Sticky Fig Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Glaze Recipe

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas time is here, happiness and.......cupcakes!! This involves my two favorite things: cupcakes and Christmas. For me, it truly does not get much better than this. Kick off the Christmas season with cupcakes designed for this special time of year. Gather the kids to help bake these for the whole family!

For this recipe you'll need:

2 tbsp butter
1/2 heavy whipping cream
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla

1 cup water
1 cup dried figs, chopped
1 1/4 all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (optional)
1/2 stick butter at room temp
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp lemon zest
2 tsp vanilla

First, prepare the glaze. In a sauce pan at medium, melt together the butter, cream and brown sugar constantly stirring until mixture is uniform and brown sugar has dissolved. Then, heat on high for approximately 1 minute, or until boiling. Remove from the stove and stir in vanilla. Set aside.

For cupcakes, preheat oven to 350º. Heat the figs chopped into quarters in water until boiling. Once boiling, remove from stove and set aside. In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set bowl aside. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together sugar and butter until creamy. Then add eggs, lemon zest and vanilla to mixture. Beat together until smooth. Next, pour in the flour mixture until smooth. Then add the figs and the remaining liquid from the sauce pan.

Pour batter into cupcake liners and place in cupcake pan. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until cupcakes are firm, but still doughy. Remove cupcakes from oven. Pour 1/2 tbsp brown sugar glaze over each cupcake. Sauce may drip down the sides, so pour carefully. Bake cupcakes again at 225º for approximately 20 minutes until an inserted toothpick can be stuck in the cupcake and come out dry. Take cupcakes out and let cool for 10 minutes.

For best results, serve the cupcakes while still warm with heavy whipping cream, whipped cream or powdered sugar. Enjoy!


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