Anyone who knows me knows my deep aspiration to become a baker. I’m not one who usually has time to sit and commit to watching a show, but when I do it’s almost always Cupcake Wars. The addiction is real. Not to mention, when you follow incredible bakers like @nutmegandhoneybee or @makerdonuts, it’s hard not to let your mind want to try for yourself!
So, my inspiration got real this Christmas, and usually my sister and I are in charge of the baking (which is far from a chore for me!)
As I was baking our usual spread of cookies for the season, I stumbled upon this delish recipe from DessertforTwo. Thanksgiving made my fig addiction skyrocket to a whole new level, so this petite recipe came in clutch! Instantly inspired, I was excited to find that most of the ingredients were something we already had from other cookie recipes we were baking.
We got to the baking and I doubled the recipe, since I knew I wanted to make an adorable mini cake enough for more than two. Following the instructions, I was pleased to find they were very straight forward and easy to understand. I even took the liberty of adding a little extra orange zest to the frosting and was able to start having some fun with it.
The recipe yielded this delicious brown sugar, apple and fig cake, with a honey cream cheese frosting. The cake had a denser consistency than typical cake- so less fluffy and more of a fruit cake type feel- and was the perfect balance of sweet with a little touch of tang from the cream cheese frosting. I especially liked that the recipe called for me to coat the chopped figs in my dry ingredients first so they baked into the cake. Genius. Garnish with a little rosemary and extra figs and hopefully your family will enjoy it as much as we did.
Naturally, my love for product photography gave me no choice but to give this tiny dessert a mini photo shoot.
This recipe was definitely a success in every way and I loved adapting it in my own style! For sure give it a taste and let me know how yours turned out!