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Honey Cake with Mascarpone, Figs and Pistachios // cake crumbs & beach sand

Love is a funny old thing. It makes us do things we wouldn’t normally do. It makes us crazy, sad, angry, happy. It can lift you to the highest cloud where your feet don’t touch the ground. And it can drag you down to the darkest hell you’ve ever felt or seen. Love is indeed a powerful thing. It’s no wonder I am fascinated by it.

When I photograph weddings I love the intimacy that I see through the lens. Two people standing there before me completely and utterly exposed, hearts out and arms around one another as they make promises to keep loving each other for the rest of their days, no matter what. It’s a big promise, huge. What else do we experience in life with that same level of intensity and humility as genuine true love for another? Not much. 

It’s school holidays here, and as fate would have it the timing has been perfect for me. I’ve been sleeping in (like seriously sleeping in), I haven’t made unfulfilled promises to myself to clean the house, I have been exercising and eating good, and some days bad. I have had long phone chats with family and friends, I have hugged loved ones, I have baked cakes and cooked delicious slow cooker meals to welcome the cooler autumn days. I have sat on the lounge with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and planned to do nothing else but browse Instagram for a good hour. Several times a day. I’ve been in serious slow mode, and this is another kind of love that we all need to indulge in now and again. Self love.

Baking and spending time in the kitchen are some of my favourite acts of self love. I find myself in my own little zone in the kitchen; stirring, tasting, cooking and smiling. I know there are rules when it comes to cake baking, I mean cake recipes actually rely on science. But I am less measure, and more haphazardly throw whatever in and optimistically hope for the best. It’s a trial and error kind of thing for me and I don’t mind tweaking a recipe a few times until I get it right. Much like love, I doubt any of us get it right every single time. It’s just a case of live and learn. And if the cake comes out of the oven beautifully domed then you’re on a winner. 

I made this cake the first time in a square tin, and it dropped in the middle when I took it out of the oven. This one was made in a 22cm angel food cake tin, it came out beautifully.

 Honey Cake with Mascarpone, Figs and Pistachios //  cake crumbs & beach sand

Honey Cake Recipe 

Ingredients // makes 22cm cake

2 cups plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ cup vegetable oil

1 cup honey

1 ½ cups caster sugar

3 eggs, room temperature, gently beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup espresso, cooled slightly (not hot)



200ml whipping cream

200g mascarpone

4-5 figs, quartered

Handful of pistachios, chopped

2-3 tablespoons honey

 Honey Cake with Mascarpone, Figs and Pistachios //  cake crumbs & beach sand


Preheat oven to 180C. Grease tin. 

Whisk flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together in a large bowl.

Make a well in the centre and add oil, honey, caster sugar, eggs, vanilla and espresso. Whisk well ensuring ingredients aren’t stuck to the bottom of the bowl.

Once combined well, pour into greased tin and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool in tin for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Whip cream until soft peaks form. Add mascarpone and beat for a minute. Spoon on top of cake, scatter figs on top and sprinkle with pistachios. If you want to add an extra taste of honey, drizzle a spoonful or two over the top. 


 Honey Cake with Mascarpone, Figs and Pistachios //  cake crumbs & beach sandHoney Cake with Mascarpone, Figs and Pistachios //  cake crumbs & beach sandHoney Cake with Mascarpone, Figs and Pistachios //  cake crumbs & beach sandHoney Cake with Mascarpone, Figs and Pistachios //  cake crumbs & beach sandHoney Cake with Mascarpone, Figs and Pistachios //  cake crumbs & beach sandHoney Cake with Mascarpone, Figs and Pistachios //  cake crumbs & beach sand


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  • June Burns - Such a gorgeous cake! I love the flavors in here, especially figs :) It’s cool that you photograph weddings too, sounds like a fun job to have!ReplyCancel

  • Akina Era - what a beautiful cake xx i also find kitchen time to be self love time and it’s da bomb! hope you have a relaxed weekend :)ReplyCancel

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche - SUCH a beautiful cake. Love everything about this recipe – nothing beats honey, fig and pistachio together.ReplyCancel

  • Ohmydish - Very pretty, that combination of figs and mascarpone is spot on! Thank you for sharing this delicious cakeReplyCancel

  • Cheyanne - You are so right, love is beautiful, powerful and can drive us a little crazy :) This cake is a love at first sight type of cake… absolutely stunningly beautiful and causing my belly to make crazy “feed me now” sounds. Gorgeous writting and a gorgeous cake… thanks for sharing?ReplyCancel

  • Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish - I love figs! And what a beautiful cake. A must try!ReplyCancel

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - This cake is so beautiful. Magazine quality photography too. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth - Oh my dearest God, this looks so amazingly beautiful! I will definitely make this for the next garden party, no doubt!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole- Champagne and Chips - Such an exquisitely beautiful cake and the espresso in the mix got my attention – I imagine it would offset the sweetness beautifully.
    Your break sounds magnificent, my idea of heaven :)ReplyCancel

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  • Siv @ A World in My Oven - As soon as I saw this cake I knew I had to make it – and it was so delicious!! The smell of honey and coffee mixed with cinnamon was deadly. I might’ve eaten half the cake before it was even in the oven! I actually made myself an iced coffee with this flavour combination, because they go together so well.. Thank you so much for the inspiration and the recipe! :)ReplyCancel

  • Robyn - Hi – this is a great recipe, delicious and beautiful! I cooked it twice yesterday as the first one sunk in the middle really badly I thought I must have done something wrong. When I followed the steps really carefully the second time the same thing happened – any tips?ReplyCancel

  • Judithe - Love to bake.ReplyCancel

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