Fig Cupcakes with Vanilla Mascarpone Buttercream

I was dreaming of cupcake flavours one day, and this totally sophisticated vanilla cake bursting with chewy fig and delicate fig seeds with a not-too-sweet icing (that sort of tastes like cream cheese icing, but better) is what I dreamed up.  These cupcakes tasted just as good as I imagined they might.

Fig Cupcakes with Vanilla Mascarpone Buttercream

Here’s what you need:

For the cupcakes – 

½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

2/3 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

¼ cup milk

Figs (either dried or fresh) (a note about the figs:  I did half of my batter with the mashed flesh of about 6 fresh figs blended in, and half of it with chopped dried figs, and had some taste testers compare.  The fresh fig cupcakes were more moist and soft, and the fig flavour was subtle but for the crunch of fig seeds.  The dried figs provided a nice texture and a more prominent figgy-ness, if you will.  Up to you)



For the Vanilla Mascarpone Buttercream – 

I used my trusty vanilla buttercream recipe, as I’m wont to do, and mixed it nearly half and half with mascarpone cheese before piping it onto my cupcakes.  You can use as much or as little mascarpone as you like…add a little and taste…add a little and taste…until it’s just right!

Here’s what you do:

Preheat your oven to 350F.  Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Cream your butter and sugar until light and fluffy, using either a stand mixer, electric beaters, or a very strong and tireless arm.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating the mixture to incorporate each egg before adding the next.  Beat in the vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.  Add the dry ingredients and the milk to the egg/butter mixture alternating in three additions (add in some flour, then some milk, then some flour, then some milk, then the rest of the flour) until combined.

Mix in your figs, and then distribute the batter into the muffin cups and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cupcake comes out clean.

Fresh fig mixed into vanilla cupcake batter

Fresh fig mixed into vanilla cupcake batter

While the cupcakes are baking, whip up your buttercream (or whenever, really…who am I to tell you when to make your buttercream?  In your pyjamas at 2a.m.?  Fine.)

Vanilla cupcake studded with dried figs

Vanilla cupcake studded with dried figs


Once the cupcakes have cooled, frost them using a pastry bag fitted with a large tip.  Top with a slice of fresh fig, for fanciness.



Recipe is a Jessie original, using basic vanilla buttercream and vanilla cupcake recipes from Annie’s Eats.

4 comments on “Fig Cupcakes with Vanilla Mascarpone Buttercream

  1. First hand taster experience here … these f*ing rocked my world! So good!!! Fig for fanciness required, I love when Jess bakes and brings the goodies to work. Jared Penny you would appreciate these for sure…

  2. Jess, just wanted to say this inspired me. I made a few modifications to your recipe and created one just as tantalizing. Since it was inspired by this post I wanted to acknowledge that, please check out my blog Thank you and Happy Holidays!

    • Wow, thanks so much for trying my recipe, and for the awesome shout-out, Heather! I really appreciate it, and I’m so glad you had a positive fig experience!

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