Churro Cake

Churro Cake. Soft ,cinnamon layers made with brown butter, a rich pralina filling, and a buttercream frosting with melted dark and white chocolates mixed in. It is so amazing and delicious that it has been known for people to fall in love AND to get married while eating it.

Several years ago my husband and I went through a phase where once a month we’d invite a couple over for dinner so that we could cook for them. At the time, we were adapting to life with our first child, and were missing our days of going out to dinner with friends. We wanted to recreate great meals at home, so we made it a point to try out new recipes for these monthly dinners, to try and improve our cooking skills.

churro cake

July of that year we invited two of our friends, Jayme and Michael, who were dating at the time, over for dinner. We decided to have a Mexican themed evening. If I’m not mistaken, my husband made his Chicken and Andouille Sausage Burritos. But one thing I am 100% not mistaken about: that evening I made a version of this churro cake. I can’t forget my first time making this cake because it was that memorable. It was ugly … hideous really. The filling was spilling out the sides and layers were sliding off of each other. Usually I’m hesitant to serve ugly cakes, but this thing was so ridiculously delicious that there was no choice. It had to be served. Jayme and Michael loved it. And, maybe related, maybe not, a few months after that dinner, Michael proposed to Jayme.

churro cake Churro Cake. Soft ,cinnamon layers made with brown butter, a rich pralina filling, and a buttercream frosting with melted dark and white chocolates mixed in. It is so amazing and delicious that it has been known for people to fall in love AND to get married while eating it.

During their engagement Michael and Jayme asked me something that I still consider to be one of my greatest honors: they asked me if I would be willing to make a cake for their wedding. I was ecstatic. A few months beforehand I did a little cake testing for them (pictured below).

For their wedding reception they choose a version of my White Almond Cake with Raspberry Filling and Buttercream Frosting for their bigger cake, and then two churro cakes. Well, the churro cakes were a hit, and the first thing to go. I was so excited that my husband had to call me out when he noticed I was walking circles around the dessert table at their reception so that I could listen to people complimenting the cake.

The moral of this story is: This cake is so ridiculously amazing that it leads to love and marriage. You need to go make it right now.

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Churro Cake. Soft ,cinnamon layers made with brown butter, a rich pralina filling, and a buttercream frosting with melted dark and white chocolates mixed in. It is so amazing and delicious that it has been known for people to fall in love AND to get married while eating it.
Churro Cake

This churro cake has soft, cinnamon layers made with brown butter, a rich pralina filling, and a buttercream frosting with melted dark and white chocolates mixed in. It is so amazing and delicious that it has been known for people to fall in love AND to get married while eating it.

Servings: 1 8", 3 layer cake
Ingredients
Cake
  • 3/4 cups butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup buttermillk
Pralina Filling
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon miso paste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups heavy cream
Frosting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup all vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 4 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
Instructions
To Make Cake
  1. First, brown the butter. To do this, melt butter in medium sized sauce pan over medium heat. Stir constantly until butter turns amber in color and has a nutty smell, about 10 minutes. Transfer butter to bowl and allow to re-harden for at least an hour. You can also put in the fridge and use again the next day.
  2. When ready to make the cake, preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 3, 8" baking pans with parchment paper. Grease and flour sides.
  3. Beat together butter, brown sugar and light brown sugar on medium high speed until lightened and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. With mixer on low, slowly beat in eggs, egg yolks, grapeseed oil, and vanilla.
  5. In medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, corn starch, baking powder, kosher salt, and cinnamon.
  6. Slowly beat about 1/2 cup flour mixture into sugar/butter mixture. Then, beat in about 1/3 of the buttermilk. Alternate beating in rest of flour and buttermilk, ending with the flour.
  7. Spread batter evenly between the three prepared pans.
  8. Bake for 23-25 minutes, or until tops are golden and toothpick in center of cake comes out with just a few crumbs.
  9. Let cool completely before assembling cake.
To Make Pralina
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together pecans, maple syrup, salt and cayenne paper.
  3. Lay pecans out on prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes, stir on pan, and then bake for another 8 minutes.
  4. Let pecans cool for at least 5 minutes. Then, place pecans in a food processor and grind until they turn into a butter consistency, about 3-4 minutes. Set aside.
  5. In a small pot over medium-low heat, add white chocolate, corn syrup, miso, salt, and brown sugar. Stir constantly until chocolate melts.
  6. Once chocolate melts, turn heat to medium and consider stirring constantly until the mixture turns to a light brown color (just a little bit darker than the miso).
  7. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in the heavy cream. Once cream and chocolate are well mixed, fold in the pecan butter.
  8. Place in fridge for at least 6 hours before using. NOTE: I only use half of this for each cake, so I freeze the other half to use again. It freezes well in an airtight container and I have used it up to 6 months later.
To Make Frosting:
  1. In a small bowl, melt dark chocolate. To do this I place in microwave on 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval. Once melted and smooth, repeat with white chocolate. Set aside to cool while you perform the rest of the steps. About 5 minutes is sufficient for them to cool down.
  2. Beat together butter and shortening until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Then, on medium speed, beat in powdered sugar about 1/2 cup at a time. Scrape down sides with spatula as needed.
  4. Next, beat in vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
  5. After this, slowly mix in melted chocolates. Once incorporated beat on high speed for about 30 seconds to mix thoroughly.
  6. Mix in 3-4 tablespoons of heavy cream to reach desired consistency.
  7. Assembly:
  8. If needed, level cakes. As there is not much leavening and the cake does not rise much, I find I generally do not have to do this.
  9. Place one layer of a cake on a cake board. Put frosting in a pasty bag and pipe boarder along outside of one layer. Fill inside boarder with desired amount of pralina filling (I use about 1/4 of the mixture for each layer). Place a second layer on top, and repeat. Finally, place third layer on top.
    churro cake filling
  10. Use frosting lightly frost outside of cake. Place cake in fridge for about 15 minutes, then finish frosting/decorating as desired.
  11. Use a cinnamon/sugar mixture to sprinkle top of cake.
Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from: https://www.thekitchykitchen.com/?recipes=/churro-cake/

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2 thoughts on “Churro Cake”

  • I’ve never heard of a sweet cake with miso paste in it! I have a hard time finding it where I live, would it be ok to leave it out of the filling??

    • Hi! I’ve had a hard time finding it before too …. I’ve always ended up finding it, so I haven’t made it without the miso, but my plan has been to substitute 1 tsp reduced sodium soy sauce or a pinch of extra table salt. I think either way it’ll turn out but let me know what you think!

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