The absurdist (fruit and cheese platter cupcakes)

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves18
  • DifficultyEasy

For the cupcakes

315g plain flour
300g caster sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
10g finely grated orange zest
3 eggs
250ml orange juice
220g unsalted butter, melted
250ml vegetable oil
25g finely grated Parmesan

For the brown sugar sauce

250g dark brown sugar
125ml water
8 black figs, trimmed and roughly chopped
25g unsalted butter
1g orange zest

For the honey goat cheese icing

300g goat cheese, at room temperature
250g cream cheese, at room temperature
25g unsalted butter, at room temperature
125g icing sugar
20g honey
For the cupcakes:

1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/Gas mark 4. Line 2 muffin tins with 18 to 19 cupcake liners.

2) Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest in a medium bowl.

3) In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, mix the eggs, orange juice, butter, and vegetable oil on medium speed until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Turn the mixer to medium-low speed, and add the dry ingredients a little bit at a time, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary. Mix until just combined.

4) Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full, and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 minutes. Cool the cupcakes completely.

For the brown sugar fig sauce:

1) In a medium saucepan, bring the brown sugar and water to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium, stir in the figs, butter, and orange zest, and heat until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and allow to cool.

For the goat cheese icing:

1) In the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk the goat cheese, cream cheese, and butter on medium-high speed until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium, and gradually add the icing sugar until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary. Add the honey and beat until incorporated.

To assemble:

1) Peel the cupcake away from its liner, and place upside down on the top of a new, fresh liner. The narrow end of the cupcake should be facing up at this point. Pour 2 to 3 tbsp. of the brown sugar fig sauce on top of each cupcake, allowing the sauce and figs to drip down the sides. Fill a piping bag equipped with a star tip with the honey goat cheese icing, and pipe stars on the top of each cupcake. Sprinkle the tops of the cupcakes with the Parmesan.

Cook's Note: For an extra fun touch, place a small piece of fruit on a decorative toothpick and place in the top of the cupcake.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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