4 March 2011

Quezo Chiffon Mini Cupcakes (Filipino Chiffon Cake with Cheese)


I was flicking through some of my Filipino food magazines that I collected when I went back a few years ago and I saw this.  I've been wanting to make this cake since I first saw it years ago.  Even my friend, Hilda, made an Indonesian version of this cake for me a few times.  So I decided to make it for the Cooking The Books lunch I hosted at my house.  

Now you might think that cheese does not belong on top of a cupcake.  But I have to tell you, this works.  The salty cheese goes really well with the sweetness of the cupcake.  It also gives the cake a different texture. I urge you to try this.  You will be surprised.


cupacakes
1/2 cup plus 2 tbs of self raising flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup caster sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
2 egg, separated
1/4 cup water
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 oil
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
2 tbs sugar

butter icing
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup icing sugar

For topping, Edam cheese, grated (or if you have it, quezo de bola)

1.  Preheat the oven to 180degC and line 12 hole mini muffin pan.
2.  Place in a large bowl, flour, salt, sugar and baking powder.  Using a whisk, stir until there are no lumps.  Make a well in the center and add the egg yolks, water, vanilla and oil.  Blend till smooth.
3.  In another bowl, whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peak form.  Gradually add the 2 tbs of sugar and continue beating till stiff.
4.  Fold a third of the egg whites into the cake mixture then gently fold in the rest.  Do not over mix the batter.
5.  Fill the cupcake cups 3/4 full and bake for 10-12 minutes.  Cool completely on a wire rack.
6.  Make the butter icing but combining the butter and icing sugar in a bowl and mix till light and fluffy
7.  Once the cupcakes are cooled, spread the butter icing on top and sprinkle with the grated cheese.


Bon Appetite,
Cherrie

9 comments:

/* */ Iron Chef Shellie said...

woooot! thanks for posting, I'm so going to make these :D

/* */ thanh7580 said...

I'm going to make these too. Strangely delicious.

/* */ penny aka jeroxie said...

these are so pretty! I love chiffon and cheese. going to keep this for a special occassion

/* */ Hilda said...

Looks positively heavenly....and am drooling....

/* */ Kat (Spatula, Spoon and Saturday) said...

they were so good!

/* */ Hannah said...

As a diehard fan of cheesecake, I fully believe in the deliciousness of cheesecupcake ;) Now, if only I had the courage to make a gorgonzola version...

/* */ Joy said...

Ohhh that looks great. I love how you used the cheese topping.

/* */ Agnes said...

They were so nice! Thanks for making them :D

/* */ Heidi - Apples Under My Bed said...

Beautiful! I've never made chiffon cake in any form, lovely to see this version. I love sweet and salty flavours together. Plus, they look so pretty! :)
Heidi xo

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