1/2 Cup Butter
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 Egg Yolks
1 cup Cake Flour
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Sea Salt
1/2 cup Buttermilk
1/2 cup Fig Jam, homemade or store bought
1 Tablespoon Walnut Liqueur, or other liquid of choice
Honey-Cream Cheese Buttercream:
1/2 pound or 1 cup Cream Cheese
6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
1 Tablespoon Honey
Preheat the oven to 350.
FOR THE CUPCAKES:
Whip together butter and sugar until very light and fluffy.
Whip egg, egg yolks and vanilla into butter mixture until whipped light and fluffy.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
Whisk in half of the flour mixture into butter mixture until combined.
Whisk in half of the buttermilk.
Whisk in remaining flour mixture until combined.
Whisk in remaining buttermilk until batter is combined and smooth.
Line cupcake pan(s) with cupcake liners: 12 standard cupcakes, 6 extra large cupcakes, 24 tiny cupcakes
Portion batter into cupcake liners.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 (standard cupcakes) -30 (extra large cupcakes) minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean on doneness check.
Let cupcakes cool on a cooling rack.
FOR THE FIG FILLING:
Whisk together fig jam and liqueur to loosen jam. You can also use lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, etc.
FOR THE HONEY-CREAM CHEESE BUTTERCREAM:
Beat butter until light and fluffy. Have all ingredients at room temperature. If it is a cold day you may need to soften butter and cream chees in the microwave (10 second intervals until soft but not melted). Another way I make sure that the ingredients are soft is to place them near the stovetop if I am baking.
Beat butter until light and fluffy.
Add in cream cheese an ounce at a time waiting for it to be light and fluffy before the next addition.
Beat in powdered sugar a little bit at a time until frosting reaches the desired consistency.
Beat in honey.
Cut a cavity into each cupcake, reserving a piece of cake to close cavity once filled.
Fill cavity with fig jam mixture.
Top cavity with cake.
Frost with honey-cream cheese buttercream.
Garnish as desired.