Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes Recipe

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These Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes are a dream of mine come true! There’s cinnamon in the cupcake batter and layers of cinnamon sugar in the cupcake! Then, they’re topped with cinnamon frosting and sprinkled with a little more cinnamon and sugar. I couldn’t stay away from them!

Yield: 14-16 Cupcakes


1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup salted butter, room temperature
3 egg whites
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
4 cups powdered sugar
2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1–2 tbsp water or milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add butter, egg whites, vanilla, sour cream and milk and mix on medium speed until smooth.
  4. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
  5. Add cupcake liners to cupcake pan.
  6. Place 1 tablespoon of batter into each cupcake liner, spread evenly.
  7. Sprinkle 1/4 tsp of cinnamon sugar onto batter.
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7.
  9. Add one more large tablespoon of batter to each cupcake liner.
  10. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon sugar on top of each cupcake if you want.
  11. Liners should be about half full.
  12. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs
  13. Allow to cool for 1 minute, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.
  14. To make the icing, beat the shortening and butter until smooth.
  15. Slowly add 3 cups of powdered sugar. Mix until combined.
  16. Mix in the cinnamon, vanilla extract and 1 tbsp water.
  17. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add more water to get the right consistency, then ice the cupcakes.


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