Our favorite buttery bread is made into cupcakes! Soft buttery cake topped with sugar, cheese, and yes more butter. It may be an unusual trio to some, but they are exactly the reasons why we, Filipinos, love Ensaymada. A triple treat that is hard to resist.
Ensaymada is a popular and favorite bread in the Philippines. Considered a special treat to many compared to other bread because of its high egg and butter content, quite similar to brioche actually.
Making the bread does need some time but making these cupcakes, on the other hand, is way easier, faster, and fun to make. No need for dough-rising or shaping.
The recipe calls for two kinds of fat, oil, and butter, but you can use pure butter to make it even richer.
The actual frosting for the Ensaymada comprises regular white sugar mixed with butter then topped with cheese and then sprinkled with more sugar. If you prefer a smoother texture when you bite into the cakes, use powdered sugar instead of regular sugar.
I still recommend sprinkling a little bit of that granulated sweetness over the cheese though. It is Ensaymada after all.
These cupcakes are so so rich and filling. Pair it with coffee, tea, or dark hot chocolate for a more delightful afternoon snack.
And oh! It is best served warm. Put it in the microwave for 40 seconds, without the liners, and a delicious warm cake with melted butter, sugar and cheese will greet you as you open the oven. Hmmmm....
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Watch the video on how to make Ensaymada Cupcakes
Ensaymada Cupcakes (Original Recipe)
- ¾ cup whole milk
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar or lemon juice
- ¼ cup butter (unsalted)
- ¼ cup vegetable oil (i used canola)
- 2 whole eggs
- ¾ cup white sugar (add more if desired)
- 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup butter (unsalted)
- 4 tablespoons powdered sugar or ¼ cup white sugar (add more if desired)
- ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons white sugar to sprinkle (optional)
- Pre-heat oven to 350f/180c.
- Place 12 cupcake liners in a cupcake tin.
- To make the buttermilk, combine milk and vinegar. Stir briefly then set aside for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine butter, oil, and sugar. Whisk vigorously until mixture becomes pale and fluffy. Add eggs then continue whisking until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Once buttermilk mixture has curdled, add it to the butter mixture. Stir until well combined.
- Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in two portions. Whisk until just combined. DO NOT OVER-MIX. Use a spatula if you must.
- Fill each cupcake liner with the batter. They should just be over ¾ full. Use a big spoon or icecream scoop.
- Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove cupcakes from pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
- Mix butter and sugar. Spread over each cupcake then top with grated cheddar cheese.
- Sprinkle some white sugar over the cheese. This is an optional step but makes the cakes even more "Ensaymada-ish".
- Serve with coffee, tea or dark hot chocolate.
Recipe Notes and Tips:
- The recipe calls for two kinds of fat, oil, and butter, but you can use pure butter to make it even richer.
- To make a perfect cupcake texture, make sure that the fat and sugar are thoroughly combined. The color should be pale and the mixture will be a little fluffy before adding in the eggs.
- The cupcakes are best served warm. Put it in the microwave for 40 seconds, without the liners, and a delicious warm cake with melted butter, sugar and cheese will greet you as you open the oven.
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Cecil Paderon says
I like your recipe. My husband was very happy. Ang sarap😋🥰😋
Thanks a lot😇
You're welcome, Cecil! Glad he enjoyed it 🙂
What exactly is white vinegar if I look for this in the US? Is it distilled vinegar? Or can I use the Philippine brands of suka sold here?
Distilled vinegar or white Philippine suka are both fine.
I tried making it today.And it was so good. Thank you for the recipe.❤️??
That's awesome, Sherry! Glad you enjoyed this ensaymada recipe. Thanks for the good feedback!
Teri L says
What type of cheddar cheese did you use. I noticed your cheese is white … is it Queso de bola?
I use processed cheddar cheese. You can use mild or sharp cheddar too.
Hi ? Hello ? Can I use another oil instead of canola oil ?
You can also use vegetable oil or any neutral oil with high smoke points.
Can I make cupcakes ahead of time (will it sit ok in fridge overnight) and toppings made next day?
Yes, definitely! store in an airtight container so it doesn't dry up.
Sis this is so yummy and easy to make cupcake ensaymada? we made this for breakfast and the kids superloved the outcome. smothered it with lots of butter and sugar mixture and loaded it with cheese. so yummy! thank you again for this recipe
You're welcome, Anne. Glad the kids loved it!
What brand of cheese do you use?
Hello, I use regular processed cheese.