Cover (Story) Girl’s Boracay Calamansi Muffins


Looking for a spot of sunshine amidst the dreary weather, I started rereading Chris Mariano’s Cover (Story) Girl. It’s about Gio, your typical museum curator-next-door and Min-Hee, a feisty girl who seems to have left a mysterious past back in Korea. Since the story is partly set in Boracay, it seems that it’s only natural that the island’s iconic calamansi muffins are mentioned.

Calamansi Muffins

Pepper.ph’s Hacked Calamansi Muffins

There lies the problem. I haven’t even tried Real Coffee’s Calamansi Muffins, mostly owing to the fact that the last time I was in Boracay, it wasn’t even around yet. And I never get any for pasalubong because people know I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. But reading Cover (Story) Girl made me really curious, so what’s a girl to do? Bake, of course!

Cover (Story) Girl

Written by my friend and occasional guest poster, Chris!

Among the prime suspects, pepper.ph’s Boracay Calamansi Muffins hack came to the forefront. With a high Hackurracy rating (it means it’s really close to the original) and easy steps, I set off to try it.

Calamansi Muffins

Citrusy good!

How did it turn out? Simply marvelous. Admittedly, I wasn’t too hot about it when it first came out of the oven. It was good but it wasn’t something I’ll want to eat a lot of. Or so I thought. Because three muffins later, I was hooked. This calamansi muffin has the density of a madeleine but still had a tender crumb. The sweetness was just spot on, accenting the light tartness of the calamansi. It’s perfect to enjoy with a pot of tea and a good book. So if it’ll be a while before you can head back to Boracay, I recommend enjoying these muffins with a copy of Cover (Story) Girl for a virtual beach trip.

Boracay’s Calamansi Muffins: A Food Hack by Pepper.ph
Makes a dozen muffins.

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed calamansi juice
  1. Mix milk and calamansi together. Don’t worry if it curdles. Set aside.
  2. Sift dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) together
  3. Cream butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after every addition.
  5. Add milk mixture and flour mixture into the creamed butter mix.
  6. Mix until well blended, taking care not to overmix.
  7. Spoon into a nonstick muffin pan (the 12 cup kind).
  8. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 18-23 minutes.

I used a nonstick muffin pan as the recipe recommends, and the muffins came out easily with just a light prodding of a bread knife. You may have to prepare the pan (grease and flour) if you’re using a regular aluminum baking pan.

Cover (Story) Girl is available on Amazon and Smashwords.
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9 Responses to Cover (Story) Girl’s Boracay Calamansi Muffins

  1. Nadinne Mischa Garcia says:

    Wow! You did it. I tried making my own version of the calamansi muffin that I’ve tasted during my vacation sa Boracay, pero wala. Haha. Sablay. I’m a fan of extraordinary muffin and cupcakes kasi. Madami dami na din akong nadiscover. One of them is Sweet Maria’s cupcakes. Sulit na sulit. Check out mo fb page nila: fb.com/sweetmaria.ph. I’m sure matutuwa ka. :)

    • kaoko says:

      Try this one Nadinne, it’s pretty easy to make.
      And I encountered Sweet Maria na. The owner offered to send me samples, but turns out our area’s not covered by their delivery. Too out of the way I guess; sucks to live on the outskirts of Manila.

  2. I got married in Boracay! I and I love these muffins :) I must try this soon…thanks for the link!

    • kaoko says:

      Oooh, lovely, a Boracay wedding. It must’ve been so pretty. <3

      And you know, I know someone who tried it with cheese on top. CHEESE! I want to experiment ulit tuloy.

  3. I’ve got to try this! 😉 Thanks for sharing! ????

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  5. Oohhh, these are yummy. I modified them and added 1 Tbsp Matcha powder so they’ll be green. Not only that, the combination is fabulous.

    I also LOVED Chris Mariano’s Cover (Story) Girl. Such an awesome book. Makes me want to have a Boracay romance too.

  6. And Chrissie, I loved your book on Macau too. Yep, sure wish I could travel blog and get assigned to a hot male who’ll take me bungee jumping strapped together. How much better can that get?

    • kaoko says:

      Thanks Rachelle! I was lucky enough to get picked to go on a junket. But not too lucky to get a hunky travel partner. Or maybe it’s a good thing; my husband will kill me. 😛

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