The Most Amazing Cake in the World (aka Fig, Honey, Pistachio Cake with Mascarpone Frosting)

Fig, Honey and Pistachio Cake with Mascarpone Buttercream

  • Prep Time: 30m
  • Cook Time: 10m
  • Total Time: 40m
  • Serves: 12 people
  • Yield: 1 9-inch 2-layer cake
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Cake Assembly

  • 2 9-inch yellow cake layers, baked and cooled
  • 1 pint brown turkey figs, quartered
  • 1 pint black mission figs, quartered and some halved (you will not use all of the figs)
  • 3/4 cup roasted pistachios, crushed

Mascarpone Buttercream

  • 2 containers of mascarpone cheese
  • 1 9-ounce carton of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 pound confectioners sugar, plus 1 cup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Honey Drizzle

  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1 dash of cinnamon
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 cardamom pods


Mascarpone Frosting

  1. In a medium bowl, whip mascarpone and cream together with a hand mixer until smooth and combined.
  2. Add vanilla and mix through, then add powdered sugar and whip until icing thickens, about one minute. Add more sugar to taste.

Honey Drizzle

  1. In a mason jar, combine honey, cinnamon, cardamom pods and cloves and heat in microwave 30 sec intervals and stir. Repeat 5-6 times to let the spice meld in to the honey.

Cake Assembly

  1. Put a dab of icing on the cake plate to secure the first cake round in place.
  2. Drizzle the top with a small amount of heated honey to flavor the cake.
  3. Put about 3/4 of a cup of icing on the top of the cake, letting some of the icing spill over the sides.
  4. Add second cake layer. Do not add honey to this layer.
  5. Add icing. Then use a icing/cake spatula to smooth the icing around the sides.
  6. Add fig quarters to the top, sprinkle the crushed pistachios over the figs, and chill.
  7. Right before serving, heat the spiced honey and remove the cloves and pods. Drizzle over the top of the cake and serve.

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