Sweet and Savory Honey Fig Goat Cheese Cake – tender honey cake layers with a goat cheese filling, fig jam and mascarpone frosting.
Mom’s Homemade Jam
The idea for this Sweet and Savory Honey Fig Goat Cheese Cake stems from my mom’s homemade fig jam. She has a hill of fruit trees in her backyard, one of which is a fig tree, so she’s often making some kind of curd or jam with the abundance of fresh produce. The other day she called to tell me she was whipping up a couple batches of fig jam. With a visit from her just around the corner, I quickly asked if she’d bring me a jar and then started thinking up flavor combinations for my next cake.
Goat Cheese Filling
I immediately knew I wanted to do a goat cheese filling with the fig jam. I mean, who doesn’t love a good charcuterie board? Cheese and fruit are meant for each other!
Of course, the goat cheese needs to be sweetened up a bit, so I added some honey and then lightened the texture by folding in whipped cream. The goat cheese is a strong flavor so you won’t need a lot of the filling between each layer. It just adds a nice savory element to the cake, without being too heavy or overwhelming.
The fig jam is simple and slightly sweet. Providing a nice balance to the savory goat cheese. I don’t ever fill my cakes with too much of a soft filling. Instead, I use about 1/2 cup between each layer and then reserve the rest to serve on the side of each slice of cake.
To complement the filling, but not take away from it, I used a light mascarpone frosting. I used the same recipe from my Lemon Gingerbread Cake from last Christmas (one of my favorites!), and I’m so happy with the combination. The hint of lemon is the perfect addition to the flavors in this cake.
As for the cake, I thought about doing some sort of spice cake but felt like that might fight with the flavors of the fig jam too much. Instead, I went with a honey cake and used the base of my Honey Pear Upside Down Cake. It’s tender, sweet, slightly dense and just so perfect for this cake.
I’ve been so eager to share this recipe with you and cannot wait for you to try it! Enjoy!