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When Sheila Magcalag booked a trip to Boracay with her family and friends last March, she was down to try any and every tourist-y experience the island is famous for. That includes snacking on Real Coffee and Tea’s popular calamansi muffins.

The pandemic obviously prevented that trip from ever pushing through, leaving Sheila with a bitter feeling for missing out what could’ve been her best summer trip yet.

To make up for the cancelled trip, she decided to bring the Boracay experience at home by baking her own version of fresh and zesty, yet sweet and pillowy calamansi muffins.

“I started baking [it] to get a taste of summer at the comfort of our home during ECQ,” she tells MB Life.

The former marketing professional and mom of two shares that her take on the Boracay-famous treat is largely influenced by her kids who she says are “picky eaters.”

“My firstborn toddler hates sour food or anything with citrus taste,” she says. “The calamansi muffin I baked, however, has become her favorite.”

Sheila’s version of the muffins, following a month-long trial and error in her home kitchen, contain freshly-squeezed calamansi juice just like the ones in Boracay, but tastes less tangy (AKA kid-friendly) and is more mamon-like (but still dense) in texture.

She now sells it online via her lockdown-born home baking business, @cucinanisheng, for P180 per half dozen, along with other goodies like cakes in can (P400-P500), banana muffins (P180/half dozen), oatmeal blocks (P185/half dozen), brownies (P180/half dozen), chocolate chip cookies (P200-P220), and crinkles (P200/dozen).

Through her baked treats, she hopes to not only support her children’s education while looking after them at home, but also share the joy she gets from baked treats—in the case of her calamansi muffins, provide a taste of Boracay until it’s safe to travel again.

Cucina ni Sheng is open to take orders on Facebook and Instagram.

Featured image by Ariana Maralit

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