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Savory Cupcakes – Fig, Goat Cheese, and Onion

Have you ever thought you were going to drink Sprite, only to find that your server had mistakenly refilled your glass with water?  While water can be satisfying, if caught unaware, the sip can be strange and unnerving.  Likewise, when you hand someone a savory cupcake, you have to warn them to not expect a sugar rush (although with my savory cupcakes, the onion on the top should be a bit of an indicator).  Once savory cupcake tasters have clear expectations, they can settle in and enjoy a unique culinary experience.

My friend Danielle best described these fig, goat cheese, and grilled onion savory cupcakes as follows:

It tastes like dinner.  You know how after you’ve had a good meal, you are left with a sweet satisfied feeling in your mouth?  That’s this cupcake.

The cupcakes were dense and biscuit-like, and while I chose to top them with a light spread of fig and goat cheese frosting, they would also be well received served naked (the cupcakes – not you) during a cocktail party.

Giveaway News

If it’s not already clear to you, the savory cupcakes with fig, goat cheese, and onion were inspired by my Flavor Bible giveaway.  Readers weighed in with their favorite flavor combinations.  There were so many great entries, but I was most excited about entry number 38.  Congrats, Anonymous, you’ve won!

I also promised that I would randomly select a winner.  The random winner is:

I love the idea of anise and orange.  I may have to try it soon!

Now, on to the recipe.

Fig, Goat Cheese, and Onion Cupcake Recipe

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5 from 1 vote

Fig, Goat Cheese, and Onion Cupcakes

The onion on top should be a hint that these are savory cupcakes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword fig and goat cheese, fig onion goat cheese cupcakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 191kcal
Author Stef


  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/4 C grilled onions
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 C fig spread
  • 1/2 C goat cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and baking soda and set aside.
  • In a blender, liquefy eggs, sugar, grilled onions, butter, fig spread, and goat cheese.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just integrated.
  • Divide batter evenly between twelve cupcake liners.
  • Bake for twenty-five minutes or until the tops bounce back when lightly touched.


Nutrition Facts
Fig, Goat Cheese, and Onion Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 191 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 74mg3%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Goat Cheese and Fig Frosting Recipe


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5 from 1 vote

Goat Cheese and Fig Frosting Recipe

Goat cheese is so elegant when paired with figs. Perfect for appetizer or dessert cupcakes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword goat cheese and fig, goat cheese frosting
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 53kcal
Author Stef


  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/4 C goat cheese
  • 3/4 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp fig spread
  • Grilled onions optional


  • Mix the butter and goat cheese until creamy.
  • Mix in the powdered sugar until incorporated.
  • Mix in the fig spread.
  • Spread on cupcakes.
  • Optionally, top with grilled onions.


Nutrition Facts
Goat Cheese and Fig Frosting Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 53 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 18mg1%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 7g8%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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11 comments on “Savory Cupcakes – Fig, Goat Cheese, and Onion”

  1. Marisasays:

    Clever! These would make a very interesting conversation starter.

  2. Nataliesays:

    so unique! perfect for a party spread. thanks for sharing!

  3. I must admit, when I saw the title of this post, I was a little freaked out, but I decided to read it anyway. However, the more I read, the more I was turned on to the idea… I love goat cheese, I love figs, I love onions. Why would I miss out on a dish combining all three? I went from freaked out to bookmarking this recipe :)

  4. Elianasays:

    This sounds like the perfect savory cupcake :)

  5. Tarasays:

    That is a VERY interesting cupcake!

  6. Dinasays:

    Wow! That sounds really interesting the only problem is I need to find figs………

  7. They sound very interesting…I’d give them a try.

  8. Wow what a great idea for a one bite appetizer. Savory cupcakes who would have thought.

  9. Esthersays:

    These were delicious and totally pranced over the line of what I thought a cupcake could be. I used them as part of dinner this evening. They were perfect!

  10. Karensays:

    The cupcakes smelled so much like biscuits right out of the oven that it was difficult to resist gobbling them up immediately, but I persevered, and they made excellent dessert.

  11. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.

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