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There is nothing quite like Chocolate Churro Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream to make things better after a long week in the hospital. It’s the most normal thing that has happened in this house since last week, which feels far too long.
It started with Vivienne, who had an asthma attack. Her first ever. She was on oxygen for three days, and while she was in the Peds ward with Rudy, I was home with the other three, trying to take care of myself because I was also drowning in infection, fever, and suffering from a double perforated eardrum.
The day after Vivi came home, Afton ended up in the hospital, also with an asthma attack, but she was also suffering from strep and pneumonia. Since I was less dead than earlier in the week (only barely), it was my turn to stay in the hospital, and sleep on a chair.
Have you ever had hospital food? It’s really nothing exciting. I was seriously craving some home-baked goodness.
I mean, seriously. I could have a chocolate cake in plastic wrap, or I could have these deliciously fluffy, flavorful, chocolate churro cupcakes.
DID YOU KNOW. These things are loaded with cereal milk?! YES.
I ran over to Walmart before all these health crises happened and picked up a box of Chocolate Cheerios™ to make these chocolate churro cupcakes, and proceeded to soak some in milk to give it a chocolate flavor. I mean, who doesn’t love cereal milk? Don’t be crazy.
I even did this for the buttercream. Cause, duh. It gave everything this nice little chocolate flavor that was mellow, without being overwhelming. I really wanted the churro flavors to shine with the Chocolate Cheerios™ and it seriously was like magic.
We definitely needed some magic in this house.
Also, I clearly used my ice cream scoop for errrrrrthing. Cause it’s ice cream scoop fo life. And mostly because I could let my kids work on the cupcakes with a little more measured security, though they definitely enjoyed sprinkling the Cheerios™ on top more than anything else.
And eating the batter. And the buttercream remains. Children after my own heart, I swear.
For the Cupcakes
For the Cupcakes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with liners and set aside. In a liquid measuring cup, combine the Cheerios™ and milk, stir gently and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light, fluffy, and creamy, around 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly combined, then add the vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt. Using a fork or small, slotted spoon, carefully remove the cereal from the milk and discard (or eat!).
- With the mixer on medium-slow, gradually add ½ of the dry ingredients, then ½ of the milk, alternating until all ingredients are incorporated and a thick batter forms.
- Using an ice cream scoop, divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups, filling them about ⅔ full each. Place in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. All cupcakes to sit in the pan for 5 minutes before removing and allowing to cool completely on a wire rack.
For the Cinnamon Buttercream
- In a liquid measuring cup, combine the heavy cream and cereal, stir gently to combine and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, light corn syrup, vanilla, kosher salt, and cinnamon until light and fluffy, around 5 minutes.
- Using a fork or slotted spoon, remove the cereal from the heavy cream and discard (or eat!). Slowly beat in the powdered sugar in batches, adding the heavy cream as necessary to thin the buttercream. Once the desired consistency is reached, stop beating, and frost the cupcakes. Garnish with extra Chocolate Cheerios™ for a fun, chocolately crunch!