Fresh figs are only in season for a short time, so celebrate them with this delicious almond honey cake with roasted figs and mascarpone frosting.

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almond honey cake with roasted figs and mascarpone frosting

It’s my favorite time of yeeeaaarrr!!!

Other than all of fall/pumpkin season. Obviously.

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FIG SEASON.

(!!!)(!!!)(!!!)

I’m only severely excited/doing cartwheels in my kitchen. Can you tell?

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Right now I’m caught up in quite the frenzy, trying to inhale them in as many ways as is humanly possible for fear that I’ll blink and their unreasonably short time on this planet will be over. I realize that technically they come around every year so it’s not like I’ll never encounter one again, but 365 days is a long time. Gotta take advantage while we can.

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Figs are kind of like apricots in that they can either be bundles of sweet sweet joy or flavorless buzzkills. And there is absolutely no way to tell until you’ve bitten into one and risked having all your hopes and dreams crumble to the ground.

Yeah, eating them can be pretty stressful BUT. Have no fear. A little coaxing in the oven is all they need to turn into the most perfect versions of themselves.

Easy. We got this.

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If you know me, then you know that the only thing I love more than figs (and pumpkin) is coffee!! I definitely can’t start the day without it and I frequently can’t get through the day without multiple cups. Some would say it’s a problem (like my husband), but I just think it’s life. And one of the best parts of it.

Part of the fun of coffee drinking is that it gives you an excuse to have “a nice piece of cake”, as my grandmother used to say, at random times of the day…because I think we all know that coffee is better with cake. Always.

Not to brag or anything, but this almond honey cake definitely qualifies as “a nice piece of cake”. It’s lightly sweet with a tight, pound cake-like crumb, and is perfectly paired with an almost tart mascarpone frosting and sticky sweet caramelized roasted figs. I love that the figs get to shine, but the cake can definitely hold its own as well. They’re a dynamic duo, those two.

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A cake like this doesn’t deserve just any coffee for pairing with, so I made sure to add in a swig of International Delight’s Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer to my cup of joe when I was eating it. The layers of flavor it adds make you feel like you’re drinking a coffeehouse quality beverage, all from the comfort of your own home…with your own homemade cake in front of you.

Coffee breaks just don’t get any better than that. And neither do figs.

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Almond Honey Cake with Roasted Figs and Mascarpone Frosting
 
Fresh figs are only in season for a short time, so celebrate them with this delicious almond honey cake with roasted figs and mascarpone frosting.
Yield: 1 8-inch cake
Ingredients
For the cake
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey, divided
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp International Delight Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer
For the roasted figs
  • 8-10 figs, halved
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • pinch of coarse sea salt
For the mascarpone frosting
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz mascarpone
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. For the cake, heat oven to 350F. Grease an 8-inch round cake pan and line with parchment paper, then grease again.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar, ¼ cup of honey, and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes on medium speed. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  3. Add the flour, almond flour, baking soda, and salt to the mixer bowl and mix until just combined. Add in the coffee creamer and beat until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Use a chopstick or skewer to poke holes all over the cake while it's still warm. Pour the remaining ¼ cup of honey over the cake. Allow to cool in the pan.
  5. For the roasted figs, heat oven to 400F. Spread the figs, cut side up, on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with the honey and sprinkle with sea salt. Roast for 20 minutes.
  6. For the mascarpone frosting, beat together the heavy cream, mascarpone, and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.
  7. To assemble, turn the cake onto a serving plate. Spread the mascarpone frosting over the cake. Top with the roasted figs. Chill until ready to serve.
Notes
Adapted from Half-Baked Harvest
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice

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38 Responses to Almond Honey Cake with Roasted Figs and Mascarpone Frosting

  1. Almond, honey, roasted figs, mascarpone in a cake? WOW! I am dying to have slice of this summery beauty. Absolutely stunning and deeeelicious! Can I come to visit you? 😉 This is beyond YUM, Joanna!

  2. This looks too good to be true! And I love the addition of the creamer to the cake, such a nice touch! 🙂

  3. Ah yes–fig season!! Nothing like it. This cake looks like the perfect use for those fruits, especially with the marscapone frosting 😀

  4. The texture of this cake looks like pure perfection!

  5. This has to be the perfect cake.
    I’m in the process of making a almond and honey cheesecake (oh snap!) – wish I had me some figs!

  6. Girl, you are so fancy!! This cake looks awesome.

  7. Hooray for fig season and this cake!!! WOW-za!

  8. Johanna GGG says:

    mmm figs and honey – I am a fig wuss because I love them when they are good but fear they are bad but I think I need this cake (if the cold weather ever goes and lets in the warmth again)

  9. Heather says:

    Confession… I’ve never had just a plain old fig. I think I had one dried when I was really young and was grossed out by the texture and never ever tried one again. Probably time I changed that. :p

  10. Figs are one of those things that I reeeeeeally want to like. They look beautiful, and everyone raves about them, but I just didn’t enjoy them. But, I have only tried them twice and I always say to give things a try 3 times.

    This cake looks beautiful though.

  11. This cake is everything good in the world! So beautiful, and with so many flavors I love.

  12. Debbie says:

    My favorite fruit and one gorgeous cake!

  13. Meg says:

    This looks delicious and gorgeous, and I’m so with you on coffee! A nice piece of cake to enjoy with our favorite beverage is such a treat.

  14. Saw this on insta and died a little- this cake is fabulous! Pinned 🙂

  15. Trisha says:

    Joanne, this cake is absolutely gorgeous, and I love the combination of flavors here (almond, honey, mascarpone & fig) It’s the perfect recipe for late summer, and you might just have gotten me a little excited for fall…..:)

  16. Pam says:

    I love fig season too! The cake looks lovely & delicious.

  17. I love roasted figs and every slice of this cake deserves a cup of coffee 🙂

  18. Zainab says:

    Wow! This is a cake I want to devour 🙂

  19. SOO GOOD!! I love this cake and the flavours are mind blowing!! Yum yum yummm!! 🙂

  20. I want to lick that mascarpone frosting clean! So yum!

  21. That is one pretty cake! I love fresh figs, got to try this one.

  22. What a wonderful pairing! Honey and almond and mascarpone and figs and ID’s Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer -ALL in one mouthful! “Obsessed” is tame in explaining my feelings for this!

  23. Agness says:

    I love raw cakes, especially the raw ones. They are extremely yummy I must admit! 🙂 Yours looks so gorgeous! I’m simply jealous of your baking skills.

  24. What a beautiful cake! Love these flavors!

  25. I’m still shoveling berries and peaches down my throat but clearly need to add figs to the mix. Preferably in cake form, of course.

  26. Eileen says:

    Figs!! They deserve a whole boatload of exclamation points. 🙂 This cake sounds like the perfect way to get your daily fig quota in!

  27. Wow! This looks just beautiful and delicious. This cake is so perfect – the ingredients combination will have me dreaming of this cake tonight.

  28. All of my favorite fig compliment flavors, I am sooooo digging this masterpiece of a cake!

  29. Sarah says:

    Wow this looks so good! Those figs are beautiful 🙂 Yum!

  30. AHHHH! This is so gorgeous and I want to EAT IT!

  31. Susan says:

    All I need to see is almonds and figs and I get excited! This looks so delicious with those gorgeous figs on top.

  32. Krista says:

    Happy, happy sigh!! This cake is simply marvelous, such good, earthy, creamy, wonderful flavors. 🙂

  33. Oh, I LOVE figs too Joanne – now here is some fig envy – the gardens where I work have five fig trees which during the season we just pick and eat as we want and also the property we purchased last year and are building on has a fig tree – different variety:)

  34. Kelly says:

    This cake is beautiful! I love the almond and honey combo! My neighbor has a fig tree and gives us a box every year and there is seriously nothing like a good fig! I wish I had a slice of this for breakfast this morning! That mascarpone frosting sounds perfect with everything!

  35. Kate says:

    I was equally excited when I saw figs in the grocery store/farmer’s market!

  36. This looks too good! My dad was also super obsessed with figs, so this would be the perfect cake to make for him 🙂

  37. elly says:

    That is a GORGEOUS cake. I love figs. So yeah, about that whole living by you thing…

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