Churro Cupcakes

This is my first blog post on Wife Life Kitchen, and I’m making box mix cupcakes. OMG.

Wait, this is my FIRST blog post on Wife Life Kitchen, and I’m making box mix Churro Cupcakes! Yay!


I love to bake, and I confess that sometimes I love using boxed mixes. They are so easy to use, they always turn out great, and they remind me of my childhood. Cakes and cupcakes are the first thing my mom taught me to make on my own when I was a little girl. I have vivid memories of stirring all of my ingredients in a big bowl, putting them in the oven and watching my cake or cupcakes magically puff up into soft deliciousness. It was amazing! That’s where my love of baking and cooking began.

Thank you, mom. 


So, for this recipe I used a vanilla cake mix and followed the instructions on the box, but I did fancy it up by adding some vanilla and cinnamon into the batter. The real magic, though, is in the topping.


 Here are the boring plain cupcakes before I made them more exciting and festive.

You’re welcome, cupcakes.


The “churro” part of this cupcake is going to come from the flavor and crunch of these two sugars mixed with the sweet spice from the cinnamon. I used plain white sugar and Turbinado sugar (aka Sugar in the Raw) as part of my topping. You could substitute brown sugar as well, but the topping will not be as crunchy.


The cinnamon and sugars are mixed in a small bowl, and the butter gets melted and brushed over the  tops of the cupcakes. Give the cupcake a nice coat of butter so the topping really sticks to it. Once you have brushed it with butter dip the cupcake into the cinnamon sugar mixture and coat the top completely.


Once your cupcake is dipped into your churro topping it should look something like this. Yum!


Continue until all of your cupcakes are complete. It’s okay if it gets a little messy!


These are perfect for anytime you want to make cupcakes with a twist, or if you hate frosting like I do most of the time.


 A Mexican themed party such as Cinco de Mayo or Dia de los Muertos is an especially good place to bring these babies as well.

Churro Cupcakes

  • Servings: 14-18 Cupcakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the Cupcakes:
Use a vanilla box cake mix and follow ingredients/instructions on box.
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

1. Make your cupcake batter according to the instructions on the box, but mix in the vanilla and cinnamon.
2. Bake the cupcakes according to your box instructions.
3. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool completely.
4. Once the cupcakes have cooled, prepare your toppings.
5. Melt the butter and add to a small bowl.
6. Combine sugars and cinnamon into another small bowl.
7. 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.
8. Set the finished cupcake aside and continue until all cupcakes are completed.
9. Enjoy!

Published by Jackie @ Wife Life Kitchen

Lover of coffee, travel, cooking, baking, true crime podcasts, being a mama and wife

25 thoughts on “Churro Cupcakes

      1. You will be getting many more goodie comments and appreciations dear 🙂
        Will let ya know how the recipe turns out to be 🙂


  1. This sounds awesome! Do you think the crunchiness would be affected if I added cinnamon cream cheese frosting on top?


    1. I’m not sure since I have never tried frosting these, but it sounds absolutely delicious! If you wanted extra crunch I would maybe sprinkle the top of the frosting with a little extra turbinado sugar as well. Mmm if you try them let me know how you like it! 🙂


  2. Hi, Have you ever made the cupcakes the night before and then added the toppings the next day?


  3. These by far are the best cupcakes I’ve had, EVER! I had made these one day for my family so we could have something sweet to eat after dinner. And they did the job👌👏 they took my sweet tooth away I had some left over and decided to take some over to my sister and she was IN LOVE with them. She had requested for me to make them for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party and I made the decision to go ahead and make them, I made 50 of them and not a single one was left over. My family and friends complemented on them the whole party. They were a HUGE HIT! Thank you so much Jackie for sharing your recipe. ❤


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