Looking for something “different”?  Looking for something unique and delicious?  These cupcakes from Style Me Pretty are sweetened with honey and are topped with a light mascarpone cheese frosting.  Sounds good but add a caramelized fig and you have one very special cupcake.

Honey Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting

Ingredients:  

1¼ c. cake flour
½ c. all-purpose flour
½ c. honey
½ c. unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 c. sour cream
2/3 c. whole milk
2 eggs
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cupcake tins with 16 liners, set aside.

2. In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add butter, honey, sour cream, vanilla extract and the scraped seeds from the vanilla bean. Beat for 1 minute.

4. Add one egg at a time, mixing after each addition. With mixing speed on low, alternate between adding the dry ingredients and the milk. Beat until just combined.

5. Divide batter and fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full.

6. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

7. Remove from oven and let cupcakes cool in tins for 5 minutes, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Mascarpone Frosting

2 (8 oz.) containers mascarpone cheese
1 c. heavy whipping cream
¼ c. granulated sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine mascarpone cheese, heavy whipping cream, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract.

2. With mixing speed on low, begin to beat the mixture. Gradually turn the speed up until it reaches a medium-high speed. Beat mixture for 2-3 minutes until soft peaks begin to form (keep an eye on it while it is beating, you do not want the mixture to curdle).

3. Frost cooled cupcakes as desired.

Caramelized Figs

¼ c. granulated sugar
8 ripe and sweet figs, cut in half

Dip the cut side of each fig into the granulated sugar. Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Using a kitchen torch, caramelize each fig (this will take approximately 1 minute). Place a cooled fig half on the top of each cupcake.

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