Upside-Down Fresh Fig Cake

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 55 mins

Another appealing fig recipe from The Times-Picayune. Our area is full of fig trees - heavy with fruit not yet ripe. Many folks do not even eat their figs anymore! I am glad to help them out!! The article noted that dried figs reconstituted with hot water can be substituted if fresh figs are not available.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch cake pan with 2-inch sides. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and butter the parchment.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat or in the microwave, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter. Stir in the brown sugar and honey until smooth. Pour the sauce into the prepared cake pan. Arrange the figs, cut sides down, in concentric circles over the sauce. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the remaining 8 tablespoons butter with sugar and vanilla until lightened in color and texture, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating until well combined after each. Beating on low speed just until combined after each addition, add dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with the milk in 2 parts. Spoon the batter evenly over the figs.
  4. Bake the cake until golden and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Transfer the cake to a rack and cool in the pan for 50 minutes.
  5. Run a thin knife around the sides of the pan to loosen. Place a serving platter on top of the pan and invert the cake. Gently lift off the pan and remove the parchment paper. Spoon over the cake any of the sauce that has run off, and serve warm.


Most Helpful

Delicious! I added chopped walnuts to the batter and it turned out great! I posted a couple of pictures since the recipe didn't have any. I think the cake can look a lot better than what mine did, but the taste is great! Thank you for posting it

Nine9 July 04, 2012

Excellent recipe. The cake turned out beautiful and tasted great. I used Splenda as I am on a very restricted sugar diet. Both my wife and I thought it couldn't be better and couldn't tell sugar had been eliminated. Thanks

wardland July 25, 2010

I just made this wonderful cake from figs in my back yard. It is absolutely beautiful to look at, with the pinkish figs, and the shiny syrup-- a work of art, really. AND it tastes so rich and wonderful. I give this an A+

sadie8grady September 13, 2009

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