Upside-Down Fresh Fig Cake
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.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1⁄2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 10 fresh figs, stems removed, cut in half
- 1 1⁄2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 1⁄2 cup whole milk
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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Found this recipe on the Internet at least 5 years ago and have been making it during fig season every year. I always follow the recipe exactly except that I use a 10 inch pan because I don’t have a 9 inch one. This cake is delectable and pretty easy to make. It is a winning recipe exactly as is. You don’t even need ice cream or whipped cream with it. Just a nice cold glass of milk.Reply
This is very tasty, buttery/ moist and not too sweet. The caramel and bake fig, great combination. I would add chopped walnuts next time after placing/arranging the figs. Thank for sharing this recipe. This recipe would be good with just walnuts or fruits ( blueberry or peaches) when its not fig season.Reply