Decadent Churro and Chocolate Cupcakes

You are going to love these churro and chocolate cupcakes. This homemade cupcake recipe is topped with a cream cheese frosting, churro bites, and a rich chocolate sauce.

These decadent cupcakes are perfect for parties or a sweet treat at home. I almost guarantee, everyone will rave over these tasty cupcakes!

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This delicious, churro dessert idea is going to wow everyone!

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Chocolate Churro Cupcake Recipe

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I enjoy delicious sweet treats that I know my family will love. I’m not sure which are the bigger fans of these decadent cupcakes though, the kids or adults!

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Ingredients and Tips

Here are all of the ingredients that you will need to make this churro dessert recipe. Look for churro bites in grocery store bakeries or pre-made snack sections, at Disneyland (it’s okay, take the trip), or whip up your own the day before. This air fryer churros recipe gets RAVE reviews.

A few tip if you are prepping for a party: make the cupcakes the day before. No one will know, they keep so well, and you won’t have to do all the work at once. Soften the butter and cream cheese on the counter (never in the microwave). Finally, chop the chocolate into fine pieces so they will melt quickly and consistently.

  • All purpose flour
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Cinnamon and salt
  • White sugar
  • Buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cream cheese, softened (room temperature)
  • Unsalted butter, softened (room temperature)
  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk
  • Dark chocolate
  • Heavy cream
  • Churro Bites
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How to Make Churros and Chocolate Cupcakes

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt all at once. Whisk together and then add the white sugar. Mix again until all the dry ingredients are combined.

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Next, add the buttermilk, oil, and vanilla, to the dry ingredients. Whisk together until a thick batter forms.

Use a 2 inch scooper or ¼ measuring cup to transfer the batter into the prepared cupcake liners. Fill each liner ¾ way full in the pan.

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Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcake comes out clean.

While the cupcakes are baking, make the buttercream frosting. In a bowl add the cream cheese and butter, beating with a hand mixer until creamy.

Next, add in the powdered sugar and cinnamon. Blend again until combined and thick. Then add the vanilla and milk, a tablespoon at a time. Mix again until smooth and creamy, add as much milk as needed to get a thick, but smooth and pipable consistency.

Bowl of light brown frosting to top homemade cupcakes.

Transfer this into a piping bag fitted with a star tip of your choice.

Let the cupcakes cool for 30 minutes before frosting.

While they’re cooling, heat the heavy cream in a saucepan for the chocolate sauce. Wait until the milk is steaming before removing from the heat and pouring over the chopped chocolate.

Let it sit for a couple minutes before whisking together until a smooth chocolate sauce is created.

Small bowl or chocolate ganache topping for churro-flavored cupcakes.

Pipe a large swirl of icing on top of each cupcake and top with a tablespoon of the chocolate sauce, creating a subtle drip from the top of the frosting down its sides. Add on the churro bites, serve and enjoy!

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Churro and Chocolate Cupcakes

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You have got to try these delicious churros cupcakes! These churro and chocolate cupcakes use a simple homemade cake batter and a creamy, cream cheese frosting and are topped with a churro bite.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Cupcake Batter

  • 1 3/4c all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c white sugar
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 1/2 c + 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting, Chocolate Sauce, and Topping

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 c powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tbsp milk (as needed)
  • 3 1/2 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 c heavy cream
  • churro bites

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk, add the white sugar, and mix until combined.
  3. Add the buttermilk, oil, and vanilla to the same bowl and whisk together until a thick batter forms.
  4. Use a 2 inch scoop (or ¼ measuring cup) to fill the liners ¾ way full and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Start the frosting while the cupcakes are baking. Add cream cheese and butter in a bowl and mix until creamy with a hand mixer on low, then medium.
  6. Add powdered sugar and cinnamon to the mix and blend until thick. Add vanilla and milk, a tablespoon at a time., and mix until creamy.
  7. Transfer frosting into a star-tipped piping bag and set aside until the cupcakes have cooled (bout 30 minutes).
  8. In a saucepan, heat heavy cream until it is steaming and pour it over the chopped chocolate in a heat-safe bowl.
  9. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes and whisk together until smooth.
  10. Pipe a large swirl of icing on top of each cupcake and top with a tablespoon of the chocolate sauce, creating a subtle drip from the top of the frosting down its sides. Top with churro bites, serve and enjoy!

Notes

Equipment Needed:

  • Cupcake Pan and Liners
  • Piping Bag and Flower / Star Tip

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