Taisan Cupcakes Recipe

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IMAGE Bianca Laxamana

Taisan cupcakes are a beloved panaderya treat. They're simply flavored, pillowy soft, and a popular after-school snack. The simple butter and sugar topping makes these cupcakes different from the typical mamon (sponge cake) and elevates these into an irresistible treat. 

What are Taisan Cupcakes? 

These little cupcakes are nostalgic because these were the cupcakes we grew up eating! These are incredibly soft and tender little cupcakes. The base is a simple chiffon mini cake topped with sugar. Sometimes, these are baked in loaf pans and brushed with butter and topped with grated cheese. These however we simpler fare that attracted our sweet tooth with its signature crystalline topping of granulated sugar. 

How to Serve Taisan Cupcakes

It's easy to see how these could be so addictive! These were simply baked in unassuming cupcake liners that were small enough to fit our grade school hands but big enough to satisfy our yearning for a sweet snack. 


How to Bake Taisan Cupcakes

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Taisan cupcakes are delicate little cupcakes brushed with butter and
Photo by Bianca Laxamana
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The cupcake itself is a straightforward chiffon cake. The addition of baking powder into an otherwise sponge cake recipe batter ensures that nothing inhibits the cake's rise in the oven. The batter starts with egg yolks, oil (or melted butter if you want to get fancy), water, a little lemon zest, and a little vanilla flavoring if desired. (The aroma is undeniably irresistible if you do.) These are beaten until frothy and light. The dry ingredients are then folded in.


Then comes the whipped egg whites. This is probably the most important part of the recipe since this is what will provide that initial lift when the cake is in the oven. Whipped egg whites should be soft and moderately opaque in color when properly whipped. This needs to be folded into the egg yolk batter until just mixed in. 

Portion these into cupcake liners in cupcake tins before baking. You'll be rewarded with little puffs of soft cake that yield just enough when gently pressed and bounce back. These can be brushed with melted butter immediately and sprinkled with sugar. You'll want more than one of these delicate little cakes when they finally cool down enough to eat! 

Tips to Make Taisan Cupcakes

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This is what soft peaks, stiff peaks, and overwhipped egg whites look like.
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The most important tip is to handle the egg whites right. Remember to whip the egg whites until just stiff peaks for a maximum rise in the oven. If you do not whip it enough, you'll have less tender cakes. If you overwhip or overbeat the egg whites, you can whip another egg white and add it in to fix the dry whites. You know you're done whipping the egg whites when you can hold the bowl over and none slip out. 

Another way to tell is to hold your whisk up and see if the tip of the egg white stays up or droops. If it droops, whip it a little more. If it doesn't, it's perfect! If it clumps, you overbeat it and should whip another egg white to help fix your baking mistake

How to Store Taisan Cupcakes

These cupcakes are delicate so storing these in airtight containers is a must! However, storing these is also not a good idea since they are dotted with lots of air pockets that can easily make these stale. Avoid this by consuming them within 2 to 3 days for best results. 


Watch: Taisan Cupcakes Recipe 

Taisan Cupcakes Recipe

Prep Time
30 mins 
Cooking Time
20 mins 
Ready In
50 mins 
Filipino, French
Cooking Method

Taisan Cupcakes Ingredients

How to make Taisan Cupcakes


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