My favorite Fig Cake

Figs

A Few Figs and you can make a Great Fig Cake

When figs are in season it’s time to make my favorite Fig Cake. When I was about seven years old, we would visit my grandmother and grandfather once in a while. I remember the big old fig tree in the back. Loaded with so many figs they were falling on the ground. I also remember that I was not really crazy about raw figs, right from the tree. Put them into a cake and I could eat two slices without a problem. Now of course, I can eat them raw, dried, in a cake, any way they are available. Only now, I can’t afford to buy them too often.  Give this cake a try and see if you don’t agree that figs make a very special dessert.

Ingredients for the cake:
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 cups flour
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup softened butter
1 egg
1 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped fresh figs
1/4 tsp almond extract

Ingredients for the filling:
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 cups chopped fresh figs
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, sift together salt, baking powder, and flour, then set aside.
Use a mixer to cream sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat well, then add flour mixture and evaporated milk alternately.
Fold in vanilla, chopped figs, and almond extract, then divide mix into two prepared cake pans.
Bake at 350 degrees F for thirty minutes. Cake is done when an inserted toothpick in the center of the cake comes out dry.

For filling: combine water, lemon juice, 2 cups figs, and brown sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about twenty minutes until thickened. Spread evenly between cake layers and on top. You can always dust the top of the cake with a little confectionery sugar just before serving if you like.

Figs contain vitamins B6, A, K, thiamin and they are a great source of fiber. They also provide minerals like calcium, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium, copper and zinc. You really don’t need a better reason to add Figs to your diet. And the easy way to do that is with my favorite fig cake recipe.

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15 Responses to My favorite Fig Cake

  1. Ah… I see we’re both thinking cake today! THIS looks wonderful. Will give it a try!
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  2. Oh now chef, this looks divine, I adore figs and I going to be giving this a go.
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  3. Caro Ness
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    I adore figs, William, so you could make this for me any time…
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    • Chef William says:

      Well, travel might stand in the way, however, Anita-Clare Field said she
      was going to make one of these. I don’t know how close to her you live
      but if your close enough, you might be able to pinch a slice from her.
      Otherwise, let me know when you’ll be in Puerto Vallarta and I’ll
      bake one special.
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  4. Amy
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    Ohhh, Chef, you have opened a new world to me (food-wise) in so many ways! Fig cake sounds to die for! Now when you’ve moved to Mexico, will you have a fig cake in your backyard and will you torture us with pictures of you eating handfuls of figs? I definitely will try this recipe–I have a daughter in law who loves figs, and this looks like the perfect thing to make the next time she’s at my house.
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    • Chef William says:

      It is one of the nicer cakes we enjoy. Well, I really can’t say that, there are
      a few others I may blog about. Sadly we don’t have a fig tree in Mexico (yet)
      We have a Mango tree, a few coconut trees, a lime tree, a guava tree, a passion
      fruit tree and a tree with a big fruit that I can’t even pronounce, but it looks
      like a jackfruit. We will be adding a papaya tree this year. But those types of
      trees are all over the place in Mexico so it’s no big deal. The neat thing is
      the coffee plants are planted under the mango trees in the foot hills and you
      can go up there at harvest time and they will allow you to pick up what they
      failed to harvest. Oh, we don’t have any banana trees, but my brother-in-law
      has a few, so I always drop by for a visit about the time they start to get
      ripe.
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  5. Cher
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    Ohhh I love figs, one thing i miss about living in Greece, i just used to pick them straight from the tree and indulge, unfortunately now I have to buy them :( Never mind now I have other options :)
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    • Chef William says:

      Picking figs from the tree is always more fun, because during the season, there
      is always more figs than one can use. It would be interesting to read about
      how a raw food person might add them to their menu. Interesting because I am
      drifting more and more towards becoming a raw food person myself. Not sure what
      direction my blog will go when and if that happens. Actually I am going to have
      a second Green smoothie today because I have more fruit and vegetables than I
      will be able to use before leaving to Mexico, and I don’t want to throw them
      away. It looks like a smoothie twice a day until I leave on Tuesday.
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      • Cher
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        Twice a day till Tuesday – gotta be good :)
        In my last place here in France we had a fig tree in the garden, so there must be one close by here somewhere, I will track it down.

        I uses figs in tart bases and in smoothies, once I attempted a raw version of fig rolls, they weren’t bad actually, your’e question reminded me so will have to have another go.

        I think your blog will take a wonderful journey with you as you make changes, and how fab to be able to share with others.

        Have a great break, can’t wait to see your posts when you return :)
        Cher :)
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        • Chef William says:

          Two blocks from my house in Mexico,is a fresh vegetable/fruit smoothie stand. No fluff, no extras,
          you walk up and tell them what you want in your smoothie and they make it in front of
          you. They are across the street from a local farmers market so if they don’t have what you want
          they will walk over and get it. I will blog about it with pictures.
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  6. Robert
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    Chef William,

    I love figs and will have try try this. Have you ever made sticky toffee cake? It is made with dates.
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  7. Anne Dovel
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    Sounds delightful! We so rarely see fresh figs in the store here in Nebraska. Oh…for a fig tree that would produce in our climate!
    Have you made this with dried soaked figs?
    Anne
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    • Chef William says:

      I have not tried it with dried figs, but if I do I might soak the figs in a little port wine or rum first.
      It sounds interesting so I might just try it for fun.
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