Gigi celebrated her 29th birthday this week. I wanted to make her a special little birthday treat...
The very first time I went through my golden book of patisserie I found a fig, vanilla and honey cupcakes recipe... and thought "this is the one for Gigi!" So I've been saving this little recipe for a month.
A sweet and delightful treat... just like Gigi!
Gigi's fig-a-licious cupcakes
1 c. self-rising flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 tbsp butter, softened
1/4 c. clear honey
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract (heaping tsp)
zest of 1 small orange
1/2 c. finely chopped dried figs
1/4 c. finely chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 325F and line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
Combine the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
In another bowl and with an electric hand-mixer - beat together the butter, honey, eggs, vanilla and orange zest. Once everything is blended - stir this mixture into the flour mixture. Add the figs and walnuts. Mix to just combine.
Spoon the batter into the muffin cups. I got about 2 mini scoops per cupcake.
Bake for 25 minutes. The cupcakes will be golden brow and firm to the touch when they're done.
Put on a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
Meanwhile, make the frosting. I took some liberties with this one... (again, I know those of you who have been reading my blog aren't surprised eh?)....
3 tbsp butter, room temperature
2 tsp clear honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c. icing sugar
*if you have fresh figs, use them to top the cupcakes. I had to use dried figs.
With your hand mixer - blend up your butter (this loosens it up nicely). Add the honey, 1 tsp to begin with, and the vanilla. Combine well. Then add the sugar. Start mixing. I added almost 2 more tsp of honey because I really wanted it to taste like honey. So taste as you mix - and adjust the amounts according to your own personal preferences. This made for REALLY sweet icing...so be careful when adding the honey...
Once everything is well combined and there aren't any lumps - you're frosting is done. You can either using a piping bag and pipe it onto the top of all the cupcakes - or just spread it on with a knife.
Top with the figs (either dried or fresh - depending on what you have available). Or do like we did - and simply top them all with candles! It was a birthday celebration after all!!