Cream-Filled Cupcakes

Filipino Style Recipe: Cream-Filled Cupcakes is another variety of cupcakes filled with cream filling made of cream cheese, sugar, salt and chocolate chips. This can be served during breakfast together with coffee or during mid-afternoon snack.

Estimated time of preparation: 30-40 minutes
Estimated time of baking: 20 minutes(plus chilling time)
Good for 12-14 cupcakes

Dry Ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup white sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda

Liquid Ingredients:
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vinegar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Cream Filling:
1 pack cream cheese, softened
4 tbsp white sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Part 1
1. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients then mix well. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, combine liquid ingredients then mix well.
3. Combine dry and liquid ingredients then mix until well blended.

Part 2
1. In another bowl, combine cream filling ingredients then mix well until sugar is fully incorporated.
2. Add chocolate chips then mix well. Set aside.

Part 3
1. In a muffin pan, line muffin cups then pour batter up to half of muffin cups.
2. Scoop cream filling and put in the center of each muffin cups then pour the remaining batter.
3. Bake in preheated oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until done.(Cupcakes is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.)
4. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

Blueberry Cheese Cupcakes

Filipino Style Recipe: Blueberry Cheese Cupcakes is a thick and soft sweetened dessert made of cream cheese, eggs, sour cream and sugar. Pour and spread in hard biscuit crust usually made from finely crushed Oreo cookies or graham crackers and then baked until firm. Topped with blueberry pie filling and chilled before serving.

Estimated time of preparation: 30-40 minutes
Estimated time of baking: 30 minutes(plus chilling time)
Good for 15-18 cupcakes

1 can blueberry pie filling/topping

2 packs Oreo cookies, discard filling, finely crushed
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 tablespoon sugar

3 Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons flour
3/4 tablespoon vanilla
4 raw eggs

Part 1
1. In a mixing bowl, combine crushed Oreo, sugar, and butter then mix until well combined.(Mixture should be moist, add more butter if too dry).
2. In a muffin pan, place paper cups then spread and press down the Oreo mixture up to 1/4 inch thick. Let it set for at least 5 minutes.

Part 2
1. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar until well blended.
2. Add sour cream, flour, and vanilla then mix well.
3. Add eggs one at a time, mixing slowly until just blended.
4. Pour and spread the filling evenly into the crust.

Part 3
1. Bake in preheated oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
2. Remove from oven and let it cool then top with blueberry pie filling.
3. Chill for at least 4 hours. Serve.

(thanks Ms. Rochelle for sharing)

Brazo de Mercedes

Filipino Style Recipe: Brazo de Mercedes is another popular Filipino dessert or snack that is mostly available in bakeries. Brazo de Mercedes is a rolled cake filled with custard made of egg yolks and condensed milk. This is usually served in any occasion specially during holidays.

Estimated time of preparation: 15-20 minutes
Estimated time of baking: 20 minutes

8 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup white refined sugar
3 tablespoons confectioners sugar

8 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups condensed milk

Part 1
1. In a electric mixer or mixing bowl, combine eggs and cream of tartar until soft.
2. Gradually add sugar while mixing then continue stirring until well blended.
3. In a large baking pan, lined a wax paper then grease with butter.
4. Spread the mixture evenly then bake over 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes or until medium brown. Set aside and Let it cool.

Part 2
1. In a pan, combine condensed milk, vanilla extract and egg yolk in a low heat. Keep stirring until thickens.
2. Sprinkle the top of meringue with confectioners sugar then top with wax paper.
3. Flip the meringue then spread the filling on top.
4. Roll the meringue into a log. Transfer into serving pan then slice and serve.