Every event/occasion gives me an excuse to bake cupcakes. Book Club is one of those excuses. Every month someone (ie, Joanna) asks me, "What kind of cupcakes are you bringing this time?" So I tried another new flavor this week: churro cupcakes. Cinnamon/vanilla cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting, topped with tortilla buñuelos (not churros, I know, but much easier). I was skeptical about the cinnamon cream cheese frosting, but it was divine. So much more complex and complimentary than the vanilla buttercream (I made a couple that way for my kids' less sophisticated palates).
These are so simple to make. Just add 1-1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon to your vanilla cake batter, then add a teaspoon of cinnamon to your cream cheese frosting (or to taste). The tortilla buñuelos are just tiny strips of flour tortilla, deep fried, then tossed in cinnamon-sugar. Delicious.
And no, our book this month had nothing to do with cupcakes, churros, or anything Spanish-related for that matter. We discussed Leadership and Self-Deception, and all vowed to apply the advice in this book in our lives. We all learned more about each other, shared some pretty personal experiences, and tears were shed all around. Wonderful and therapeutic stuff. So, cupcakes and therapy? Hand in hand, baby.