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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Fig Honey glazed Spice Cupcakes

3 more weeks in the cast... but somehow I managed to create these simply delightful cupcakes. I completely love figs, but can't seem to find decent figs for some reason. So I've been using fig jam a lot- it comes into play again here, with some gorgeous sunflower honey that Alina and Aaron sent me as a strange ingredient.

I turned these into cupcakes, but would make a great fall cake too! The streaks of fig jam caramelize and then the glaze soaks into the cake--mmh mmh! It's like a grown up cupcake!

Fig Honey glazed Spice Cupcakes

2 1/3 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp b powder
1/2 tsp b soda
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground clove
1/2 tsp salt

in Mixer, mix until light and fluffy:
1 1/4 cups sugar
12 tbls butter 1 1/2 sticks) I use unsalted

add one at a time:
3 eggs

mix the sifted flour mix and buttermilk with the sugar/butter; alternating in batches:
3/4 cup plus 2 tbls buttermilk

1/2 cup of fig jam to the mixture; don't overbeat- let the batter have streaks of jam in it.

Fill cupcake molds, or a 9x13 cake or a bunt cake pan (well greased!)

Bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick comes out clean. Check them sooner than you think, as they don't get too dark!

Once out of the oven, warm together (drop in the microwave for 20 seconds or warm on the stove until hot and runny):

3/4 cup fig jam
1/2 cup sunflower honey

Pour over the still hot cupcakes (or cake), this will help the mixture soak into the cakes.
Top with cream cheese frosting if you want.

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