V for Veggy

Home / All Recipes / American / Fig and Almond Cake

Fig and Almond Cake

Fresh figs are delicious, and a simple almond cake is a perfect way to showcase the juiciness and sweetness of truly fresh and ripe figs.
Ingredients for fig and almond cake: fresh figs, almond flour, all-purpose flour, eggs, unsalted butter, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder.

Ingredients for fig and almond cake: fresh figs, almond flour, all-purpose flour, eggs, unsalted butter, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder.

Do you like fresh figs? I love sinking my teeth on a very ripe fresh fig. It is juicy, sweet, and delicious. If you are not a big fan of eating fresh figs, maybe a simple fig and almond cake like this one will change your mind. :)

I purposefully use a minimal amount of sugar so as not to overpower the figs. The sweetness should mostly come from the figs.

(1) Whisk eggs, melted butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. (2) Sift in almond flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder. Mix until well combined. (3) Remove stems from figs and cut each fig into two halves. (4) Pour cake batter into a greased and floured pan, and arrange figs on the cake batter.

(1) Whisk eggs, melted butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. (2) Sift in almond flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder. Mix until well combined. (3) Remove stems from figs and cut each fig into two halves. (4) Pour cake batter into a greased and floured pan, and arrange figs on the cake batter.

Fig and almond cake ingredients

All the ingredients to bake this cake are very common. I will separate it into three parts to make it easier to maneuver.

1. Dry ingredients

For the dry ingredients, we will need almond flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

2. Wet ingredients

For the wet ingredients, we will need eggs, melted unsalted butter, maple syrup (or honey), and vanilla extract (or almond extract).

3. Figs

I usually try using either Brown Turkey figs or Black Mission figs for this. I haven’t tried baking this cake with other figs varieties.

This is a short cake. Although I am using a 9-inch cake pan in the photo, you can also use a 9-inch fluted tart pan to bake the cake.

This is a short cake. Although I am using a 9-inch cake pan in the photo, you can also use a 9-inch fluted tart pan to bake the cake.

Step-by-step to bake the fig cake

1. Preheat oven and prepare cake pan

Preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit (190 Celsius). Lightly brush a 9-inch cake pan with butter and coat with almond flour/all-purpose flour. Set aside.

2. Mix dry ingredients

In a mixing bowl, sift together almond flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

3. Prepare cake batter

In a new mixing bowl, whisk eggs, melted unsalted butter, maple syrup (or honey), and vanilla extract (or almond extract). Add almond flour mixture to the bowl, and whisk for about 1 minute or until the batter is just mixed. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan.

4. Prepare figs

Remove the stem from each fig, and cut it into half. Arrange figs over cake batter with the cut-side facing up. Optionally, sprinkle the fig with sugar.

5. Bake the cake

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown, and a cake tester comes out clean.

6. Serve the cake

Cool the cake completely before serving.

Bake the cake in a 375 Fahrenheit preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown.

Bake the cake in a 375 Fahrenheit preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown.

FAQs

1. I don’t have a 9-inch cake pan, can I use another pan?

You can use a 9-inch pie pan, a 9-inch fluted tart pan, or even a 14x4-inch tart pan.

2. Fresh figs are not in season. Can I use dried figs instead?

Yes, but bake the cake with a 350 Fahrenheit oven instead of a 375 Fahrenheit oven.

3. I want the cake batter to be more festive and full of spice. What can I add?

Try adding the zest of one orange to the cake batter. If you are a fan of cardamom, you can also add about 12 teaspoon of ground cardamom on top of the orange zest.

Let the cake cool completely before cutting and serving.

Let the cake cool completely before cutting and serving.

Fig and Almond Cake

5.0 from 4 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson

Courses:

Cuisine:

Ingredients:

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 50 mins

Serves: 8

Print Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (or almond extract)
  • 12 ripe figs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, for sprinkling (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit (190 Celsius). Lightly brush a 9-inch cake pan with butter and coat with almond flour/all-purpose flour. Set aside. (Note 1)
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift together almond flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a new mixing bowl, whisk eggs, melted unsalted butter, maple syrup (or honey), and vanilla extract (or almond extract). Add almond flour mixture to the bowl, and whisk for about 1 minute or until the batter is just mixed. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Remove the stem from each fig, and cut it into half. Arrange figs over cake batter with the cut-side facing up. Optionally, sprinkle the fig with sugar.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown, and a cake tester comes out clean.
  6. Cool the cake completely before serving.

Notes

  • (1) You can use a 9-inch fluted tart pan or pie pan too since the cake is not a tall one.

Comments

  • Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry says:

    Such a tasty cake! I love figs and figs and almond sounds like such a winning combination.

  • Emily Liao Emily Liao says:

    Love this flavor combination! The cake came out so soft and fluffy as well :)

  • Chris Collins Chris Collins says:

    I love figs and almonds so much so this cake is right up my street! Definitely going to try out the recipe :)

  • Mahy Mahy says:

    I LOVE how you show all the ingredients. This makes preparing for the recipe so easy... and fun! :-)

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe: