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Honey and vanilla cupcakes with fig and goat’s cheese icing

Makes 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

For the Cakes

  • 125g salted butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 large, organic, free range eggs
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 vanilla pod or 1 tsp essence

For the Icing

  • 150g soft goat’s cheese
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Fig jam or conserve
  • 3 fresh figs
Honey & Vanilla Cupcake with Fig & Goats Cheese Icing Liz Earle Wellbeing

Goat’s cheese has been enjoying a healthy revival over the past couple of years and, inspired by this, we have come up with a delicious recipe that is sure to surprise you. The cheese and figs are a match made in heaven, and between them contain numerous health benefits.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4.
  2. Mix together the butter and self-raising flour to a soft and creamy consistency. Slowly add the eggs, flour, honey and vanilla seeds and mix well.
  3. Spoon an even amount of the mix into the 12 cupcake cases and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  4. While your cakes are cooking, take a clean bowl and mix together the soft goat’s cheese, icing sugar and honey until it reaches a silky, shiny consistency. Place the icing into the fridge to cool.
  5. Once the cakes have completely cooled, spread a layer of fig jam onto the top of each cake, followed by a dollop of the delicious goat’s cheese icing. Top the cakes with a slice of fresh fig, et voilà – a delicious afternoon treat for the whole family to enjoy!

 

Wellbeing Wisdom

  • Goat’s cheese is around a fifth lower in calories than cow’s milk cheese, as well as slightly higher in protein and bone-strengthening calcium
  • The potassium in figs helps reduce blood pressure by balancing out the bad effects of salt and aiding the kidney to reduce the amount of fluid in our bodies