Simple, beautiful Brie Cake topped with fresh berries, figs and grapes, drizzled with honey and served with seeded crackers – an easy, festive appetizer or dessert, perfect for celebrations and gatherings.
Starting tomorrow and for the whole month of January, I’m cleaning up my act ….but tonight, lets eat cake. Brie Cake! One of my personal indulgences is really good cheese – but normally I try not to have too much of it around, because as you know I have no will power and will end up devouring it. But for special occasions, parties and gatherings where I know it will be shared, it’s a way to have a tiny little dose of my very favorite thing, in moderation. Knowing this, I savor every delicious bite. Simple pleasures …
Pile up fresh dark berries or currants, grapes, sliced pears, and if you are lucky enough to have fresh figs available this time of year, by all means, use them. Drizzle with honey and serve with seeded crackers or sliced baguette.
This delicious wheel of cheese is a soft, blue-veined goat cheese by Cyprus Grove called Humboldt Fog, about 5-6 inches in diameter, available locally at… believe it or not…Costco. I love the small one pound wheel and its dramatic height. A double cream brie would also work well here, or two-three mini wheels of regular brie, stacked on top of each other to create dramatic height. But really if you can get the Humboldt Fog, it’s truly worth it. This is not a sponsored post, I just happen to really love this cheese.
This is meant to be a very playful recipe, so just have fun with it. Edible flowers would also be a pretty addition, as well as sprigs of fresh herbs.
This Brie Cake was inspired by the Three Virgos. The Three Virgos are three of my dearest friends whose birthdays are usually celebrated all together in September. This year, the celebration happened in Seattle on a boat, and my job was to bring the cake. The challenge was that one of the ladies, is not a huge fan of sweets, so I started thinking, what could I make, that looked like a cake, that I could put a candle in…. but was not overly sweet. So… that’s how brie cake came to be, in case you were wondering. 😉
And here they are….the beautiful Three Virgos.
So tuck this away – Brie Cake would make a very fine birthday cake for someone who prefers cheese over sweets.
The nice thing about this appetizer is it requires no cooking. It’s just simple assembly. If transporting, just assemble once you get there. It takes 10 minutes, if that.
Happy New Year Friends, see you on the flip side.
Love and cheers,
- 1 lb wheel Humboldt Fog ( or 5–6 inch diameter wheel brie or double cream brie- see notes)
- 1 cup fresh blackberries, raspberries or other berries
- small bunch champagne, concord or other small grapes
- 3–4 figs, quartered
- optional additions – currants, herb sprigs, edible flowers, small sliced pears
- 1–2 Tablespoons drizzle of honey
- seeded crackers or baguette
Place the wheel of cheese on a simple white plate or platter. ( see notes)
If using a tall candle or sparkler, secure it in the center first.
Begin layering fruit and berries creating as much height as possible. Tuck in a few sage leaves, edible flowers or rosemary sprigs. Have fun with it!
Add remming fruit to one side on the plate, or around the cheese on the plate.
Slice like you would cake.
Humboldt Fog ( by Cypress Grove) can be found locally at Costco…. or order on line.
If going with basic brie, stack two to three mini wheels to create a more dramatic effect. Use a little smear of honey to stick them together.