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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 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
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.
Keyword cupcakes