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Goat Cheese & Fig Cake w/Fig Mascarpone

Yields810 ServingsPrep Time45 minsCook Time2 hrsTotal Time2 hrs 45 mins

This light-as-can-be buttermilk cake has an easy sophistication, its Sherry-spiked berries harmonizing with the tangy cream.

For cake:
 2 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising; sift before measuring)
 1 teaspoon baking powder
 1 teaspoon baking soda
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
 1 cup sugar
 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
 2 large eggs
 1 cup well-shaken buttermilk
For berries:
 1/2 cup Fino (dry) Sherry
 1/2 cup sugar
 4 cups mixed berries, cut if large
For cream:
 8 ounces mascarpone (1 cup)
 1 cup chilled heavy cream
 1/4 cup sugar
 Confectioners sugar
Make cake:

Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan (2 inches deep). Line bottom with a round of parchment paper, then butter parchment.


Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.


Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. With mixer at low speed, beat in buttermilk until just combined. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, mixing after each addition until just combined.


Spread batter in cake pan, smoothing top. Rap pan on counter several times to eliminate air bubbles.


Bake until golden and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes. Run a knife around edge of cake to loosen, then invert onto a plate. Discard paper and reinvert cake onto rack to cool completely.

Macerate berries:

Bring Sherry and sugar to a boil in a small heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Put berries in a bowl and pour hot syrup over them, gently tossing to coat. Let stand 15 minutes.

Make cream and assemble cake:

Beat mascarpone and cream with sugar in a large bowl using cleaned beaters until mixture just holds stiff peaks.


Halve cake horizontally with a long serrated knife. Carefully remove top half and reserve. Put bottom half on a plate, then spread evenly with all of cream and replace top half. Serve with berries.

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