Cheese Cupcakes

Easy Cheesy Filipino Cheese Cupcakes – 6 steps

Hi everyone! Today is going to be a short and easy recipe for Filipino Cheese Cupcakes. These cupcakes are one of those iconic and old-school snacks that were quite popular in the Philippines a few (more than a few, actually) years ago.  Nowadays, a popular Filipino snack brand sells its own version and many mothers include this in their children’s lunch boxes.  Their texture is actually more akin to muffins, but because most Filipinos are not familiar with muffins, we call them cupcakes instead.

I googled Cheese Cupcakes and most of the recipes that were floating around the Internet called for creaming the sugar and the butter together while mixing the flour and the other dry ingredients on one side.  It’s one of the usual techniques to give the cupcakes a lift and airiness.

Now I don’t have much of a problem with this technique; I just don’t have the patience to wash a lot of dishes afterwards. I wanted to see if it’s possible for me to just dump all the ingredients together and still create some wonderful cupcakes.

I quickly set out the ingredients to bring them to room temperature.  Before I forget, it’s important to get all the cold ingredients to room temperature – the butter has to soften enough for it to be easily mixed with the other ingredients.

Once the butter was ready, I dumped all the ingredients onto the bowl of my stand mixer and slowly mixed them together. The goal here is to mix them just enough for the stuff to come together. Apparently, over-mixing can cause the cupcakes to turn dense. If you don’t have a stand mixer, don’t fret. The mixing “technique” is so elementary, you just actually need a bowl and a spatula.

I found that my previous attempts at making cheese cupcakes weren’t as cheesy as I wanted them to be. I’m not sure if it’s the amount or type of cheese that I used, but I wanted to try to make the flavor more pronounced. For this attempt, I used parmesan and sharp cheddar cheeses.  I also increased the amount of cheese in the recipe.  The most popular type of cheese in the Philippines is the processed kind, typically cheddar, which is often sold in blue and yellow-colored rectangular boxes.  I plan on using this kind of cheese next time as this is more accessible to most Filipinos.

Well, for the final results!

Yep, they were every bit as delicious as I had imagined! I am so using this one-bowl method more often in the future!

Cheesy filipino cheese cupcakes

Easy, cheesy Filipino Cheese Cupcakes make for excellent snacks for everyone. Customize it with your favorite type of cheese and add a wee bit of lemon essence to complement the taste.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 142 kcal


  • 180 grams 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 3/4 tsps baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 113 grams 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 110 grams 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs large
  • 80 ml 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 180 ml 3/4 cup condensed milk
  • 1/8 tsp lemon essence optional
  • 150 grams 1 1/2 cups cheese(like parmesan or cheddar), grated


  • 50 grams 1/2 cup cheese (like parmesan or cheddar), grated


  • Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
  • In a bowl of a stand mixer on the lowest setting, mix all the ingredients for the cupcakes just until combined. Note: You may also use a spatula and a large bowl for this.
  • Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Scoop out the batter and fill the liners until 3/4 of the way.
  • Top with grated cheese before baking for 18-25 minutes, or until the top turns golden.
  • Remove from the oven and let them rest for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack and cooling completely.
  • Top with more grated cheese just before serving.



Depending on the kind of oven you have, the baking may need to be adjusted. I used the convection setting for this batch, hence the slightly more than golden top even though I baked these for 18 minutes only.
The top of your cupcakes may look like they’re burnt. It’s because of the cheese toppings sprinkled just before baking (unless of course they really are burnt). The toppings may also cause the tops of the cupcakes to be a little bit crunchy.
Lemon essence is optional; I used 1/2 tsp lemon juice before but the smell and taste aren’t as strong as when using essence.
The cupcakes can keep for around 3-5 days when kept in a tightly covered container.
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Cheesy Cheese Cupcakes

Cheese Cupcakes

If you’ve ever been to a Philippine school or visited a local bakery, you’ve probably heard of the popular Filipino Cheese Cupcake. These cupcakes are typically individually packaged and commercially sold. Though they have similar characteristics to traditional cupcakes, they are not as sweet, and have a slightly different texture and flavor. They’re usually made with basic ingredients, such as flour, butter, eggs, and condensed milk. To make these tasty treats, simply follow the basic instructions below and your cupcakes will be a hit with your friends.

Ube pandesal

For a classic breakfast of heavenly sweetness, try this ube pandesal recipe! It’s a fluffy bread oozing with cheese, perfect for a morning bite! This recipe also makes wonderful use of ube halaya jam! Ube pandesal is a Filipino breakfast staple! I love it so much that it’s even featured as a dessert! This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you click on a link and purchase something, I will earn a small commission.

First, mix the ingredients for the batter. In a bowl, combine eggs, melted butter, and 1/2 cup condensed milk. Then, add salt. Knead the mixture until it’s smooth and pliable. Place the mixture in an ungreased baking pan, gently touching the tops. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Ube pandesal Filipino Cheese Cupcakes are best enjoyed within a few days.

Homemade ube ice cream

A home-made ube ice cream recipe is a great way to enhance the flavor of your Filipino cheese cupcakes. This recipe combines chilled whipping cream and ube paste. After mixing them together, the ube paste is folded into the whipped cream and placed into a freezer-safe container. Freeze the mixture for about an hour or until it has the consistency of ice cream.

The ube ice cream is a traditional Filipino dessert. Its purple color can be seen in many Filipino dishes, and it can be used in a variety of desserts. Fresh ube is difficult to find in the United States, but it can be found in powder or extract form in Filipino grocery stores. Make sure to use the right amount of extract or food coloring to ensure a beautiful purple color.

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Filipino Cheese Cupcakes - The Not So Creative Cook

If you love cheese, you’ll love this easy recipe for Filipino Style Cheese Cupcakes. These delicious cakes require just a few ingredients and are sure to impress your guests. Whether you’re serving them as a midday snack or as a filling breakfast, these cakes will be sure to please. In this recipe, unsalted butter gives these cakes a rich buttery flavor, but you can use salted butter instead. Eggs should be at room temperature before you begin and condensed milk can be used for a creamier texture.

Combine the softened butter, eggs, and sugar. In a separate bowl, add the grated Parmesan and stir until combined. Add the flour and stir to combine. Fold in half of the cheddar and quick-melt cheeses. Mix well with a spatula. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve with your favorite juice drink and enjoy!

Recipe for cheesy Filipino cheese cupcakes

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Filipinos love their cheesy foods and this cheesy Filipino cheese cupcakes recipe is a great way to add the savory flavor to sweet treats. These cupcakes are made with basic ingredients and taste great! These cupcakes are perfect for a quick breakfast or mid-day snack! This recipe uses unsalted butter for a rich and buttery flavor. Alternatively, you can use salted butter and omit the salt. Eggs should be room temperature before use. Condensed milk can also be used for an extra creaminess.

To make cheese cupcakes, you need to blend all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, sifting the powders before adding them to the batter. When it comes to the cheese flavor, you can use condensed milk, which isn’t equivalent to sugar but provides just enough sweetness. Grated cheese will also work for a great cheese flavor. Add a few pieces of scallions and grate more cheese if you prefer.

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