Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Churro Cupcakes wtih Dulce de Leche...

A cupcake twist on some favorite foods...dulce de leche and churros.
Bake a batch of your own, you won't regret it...that's a promise.

Churro cupcake with Dulce de Leche center
Vanilla cake batter

Cinnamon cake batter

Swirl the cinnamon and vanilla batter with a toothpick

With a pairing knife, remove a small piece of the center to be filled

Spoon Dulce de Leche into the hole of each cupcake

Pipe on the Vanilla Cinnamon Frosting

Churro Cupcakes with a Dulce de Leche Filling
Author: Brenna Bowers
Serving: 24 cupcakes

Cinnamon Vanilla Churro Cake:
1 box white cake mix (Duncan Hines)
1 package (4 servings) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
¼ teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 egg whites

1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 can (13.4 oz) Dulce de leche

2 large churros (Costco), cut into 24 bite size pieces

Vanilla Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 stick butter (1/2 cup), room temperature
8 oz. (1 block) cream cheese, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2-3 cups powdered sugar

Cinnamon Vanilla Churro Cake:
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 2 cupcake tins with cupcake liners (24).

In a mixing bowl combine the cake mix, pudding mix, water, oil, almond extract, vanilla extract and egg whites. Mix for 2 minutes or until well incorporated. Remove ½ cup of the batter and stir in 1 Tablespoons of ground cinnamon.  Divide the vanilla cake batter evenly amongst the 24 cupcake holders. Spoon a dollop of the cinnamon batter into the center of each cupcake. Using a toothpick, swirl the batter to give a marbled effect.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let cool completely.

With a paring knife, make a small hole in the center of each cupcake to be filled. Spoon and fill each hole with a dollop of dulce de leche.

Vanilla Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
In another mixing bowl beat the butter and cream cheese until whipped (2 minutes). Stir in the vanilla and cinnamon. Mix in powdered sugar and whip for 1 minute until fluffy.

Pipe frosting onto each cooled and filled cupcake. Top each cupcake with a piece of churro.

Eat and repeat!