Friday, September 2, 2011

Cheesy Cheese Cupcake

I have been looking for a cheese cupcake recipe for the longest time. Cheese cupcakes are very different from cream cheese cupcakes. For one, it uses cheese and not CREAM cheese. It's texture is more savory rather than sweet.

I remember when I was small when my mom was learning to bake. She was not a very experienced baker and all she attempted to do was Pan de sal, chiffon cake and this cheese cupcake. We looved this cheese cupcake and would often ask her to make it. It had cheese in the batter and additional cheese on top. We only stopped baking these when our oven broke down. The cupcakes started coming out lopsided because our ancient oven was not heating evenly. (hahaha- one side was under cooked and the other side was burnt!)

So, after scouring the internet, I tested two recipes and finally found the RIGHT one and tweaked it.  It had a moist interior and was not as dense as the first recipe that I tried.

Cheese Cupcake:

makes about 18 big cupcakes or 24 small cupcakes

1 3/4 cup cake flour, sifted
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs- room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz condensed milk
1 cup cheddar

preheat your oven 350F or 180C

In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt

beat butter and sugar (about 4 minutes) then add eggs one at a time till well incorporated. Add the vanilla.

alternate adding flour and milk, starting and ending with flour. Add cheese (about 3/4 cup). set aside remaining cheese for the topping.

mix well and then using an ice cream scooper, pour into paper lined cupcake pans. about 3/4 full. (do not over fill the cupcake molds.. if you do, the cupcake will rise and then FALL when it cools and you will have a sunken cupcake.) It will still taste good, but the presentation will not be so nice.

Bake for 20 minutes in 350F (180c). The cupcake will come out so luscious.

These are better kept at room temperature.  If you refrigerate, you can put inside a your microwave and heat for a few seconds before serving. (If you serve straight out of the fridge, they will be not as nice) heating them up will make them very moist and cheesy.

From experience, these are gone by the end of the day. So I don't think you will have any left to refrigerate anyway.

AAAH.. childhood memories revisited!! So, what food make you remember your childhood? I'd like to know.

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