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Start with a box cake mix and end up with soft, fluffy, custom cinnamon cupcakes swirled with homemade cinnamon buttercream. Simple ingredients with an amazing flavor.
Cinnamon Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting. This simple cupcake recipe was actually inspired by the cinnamon Teddy Grahams, which are my favorite flavor. I love cinnamon almost as much as I love chocolate and peanut butter.
And just when I thought I couldn’t love buttercream frosting any more than I do, I find homemade cinnamon buttercream. Perfection, I say. I’m not exaggerating when I say that this homemade buttercream frosting melts in your mouth. If you like cinnamon, you’ll love these cinnamon cupcakes. And if you top it with a cinnamon Teddy Graham? You’re kids will love it, too.
Ok…if they’re like my kids, it wouldn’t have to have the Teddy Graham on top for them to love it, but it definitely adds to the “cute” factor.
You’re going to love these cinnamon cupcakes because they start with a boxed cake mix. Homemade cake is a classic, but you can never go wrong with doctoring up boxed cake mixes. Add a little bit of cinnamon and vanilla, eggs, oil, and vanilla pudding mix. And use milk in place of the water. Using milk in a cake mix makes for a richer cake that tastes like it is from the bakery.
Bake as directed on the back of the box. Every box mix is slightly different so just follow the baking times on the back of the brand that you have.
Then you’ll frost them with the cinnamon buttercream that you whip up. Don’t be afraid of homemade frosting…buttercream is easy. The most important tip when making the buttercream is to first whip the butter until it is light and fluffy. It will take about 2 minutes using a stand mixer (or hand mixer) and the butter will turn almost white. Then you’ll add your other ingredients and whip for about another 2 minutes using the whisk attachment. Don’t get impatient. The several minutes of whipping is what beats air into your frosting and makes your buttercream light and fluffy!
We shared these with the teens in our church Sunday School and with Matt’s coworkers and they loved them. We got thumbs up all around:)
I hope you enjoy them, too!
Recipe from McCormick.com
Does this need to be kept refrigerated because of the buttercream?
When you say ‘heavy cream’ could you expand on which one you mean? First time baker, pretty hesitant to try this.
I am thinking of making this recipe but what would be the equivalent for the pudding mix in the UK, would Dr. Oetker Original Pudding Mix be okay.
Hi…LOVE the look and sound of these!! Dumb question tho…what kind of sugar is that on top in the picture? Is it special brown sugar? Thanks so much…cant wait to try!!!
Do you have an updated recipe since the cake boxes are no longer made 18 1/4 ounces? 🙂
Cinnamon is one of my favorite ingredients and your buttercream looks like perfection!
These are gorgeous! I could lick that frosting right off the top, wait I usually do!
Hi! I’m going to make these for a competition! Do you think I could dye half red and half green to use on Christmas cupcakes? Or does the cinnamon make it too brown?
I love cupcakes, I dream of cupcakes…this recipe is going to be amazing. I make cupcakes and other desserts for special events for clients, this recipe will surely be a keeper. I am going to kick it up a notch (as Emerald Lagassi would say, lol) I loved your recipe for the cinnamon cheesecake roll…so since this is a cinnamon cupcake I am going to add a cheesecake filling that you will bake inside the cupcake. I do this with many of my cupcakes, and people rave about them. This one is perfect to do it to…can’t wait to make… Read more »
I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best
Oh my! Cinnamon would probably rank right up there behind PB and Chocolate for me, too! Pinning this – Thanks for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends – I can’t wait to see what you share this week!
The cinnamon butter cream are my favorite ones but they all look delicious! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend!
This sounds wonderful!! A cupcake after my own heart! Following you from What’s in your kitchen
These look amazing, can’t wait to make them. Do you use unsalted or salted butter for the your butter cream frosting?
I can’t wait to try this recipe! The cinnamon teddy grahams are my favorite too. What a great idea for a cupcake flavor!