Cinnamon Churro Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist cinnamon churro cupcakes with cinnamon-chocolate cream cheese frosting.

Cinnamon churro cupcakes with cinnamon-chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Last week I was in Vermont for a few days. I’m honestly not sure why it’s taken me so long to visit, having grown up in New England. I’ve been to every other New England state, and spent time in each. So glad I finally got to Vermont. It’s truly gorgeous and such a relaxing place to visit.

I’m not sure I could live there though, since everything seems to require a decent drive. That is, unless you live in any of the major cities or right along the border.

Unfortunately it was a rather short visit. But, I can say with complete certainty that I’ll definitely be going back for vacations. I feel like I need to see it’s beauty in all four seasons. Stay tuned for that…

Cinnamon churro cupcakes with cinnamon-chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Until then, cupcakes! Because it’s Monday and every week should start off with something sweet. Right?

Also, since tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, it’s a perfect excuse to indulge in a fun twist on a classic.

Moist homemade cinnamon cupcakes, topped off with sweet cinnamon-chocolate cream cheese frosting. It’s a churro in cupcake form, with the dipping chocolate piped on top! And, this is hands down my favorite chocolate frosting to date. So much fun. And too delicious to skip!

Whether you’re celebrating or not, these churro cupcakes are a must make. A fun year round treat!
Cinnamon churro cupcakes with cinnamon-chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Cinnamon Churro Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist cinnamon churro cupcakes with cinnamon-chocolate cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, Cupcake
Servings: 8 cupcakes



  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 C sour cream


  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa sifted


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a muffin tin with 8 liners. 
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla and egg. Scrape bowl as needed. Mix in salt, cinnamon and baking powder until evenly dispersed. Alternate additions of flour and sour cream until fully added and no streaks remain. Divide between prepared liners, adding 1 large cookie scoop to each liner. 
  • Bake cupcakes for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan until easy to handle, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • When cupcakes are completely cool. Prepare frosting. 
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla and cinnamon, followed by 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time. Finally, sift cocoa powder direction over frosting, mix until fully combined and no streaks remain. 
  • Frost cupcakes using desired method. 


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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36 Responses to “Cinnamon Churro Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. #
    Medeja — May 4, 2015 at 5:30 am

    I wish I could have at least a bite :D

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      Rachel — May 4, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      I wish you could too!

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    June+Burns — May 4, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Mmm those look amazing! I love churros, so I’m sure I’d love these cupcakes too. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo :)

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      Rachel — May 4, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks so much June! I’m positive you’d love them :)

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    Laura — May 4, 2015 at 6:17 am

    I’m totally with you. In fact, can every day start off with something sweet? I’m loving how perfect these look and how chocolatey that icing is.

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      Rachel — May 4, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Yes! Everyday should start with something sweet. Why restrict ourselves to dessert? ;)

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — May 4, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Churro + cupcake mashup is basically the best thing ever! So glad we finally got to meet last week. And you definitely need to get back to Vermont – at the very least for the Ben and Jerry’s! XO

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      Rachel — May 4, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks so much Liz! It was fantastic finally meeting you! I have so many other places I need to make a trip to. Looks like another road trip is in my future ;)

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    taylor @ greens & chocolate — May 4, 2015 at 8:04 am

    I haven’t been to Vermont but it’s definitely on my to-do list! Your photos looked gorgeous! These cupcakes look SO good – perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

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      Rachel — May 4, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      You need to go. You’d love it! And thank you!! :)

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    oneyummymummy — May 4, 2015 at 8:23 am

    I’m going to try these !! They look amazing!! Do you think they would work if I replace the sugar with maple syrup?

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      Rachel — May 4, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      I’m honestly not sure. I’ve never substituted maple syrup for sugar in a baked good. If you’re familiar with doing that, then by all means give it a try and let me know how it turns out! :)

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    Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg — May 4, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Rachel, you sound just like me. I’m from New England and have never been to Vermont! I’m surprising my boyfriend with a long weekend in Stowe very soon though. These churro cupcakes. I’m drowning in all of the love I have for these right now. :D

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      Rachel — May 4, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      That’s where I just was. Gorgeous up there right now! Enjoy your weekend :)

  8. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — May 4, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I’ve only been to VT a few times. It’s so pretty. But you’re so right- a long drive to everything.

    Every week should start with a sweet treat!And Churros are the best

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      Rachel — May 4, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      I couldn’t handle the long commutes everywhere. Vacation yes but not to stay.

  9. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — May 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    We’re churro cupcake twins! Except yours has that ICING which we must talk about because OMG OMG OMG!

    • #
      Rachel — May 5, 2015 at 7:22 am

      Yay for being cupcake twins :)

  10. #
    Amanda — May 5, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    This cupcake is rockin’ my world!!!

    • #
      Rachel — May 6, 2015 at 7:33 am

      Thanks Amanda!

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    Amanda | The Cinnamon Scrolls — May 7, 2015 at 8:03 am

    What a great homage to Cinco de Mayo! I have to say, I’m not a huge churro fan, but you sold me with all the talk about cinnamon and chocolate! Delish!

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      Rachel — May 7, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks so much Amanda!

  12. #
    Jennie+@onesweetmess — May 7, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Vermont is on my list. I think we’ll be hitting up Maine this August. Girl, these cupcakes blow my mind. Love ’em! Pinned.

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      Rachel — May 7, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      Love Maine! Enjoy your trip! And thank you! :)

  13. #
    Mary @chattavore — May 8, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Churro cupcakes? That sounds absolutely perfect! Yummmmm.

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      Rachel — May 9, 2015 at 8:24 am

      Thanks Mary!

  14. #
    Paula in Colorado — May 10, 2015 at 12:35 am

    I made these for a Cinco de Mayo potluck. They were the biggest hit!

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      Rachel — May 10, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      So glad everyone enjoyed them! Thank you for sharing :)

  15. #
    Marie — October 20, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    This recipe only makes 8 cupcakes, can I just double or triple it? Will that work??

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      Rachel — October 20, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      Yes, you can easily increase the ingredients to your desired total number. Enjoy!

  16. #
    Laura Dembowski — May 15, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I made these and just loved them. The cupcakes have an amazing texture and the frosting is fab! It was great that there was plenty of frosting.

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      Rachel — May 16, 2016 at 11:31 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed them, Laura!

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    mpotter — January 18, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    Did you realize that your comments section is locked for us? I’m not sure if that’s intentional or not. Sometimes comments are plainly ridiculous. But sometimes they are helpful b/c they ask questions and you give answers so we don’t have to bother you again.

    In regards to this recipe… when I brought it over on my PlanToEat page, the cream cheese must have been left off. Thank goodness. I’m not a fan. But now I wonder, would I need to double the butter in the frosting if I want to leave out the cream cheese??

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      Rachel — January 19, 2022 at 5:44 am

      In the future, please don’t assume something is hidden on purpose. Technology does not always work as it should. Currently, comments are not viewable on desktop and that is out of my control. However, they are viewable on mobile devices. As far as the frosting goes, it’s not a 1:1 swap from cream cheese frosting to buttercream. You can certainly give it a try but you may need to play around with it. You can also check out the other frosting recipes I have and see if something suits your liking better. Happy baking!

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    Jessica — March 8, 2023 at 10:49 pm

    I just made these yesterday and they were DELICIOUS! I might cut down the amount of cinnamon in the frosting the next time, but that is just personal preference. It was amazing as written.

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      Rachel — March 13, 2023 at 11:48 am

      So glad you enjoyed them, Jessica! Thanks for sharing! :)

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