Fig and nut cupcakes

by Sunita on November 14, 2008

Mmm, yummy, just another one. Perhaps not. Well, maybe a half? No, no, I’ve got to stop.

Wait! I haven’t gone nuts…I mean I probably have, just a little bit, and it’s not without reason. The culprits were the following fig and nut cupcakes.

I made them a short while ago, and have been trying very hard not to finish the whole batch before the rest of the family get home. No, I’m not usually that greedy. But these cupcakes have really caught my fancy. They are moist, eggless, not overtly sweet and have got dried figs in them( I love the crackling in the mouth) and best of all, they were ready in minutes.

They ‘re still cooling down…better put them out of my sight :-(

What’s needed-

Chopped cashew nuts and figs

10-12 dried figs, finely chopped
1/3 C cashew nuts, chopped
1 C whole wheat flour(atta)
1/2 C plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
3 tblsp dark muscovado sugar
1C hot water
2 and 1/2 tblsp vegetable or sunflower oil

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and line a cupcake tray.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, figs and 3/4 of the cashew nuts.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the water, sugar and oil.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and tip in the water mixture. Fold in.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the lined cupcake tray (makes 12) and sprinkle the rest of the nuts on top.
  6. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 23-25 minutes or till the tops are firm and a toothpick inserted through the centre comes out clean.
  7. Cool the cupcakes on the tray for a couple of minutes and then transfer to a rack to cool completely before storing in airtight containers (if you have any left ;-) )

As for the taste of these cupcakes, need I say more?I am desperately controlling myself. They are such simple beauties. Has this happened to you? I mean, I’m sure you like all your creations, but have you fallen head over heels in love with any of them? I know I have ;-)

I am even going to send this over to dear Suganya as one of my vegan ventures

Have a wonderful weekend!

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 MeetaK November 14, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Oh I love these kind of treats. Figs and nuts are always a real great combination in cakes, muffins and cupcakes. Lovely!

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2 Happy cook November 14, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Wow this is a realy healthy and delicious cupcake. Those cup cakes are just superb.

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3 Lavi November 14, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Sunita..why do u resist for saving those delicious cupcakes for the family..finish it off and go for another batch:)

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4 Ramya Vijaykumar November 14, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Nice combo, they are sweet and lovely crunchy and soggy too wonderful texture…

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5 Curry Leaf November 14, 2008 at 6:36 pm

Lovely and lovely.I too cannot resist such ones.You made them vegan.Thats lovely.
But one doubt…
Why hot water and why only 3/4 cashew?Sorry if I am troubling you.

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6 sunita November 14, 2008 at 7:27 pm

meeta,
Yes, they are, aren’t they…I find them so irresistable…thanks :-)

happy cook,
Thanks :-)

lavi,
I would loooove to do that, but 12 cupcakes would be a bit too much, lol

ramya,
Thank you :-)

curry leaf,
The hot water does not make the batter too pasty. And the 1/4 of nuts was for sprinkling on the top. And no, it was no trouble at all. That’s the charm of blogging…you can get all your doubts cleared :-)

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7 Curry Leaf November 14, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Thanks and Thanks Sunita.

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8 karuna November 14, 2008 at 9:58 pm

looks yummoooo!!!!

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9 Nags November 15, 2008 at 1:13 am

really love your butter-less baking recipes. And I have always loved figs in baked goodies!

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10 SMN November 15, 2008 at 3:54 am

Hey Sunita true.. i cant stop myself having this :)

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11 Cham November 15, 2008 at 4:05 am

Is there anyone who can resist to those beauties :)

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12 WokandSpoon November 15, 2008 at 6:11 am

Hello there. Thanks for stopping by. It’s been a while since I did the blogging thing and I miss it! Looking forward to being able to try this scrumptious looking recipe!

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13 Vij November 15, 2008 at 7:22 am

Mind blowing post! figs n nuts – gr9 combo.

Lovely pics!

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14 ttfn300 November 15, 2008 at 4:04 pm

i’d have a hard time keeping my hands of these, too!

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15 Kitchen Flavours November 15, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Suprise Weekend Bonanza waiting for you.

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16 Katie November 15, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Goodness, those look wonderful!

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17 FoodyGuru (Srimathi) November 15, 2008 at 7:35 pm

I love figs a lot. Your cupcakes look wonderful.

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18 Ivy November 16, 2008 at 7:58 am

I made some cupcakes with fresh figs and never thought of using dried figs. They sound delicious and much healthier than using butter.

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19 Uj November 16, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Figs and nut a great combination.. Looks yummy…

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20 Bonbon Oiseau November 16, 2008 at 9:03 pm

these look delicious–anything fig is ok with me!

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21 Nirmala November 17, 2008 at 4:11 am

I have tasted dried figs and yeah u’re right about the cracklings in the mouth. These cupcakes are lovely. Hope Agastya is doing great now and have enjoyed these little beauties. And yeah me too had experienced this kind of cravings when I bake some brownies at home. And I am sold for chocolates or fudges too :)

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22 Manggy November 17, 2008 at 4:30 am

Actually, the correct approach is to immediately tell you family to hoard as many as they can, before you finish it all ;) But I wouldn’t blame you if you do! Looks delicious!

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23 Swati November 17, 2008 at 8:02 am

These sound as a heavenly treat.. pretty simple too.. a great find Sunita!!

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24 sunita November 17, 2008 at 11:36 am

curry leaf,
You’re most welcome:-)

karuna,
Thanks :-)

nags,
thank you…

smn,
Yes, i did indulge on them quite a lot :-)

cham,
i hope not ;-)

wokandspoon,
So nice to see you here again :-)

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25 sunita November 17, 2008 at 11:39 am

vij,
Thanks :-)

ttfn300,
Thanks :-)

kitchen flavours,
Thanks :-)

katie,
Thanks..we did love them indeed :-)

srimathi,
Thanks :-)

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26 sunita November 17, 2008 at 11:46 am

Ivy,
Thanks…these cupcakes were really delightful…do give them a try sometime :-)

uj,
Thanks :-)

Bonbon Oiseau,
Thanks…I love figs quite a lot too :-)

nirmala,
Thanks …and yes, Agastya is back to his active self again :-)

manggy,
Now, that is actually a brilliant idea…i might do that ;-)

swati,
Thanks…they are really very simple to make :-)

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27 Aparna November 18, 2008 at 9:13 am

I certainly think they look lovely, bursting with fruit and nuts. Who can resist them?

Haven’t been here in a while, liked your new banner.

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28 Namratha November 24, 2008 at 9:27 pm

Looks great Sunita, I love figs.

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29 Rosa November 30, 2008 at 9:26 am

What delicious looking little cupcakes! Nice combo!

Cheers,

Rosa

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30 Sunshinemom December 6, 2008 at 1:49 am

Great! I was looking for something simple and nice for today’s breakfast – now I have got something tasty, simple and healthy too:)

We loved them too :-)

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31 Usha January 26, 2009 at 7:02 am

Hi Sunita, I made this cup cakes today. We liked it. Thank you.

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32 Sunita January 26, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Glad you liked it, Usha :-)

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33 Pratyusha May 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Can I replace the muscavado sugar with any other type of sugar? The muscavado sugar is not easily available for me here :(

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34 Sunita May 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

Try any other dark brown sugar, will not make too much of a difference.

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