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 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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