5-Ingredient Angel Food Cake Churro Bites

Need an easy, sweet, bite-sized snack? We’ve got just the thing!

Crispy, cinnamon-sugary, fried dough. Does it get much better than that? Churros are a classic dessert in Spain, Portugal, and Mexico. They’ve been popular here in America for quite a while now, and it’s easy to see why! Most fairs and carnivals offer churros of some sort, and they are my go-to dessert anytime I’m at a Mexican restaurant.

Now you can have the same toasty, sweet treat right at home with just a few simple ingredients and 4 easy steps. Check out the recipe below for ingredients and instructions!

I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of shortcuts in recipes. Yes, some things are inherently better when made from scratch, but there are plenty of things that are just as good when purchased from the store or using substitutions. In this case, I think these churro bites are even better thanks to our shortcut!

The main ingredient for this recipe is angel food cake. It’s light, spongy, and perfect when fried! The outside gets nice and crispy, while the inside remains soft and moist. In other words, perfection.

Just look at these little fried dough balls of sweet, spicy perfection. The recipe we used here calls for a coating of cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg, but you can add chili powder and cayenne as well for an extra spice kick.

The longest part of this whole process is simply letting the angel food cake thaw out. After waiting the allotted time, usually 2-3 hours, the rest is a breeze. Just chop up the cake into 1 1/2 – 2-inch bite-sizes cubes and work in batches to fry up a handful at a time. Immediately throw the fried cake bites into a waiting bowl of cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar, and toss to coat. Repeat the process until all the cubes are fried and coated.


After that, it’s time to mix up your icing! This is a very basic recipe – just powdered sugar and milk. I thought it best to keep things simple since you want the churro bites to be the star of the show!

Seriously, how perfect are these for a unique dessert to bring to a pot luck? Of course, I think they are pretty great to make and keep in a bowl in the kitchen all for yourself, but hey. To each their own. Go ahead and check out the recipe below!

5-Ingredient Angel Food Cake Churro Bites

Makes 4-6 servings Prep 10m  Inactive 2h

Churro Bites:
  • 1 frozen Sara Lee Angel Food Cake (Or similar frozen angel food cake)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Oil for frying
Icing:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Preparation
  1. Let the cake thaw (typically 2-3 hours). Once thaw cut 1 1/2 - 2 inch thick cubes.
  2. Let the cake thaw (typically 2-3 hours). Once thaw cut 1 1/2 - 2 inch thick cubes.
  3. Mix sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl; set aside.
  4. Mix sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl; set aside.
  5. Heat vegetable oil on low-medium heat. Working in batches, fry cubes until golden brown, then immediately put cubes into cinnamon sugar mixture and toss to coat.
  6. 
Heat vegetable oil on low-medium heat. Working in batches, fry cubes until golden brown, then immediately put cubes into cinnamon sugar mixture and toss to coat.
  7. Mix powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl and drizzle over the bites.

Recipe adapted from Lilluna.