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Rating: 4.43 stars
49 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

A cinnamon sugary cupcake reminiscent of the deep-fried Mexican dessert!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 cupcakes
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cake:
Frosting:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners.

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  • Mix cake mix, water, egg whites, oil, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, vanilla extract, and lemon extract together in the bowl of a stand mixer; mix on low for 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium and mix batter for 2 minutes. Fill muffin cups 2/3-full with batter.

  • Combine white sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon together in a small bowl; sprinkle over batter.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in a cupcake comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Cool cupcakes to room temperature.

  • Beat butter in a bowl using an electric mixer until creamy and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add confectioners' sugar, 3 tablespoons honey, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; beat until just combined. Mix milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, into creamed butter mixture until desired consistency of frosting is reached. Spoon frosting into a piping bag or a plastic bag with a snipped corner; pipe onto each cupcake. Drizzle honey over each frosted cupcake.

Cook's Note:

Substitute cream for the milk if desired.

Nutrition Facts

286 calories; protein 1.9g; carbohydrates 46.2g; fat 11g; cholesterol 13.7mg; sodium 217.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (40)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2014
The best cupcakes I have ever had! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/05/2018
Followed the recipe EXACTLY and whereas the cake is REALLY GOOD the frosting is still too runny after using an entire bag of confectioners. Super sweet which I love also but maybe a bit TOO sweet. Read More
49 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2014
The best cupcakes I have ever had! Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
08/31/2014
An extremely sweet cupcake, more reminiscent of a coffee cake than sopapillas. Pronounced honey flavor in the frosting. Used turbinado sugar in the dusting. Instead of lemon extract simply soaked lemon zest in vanilla extract. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2016
the most decadent and tasty cupcakes I ever made. I followed the cake directions exactly but I made some changes to the frosting. I used 1/2 butter 1/2 cream cheese, only 1/4 cup powdered sugar and lots of honey until I got the taste I was hoping for. I added the milk and cinnamon as written. Absolutely wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2014
they have to be the best cupcakes i've made! they're delicous. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2016
Ok my 15 yo daughter made these tonight for her Spanish class. She finds this recipe and I have all the ingredients. She asks to do a trial batch which is a great idea I know but our idea of cleaning up the kitchen is like oil to vinegar. Wow! Excellent recipe. We have devoured as much as we could. Thanks! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2015
These cupcakes are amazing! I've made them several times. The only thing I did differently was add more cinnamon both to the cake mix and to the frosting added a little bit like a quarter of a teaspoon more lemon extract and I just squeezed the honey into the frosting mix didn't measure out three tablespoons. It was probably a bit more than that but it was glorious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2015
Yum! I made some Mexican dishes for a group of friends and topped the meal off with these fun cupcakes. Every single person raved about them! There were no leftovers! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2015
These are yummy! Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
06/01/2017
I skipped the icing and "buttered" the tops with creamed honey I had on hand instead. Yum! Read More
(1)
Rating: 3 stars
10/05/2018
Followed the recipe EXACTLY and whereas the cake is REALLY GOOD the frosting is still too runny after using an entire bag of confectioners. Super sweet which I love also but maybe a bit TOO sweet. Read More