Cake/ Desserts

Honey Mascarpone Fig Cake

Ummm, can we just talk about the fact that I found fresh figs??!!?

Yes, figs. And in Meijer for that matter. In the middle of winter…Not common. I mean I have a hard enough time finding figs in the late summer when they’re in season, let alone in the middle of winter.

With that said, I took my first work from home day by storm this week and promptly stopped working at lunch to create this magical cake. That is before hopping back on my computer after lunch and getting back to work. But that’s what you do when you work from home right?? You make a cake during lunch. Then continue to snack on it all day until you have to pawn it of on someone before you finish the entire thing, enter in my husband and all the brew boys next door.

But this is not just any cake. This insanely flavorful, decadent mascarpone cake that has a way of being light and fluffy and dense all at the same time. There is this touch of sweetness from the mascarpone and honey, but also a dimension of savory from the ricotta and lemon. What I am basically trying to say is this cake is MOIST! Listen, if you hate the word moist, I tried to not use it. I even got this far, but there is just no better way to describe it. It has so much flavor without being all dry and needing to be covered in frosting or glaze to make up for it.

This cake is perfection.

I first found the idea from Ina Gartens cook like a pro cookbook. She describes this cake as one of her showstoppers that she always chooses to make when she wants to impress someone. So of course, being the Ina Garten fanatic that I am, I had to try it.

And I was not disappointed…

I think the best thing about this cake is also the fact that it takes only a few quick minutes to whip up. I made sure I added my own twist on the recipe by swapping out the sour cream for my all time favorite mascarpone, adding a bit of honey, because well everything is better with honey. Then bake and you’re done! Your house starts smelling something amazing in the meantime and it just is an all around a win-win experience.

So next time you see figs, remember, this cake is just 30 minutes away from being in your belly…Or you could always leave the figs out and make it anyway! Enjoy!

Honey Lemon Mascarpone Fig Cake

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By Twig & Berry Kitchen Serves: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Sharing my favorite cake yet, the honey lemon mascarpone fig cake. Derived from a recipe in Ina Garten's cook like a pro cookbook, it is the perfect recipe for a quick and insanely delicious cake. With the sweetness of honey, sourness of lemon and savoriness of ricotta, this cake is perfection in every bite.


  • 10 tablespoons (1¼ sticks) unsalted butter, room
  • temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup fresh whole milk ricotta, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons mascarpone
  • 2 tablespoons honey (I love using local stuff)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 large (or 12 medium) fresh figs, stems removed, sliced into quarters



Preheat the oven to 375º and butter a 9-inch round pan. I use my pie pan.


Cream together the butter and sugar for 3 minutes, preferably in the bowl of a stand mixer. Scrape down the sides. Add in eggs, ricotta, mascarpone, honey, vanilla and lemon zest. Mix together another minute or two.


In a separate bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. Then slowly add them to the wet ingredients and stir until just incorporated. You don't want to stir for too long or the cake will become too dense. Pour mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Place the sliced figs on top, not overlapping but close together. Bake 35-45 minutes or until the center no longer jiggles when you shake the pan. You can also check the old fashioned way with a toothpick.


Allow cake to cool for 15 minutes before serving. Enjoyed best when warm!

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    February 1, 2019 at 9:58 am

    This cake looks AMAZING!!!

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