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Cinnamon Chocolate Churro Cupcakes

Cinnamon Chocolate Churro Cupcakes

Taco night is quickly become a tradition around these parts. Hosted by our lovely neighbor, these nights are basically an excuse to get together. Neighbors, friends, new friends… and tacos. The ultimate community food.

But what goes with tacos? For dessert, I mean. I considered flan (involves making caramel, I scrapped that real quick), tres leches cake (or tres leches cupcakes), margarita lime something or other, homemade churros…


Except I didn’t want to deal with deep frying anything.

So I did the next most logical thing.

I reinterpreted the churro.

As a cupcake.

Cinnamon Churro Cupcakes with Mexican Chocolate Pudding Filling

The best churros are the ones served with warm dipping chocolate. And I wasn’t about to serve cupcakes with dipping chocolate, so I filled them with a spiced chocolate pudding instead.

That’s right, pudding. Delicious pudding. Pudding that would have been a treat on its own. But enveloped in a light and perfectly crumbly cinnamon cake? Help me now.

Cinnamon Churro Cupcakes with Mexican Chocolate Pudding Filling

Not wanting to overpower the delicate cinnamon scented cake and rich creamy filling, I went a slightly different direction with the frosting. No thick and heavy buttercream here. Rather, an ethereal chocolate cinnamon whipped cream. Light, airy, and utterly divine.

Churro Cupcakes with Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting

The result was nothing short of sinful. No, I wouldn’t use this frosting on a hot summer day, and no, I wouldn’t trust it to hold up more than a day (not that I expect anything adorned with it to last that long, but still). Fresh out of the piping bag, this frosting is incredible. Heck, if there had been any left over I would have piped it right on to a steaming cup of hot chocolate and swooned in utter delight.

Cinnamon Chocolate Churro Cupcakes

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Cinnamon Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mexican Chocolate Pudding Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 ounces good quality semisweet or dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon meringue powder
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 cup chilled whipping cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Combine almond milk and vinegar and stir to combine. Whisk in sugar, oil, and vanilla. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix until relatively smooth. Fill cupcake liners with a scant 3 Tablespoons of batter (cups should be just under 2/3 of the way full). Bake for 20-22 minutes or until set, and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  4. To prepare filling, combine the cornstarch, sugar, salt, and cinnamon in the top of a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a larger pot filled with 1 inch of water. Slowly whisk in the milk, scraping the bottom and sides with a heatproof spatula to incorporate the dry ingredients. Place over gently simmering water and stir occasionally, scraping the bottom and sides. Use a whisk as necessary should lumps begin to form. After 15 to 20 minutes, when the mixture begins to thicken and coats the back of the spoon, add the chocolate. Continue stirring for about 2 to 4 minutes, or until the pudding is smooth and thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Transfer to a small bowl and cover, gently pressing a layer of plastic wrap against the surface before refrigerating (this will prevent a skin from forming). Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 days (ahem, good luck with that).
  5. For frosting, whisk powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk, meringue powder, cream of tartar, and cinnamon in large bowl until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled and ready to use, 30 minutes to 1 hour. Using electric mixer or a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, gradually beat chilled cream into chocolate mixture. Continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  6. With a small pairing knife cut out cones from the tops of cupcakes approximately 1 inch in diameter. Set aside but do not discard. Spoon approximately 1 tablespoon of filling into each cupcake (you’ll have extra pudding, so grab a spoon). Replace top and press into place (it helps to remove a bit off the base of the cone piece to help it sit more level on the filling – tasties for you). Pipe on whipped cream frosting, taking care to cover up all seams. If desired, sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon sugar prior to serving.
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  1. Thanks, Amanda! We actually don’t have a Walmart where I live, but I will try looking at Kmart. I may end up just ordering it online. I can’t wait to make them!

  2. This comment is in response to Jill. Jill, I am just about to make these and I know you said you couldn’t find meringue powder… I just bought some last night from Walmart actually. Wilton makes it and I found it with all of the cake baking equipment. These look wonderful and I am making these for this Friday. I will let you know how they turn out. And good luck finding your meringue powder :)

  3. ummm, yeah, these will be made VERY soon. amazing looking, and amazing tasting, i’m sure :)

  4. These look absolultely amazing, and I can’t wait to make them! I’ve been looking for meringue powder, though, and I can’t find it anywhere. Do you know if I can leave it out of the frosting or substitute it with something else? Thanks!

    • Hi Jill –
      The meringue powder is simply to help stabilize the whipped cream frosting a bit so it doesn’t ‘droop’. You can definitely leave it out, just be sure to frost the cupcakes as close to serving time as possible. You could also use a bit of powdered egg white (essentially the same thing) or even pasteurized carton egg white, which will serve the same purpose.

  5. Great idea. I’ll have to make these for my taco night!

  6. oh wow! Best. Cupcakes. EVER

  7. nevermind my program just didn’t copy that part over!

  8. In the pudding directions it calls for cornstarch but doesn’t tell you how much to use. Can you add this please? Thanks!

  9. Ok, you’ve seriously go to stop it with these amazing desserts! These cupcakes look out of this world!!

  10. Oh! I can’t wait to make this!

  11. I just so happen to have all of these ingredients on hand. WOOHOO!

    (I have been addicted to churros & hot chocolate since a trip to Spain late last year. Thanks so much for sharing!)

  12. Those look absolutely delectable! I like how you are going with a lighter topping…I’ve been meaning to step away from the buttercream myself.

  13. So I figured the thickening problem out…..I live at 7,200 ft elevation. Now, I knew I had to make adjustments for baking, but didn’t even think it would effect pudding. Low and behold I looked it up and instead of using a double boiler, I need to use direct heat! Second time around, it came out perfect!

  14. So my pudding never thickened….any ideas of why not? Any ideas of how to thicken it up now?

  15. Oh my goodness! These made my little Tex-Mex heart swoon!

  16. Me and my friend just made these and they are DIVINE. It’s 5am and they’re finally done and we are pretty much in ecstasy right now.

    The only issue we had was with the pudding thickness and how long we were supposed to leave it on the heat.

    Regardless, they are delicious.

    Thanks for sharing the love!

    -Rosheen and Mireya

  17. Looove the pictures! I also have a serious obsession with churros, Mexican chocolate, and cupcakes…obviously I need to make some of these stat! Thanks for the great post.

  18. These look great, but what this post really leaves me aching for is a bowl of that pudding. I’ve totally saved this recipe!

  19. There are no words to describe how excited these make me. They look incredible – great job!!!

  20. this is love at first sight. i just got back from Barcelona 2 weeks ago and have mercy, i miss me some fresh churros and hot chocolate.

  21. Holy moly, I think you’re a genius!! How awesome do these look?! So beautiful!

  22. I wouldn’t be able to resist sinking my teeth into one of that.It looks so good!

  23. I am a Cuban-American in Nashville and found you via a great conversation on Nashville food blogs with @BethEats. So, I came over today and found this. Muchas Gracias! I am linking back to you from my Latin blog this week.


  24. those look really good I like the chocolate on the inside and the name is perfect!

  25. This frosting sounds like something I’d pipe into my mouth once all the cupcakes were properly adorned!!

  26. A beautiful idea. I love the chocolate pudding idea. This cupcake looks extremely flavorful.

  27. Can’t wait to try these! They look yummy!

  28. The combination of cinnamon and chocolate is one of my very favorite. Churros also top my list of sinful treats. This is amazing and so on my list to make.

  29. Oh this sounds like a fantastic and very creative combination for a cupcake. I love churros and I love chocolate so your cupcakes sound good to me.

  30. What an amazing idea. Churros = Love. Churro cupcakes = newfound love.

  31. great interpretation :) That filling looks like heaven!

  32. You know… I think I have all of the ingredients for these! Maybe a snow day treat.

  33. Oh my… I have no words. Seriously. I think I drooled on my keyboard. Your creativity inspires me – and makes me jealous! I will be trying these very soon!

  34. These sound DIVINE!

  35. Una vera delizia questa ricetta, ciao

  36. Yum yum yum!! I loooove churros!

  37. These look absolutely AMAZING! I found your blog through The Switchboards and I am SUPER GLAD that I did! Thanks so much for the post and recipe!!

  38. These are so beautiful!! I really like churros and had them in Spain 2 years ago with hot chocolate. You are totally speaking my language. The cupcakes are vegan I see. I have a vegan chocolate pudding I just made so I am going to have to make something similar. Thanks for the lovely recipe!

  39. Churros! These sound great!

  40. These sound fantastic!!! Oh man.

  41. Wow, those sound delicious! I am just shrinking back from the whole lot of work for those cupcakes. I think I would have baked the churros ;). But I would love to have someone who is baking me cupcakes like yours.

  42. they look great! and those cupcake pans are just too cute!

  43. This is a great reinterpretation of the churro. So imaginative! I haven’t made cupcakes in a while and these have certainly inspired me to give them a try.

  44. These sound sinful! So creative and the perfect dessert to serve with Mexican!

  45. Wow, what a cupcake! I thought they looked good but then I read and saw you had chocolate pudding inside the cupcakes – then I knew I had to give them a try! This is definitely one of the most innovative and delicious desserts I’ve come across in a while and I can’t wait to recreate it! Thanks for sharing!

  46. Ooh churros! My one and only favorite fried dessert. Of course they need chocolate and I love the pudding. Wish I had one now because these sound perfect!

  47. Just fyi, I took one home, put it in the fridge overnight, took it out this afternoon for the icing to thaw a bit from the fridge, and it’s YUM just like yesterday. So it holds up for at least one day! Couldn’t save any others to try for any longer though… they were too good. :)

  48. Ooooh, these look awesome! Fantastic – I love churros and it’s a great idea to turn them into cupcakes! :)

  49. oh my gosh.. these are everything I love in a cupcake and more. Mmmmm thanks for posting, can’t wait to try the recipe out! and p.s. I looooove your blog =)

  50. oh my FLIPPIN goodness. I want to taste it now!!! I’m definitely making these friday. No questions. don’t care how much money I have to spend. I’m makin em. Why did you do this to me!!???!!

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