One of my fondest childhood memories is when I’d spend my afternoons watching my mom in the kitchen as she bake different kinds of cakes, cookies and other pastries. I remember sitting in one corner of her working table, looking at all the raw ingredients as they are slowly being tossed in the mixer. I would stay like that for hours watching her do her magic, and before I know it? Freshly baked goodies are already being laid right in front of me. She sure bakes a lot, but no, we didn’t own a pastry shop back then. But things changed over time. We transferred from one place to another and several other things had transpired as we were growing up. Along with the changes, my mom eventually stopped baking.
But just last Christmas, mom bought herself a new Baking Oven. We were all excited because it only meant one thing: she would bake again! And so she did! The other day, she baked one of my most favorite cupcakes in the world; her Special Cheese Cupcake. I can’t remember when was the last time she baked it for us. My first bite after so many years was so nostalgic. And right then and there, I was 7 years old again.
Mom’s Cheese Cupcake looks pretty simple and straight forward. No fancy frosting or toppings; Just a plain looking piece of pastry. But, the real goodness of this comes in when you close your eyes as you take a bite. The scent of its freshness is very addicting and I’m not even talking bias here. Okay, maybe a little. But hey, who doesn’t love cheesecakes? Now, this is not the kind of cheesecake that you’re probably imagining. Its taste is very far from the good’ol Blueberry Cheese Cupcakes with cream cheese base. Mom’s version of Cheese Cupcake is made with cheddar cheese. I can’t tell you all the other secret ingredients as she might kill me. Hah! Another thing that I also like about this cupcake is that, it’s dense and moist. You know how some cupcakes tend to be airy and they get stuck in your throat? I hate those kinds. Mom’s cupcake has a bite to it, which I really love. It has the right amount of sweetness and the cheese is not too overwhelming. It’s the kind of comfort food that would make you think of clouds, and rainbows, and unicorns.
Now that I’m a grown up, it’s about time for me to stand up from the corner and learn how to bake. Mom said baking is no rocket science as long as you’re passionate about it. Wow, hand me the mixer. I’m serious.