cupcakes Recipe Ever

  • These churros cupcakes are just about one of the tastiest treats to hit a cupcake pan ever. I don’t know about you, but the idea of making actual churros at home seems daunting—making dough, frying them, the whole works—who has time for that? They can be tricky to make, and there is no churro as tasty as a fresh one found at the county fair.


    However, these churro cupcakes come awfully close. The best part? They’re customized from a box mix. That’s right. You’re thirty minutes away from deliciously cinnamon-coated cupcakes that taste just like a fresh churro.

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    cupcake batter in baking pan

    Churro Cupcakes

    And yes, they're so easy to make, since these sweet treats whip up from a cake mix.

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    Servings: 16


    • Betty Crocker Cinnamon Streusel Muffin & Quick Bread Mix: 1 box
    • eggs: 2 whole
    • vegetable oil: ¼ cup
    • water: ¾ cup
    • sugar, granulated: ½ cup 
    • cinnamon: 1 teaspoon
    • powdered sugar: 3 cups
    • butter, softened: ⅓ cup
    • cinnamon: 1 teaspoon
    • vanilla: ½ tablespoon
    • milk: 1–2 tablespoons


    cinnamon sugar red bowl cupcakes

    Step 1: Combine the ingredients following the instructions on the box, omitting the streusel that comes in a separate bag. Fill 16 muffin tins with liners and then the batter. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar, and then sprinkle the top of each unbaked cupcake with the mixture.

    churro cupcakes with powdered sugar

    Step 2: Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees F. Remove from the oven and let cool. 

    churro cupcakes striped wrappers  

    churro cupcakes cinnamon icing

    Step 3: Make the frosting. Combine the butter, powdered sugar, and cinnamon in the bowl of a mixer and mix on medium high until creamy. Add in the vanilla and the milk, and whip until the frosting has a thick but still spreadable consistency. Fit a piping bag with desired tip and fill with the frosting. Pipe a huge dollop of frosting onto each cupcake.

    papel picado scissors

    To go the extra Cinco de Mile (See what I did there? I couldn't resist a pun like that!), create papel picado cupcake toppers. It's as easy as folding a sheet of paper and cutting out designs like you would for a paper snowflake. Trim down into small strips and tape them onto toothpicks. That's it.

    papel picado cupcake flags

    churro cupcake with papel picado flag

    churro cupcake papel picado flag

    churro cupcake with papel picado flag

    These look so festive with the papel picado toppers.

    churro cupcakes with papel picado flags

    Break out the maracas to add to the decor. You can also top the cupcakes with cut up churros so people know what to expect before biting into one. They'll go fast! 

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    churro cupcakes with papel picado flag

    churro cupcakes

    You could just serve me up a plate of these with a bowl of guacamole, and I'll be set for the entire May fifth celebration.

    churro cupcakes

    churro cupcake with papel picado flag

    Using the box mix is an easy shortcut and one that is perfect for the busy mom or beginner baker. And no one will be able to tell the difference. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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