Honeyed Fig Cake


I finally started to feel the change in season. The crisp autumn wind is here and so are early morning chills. There are some rare glimpses of autumn shades here and there but mostly, the leaves are changing color from green to brown. Sun’s direction has changed and I have shifted my indoor basil plant from its original place to get more sunlight, hoping that it would survive the season.


At times, the temperature shoots up giving us a feel of summer once again but on most days, it’s perfect – neither too hot nor too cold. Cooking and baking has become more fun. It’s doesn’t make me sweat rather it warms me up. Fall fruits and vegetables have crowded the market and we are indulging as much. So, the other day when I craved for an uncomplicated and comforting cake, I reached out for figs. And our home smelled autumn! This is what I love the most about baking with fresh fruits.




I fell in love with fresh figs at the very first bite. The smooth feeling from its leathery skin, the petite size that can perfectly fit even in a baby’s hand and the beautiful red seeds. No peeling, no fuss, no runny juice, no mess! And it’s extremely photogenic.


It was one of those effortless baking experiences. A quick whisk and the cake batter was ready. A few chops and the topping was ready. When the ingredient itself is so gorgeous, why muddle with it? It can be served as a tea cake or fancy it up with some honey lemon drizzle on top for that extra richness and refreshing flavor. Either ways, it will taste light and moist. It’s neither too dense nor overly sweet. The cake stayed fresh and moist for a week in the refrigerator.


Adapted from this book, the cake made my day. And Arvind gave me a *thumbs up* even though he doesn’t like fig that much!




Honeyed Fig Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: a six inch cake

Honeyed Fig Cake


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened plus a little bit more to grease the pan
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs, kept in room temperature
  • 1 cup ground almond or almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra to dust on the baking pan
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt (avoid it if you are using salted butter)
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of half lemon
  • 6 to 7 fresh figs, cut in quarters
  • For the drizzle on top
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • juice of half lemon


  • Grease a six inch round baking pan with butter and dust it with flour. Keep it aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • In a batter bowl, whisk butter with sugar until it's mixed properly. Crack two eggs, add to the bowl and whisk until it's creamy.
  • In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients - flour, ground almond, baking powder and salt.
  • Pour the dry ingredients to the wet ingredient's bowl and whisk until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla extract and give it another whisk.
  • Pour the batter to the greased pan and top it with the quartered fresh figs.
  • Put it in the middle rack on the oven and bake for 30 to 35 mins.
  • Insert a knife and if it comes out clean, cake is ready.
  • In a bowl, mix honey with lemon juice and just before serving, drizzle it on the cake.


  • If the cake gets brown on top and remains uncooked at the center, keep the oven door partially open and continue baking.
  • The cake can be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator for up-to a week. It stays moist!




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Krittika says:

Amazing Pics Kankana…will be definitely baking this recipe this fall.. thanks for sharing!

Anamika says:

this is real tempting Kankana, I am in love with figs both fresh and dried…yday only ordered fresh figs in my online grocery shopping, now feel like making this cake with figs :)!

So beautiful, I love the honey drizzle in your first shot! I like your new banner for fall as well :).

Simone says:

This looks beautiful and tempting Kankana! I love figs too although they seemed to have disappeared already from the markets. Their season is way too short. Beautiful shots!

ray says:

Oh my goodness, Kankana! I love your shot of the figs. Your composition and color quality is like nostalgic. Amazing!! 🙂

Pictures give you a warm and cozy feeling. Nice to be curled up with a book and a slice of that cake. Figs do look so photogenic.

Spandana says:

Love the first pic kankana,… The cake looks absolutely delish!!

Shabunam says:

Just three words, beautiful , beautiful , beautiful 🙂 .

oooo.. i absolutely love figs.. and I have a fig cake.. something similar filed away for when the figs hit the market out here!!!beautiful photographs!!

What a gorgeous cake Kankana! Those photos are just stunning. Especially the one of the figs on the chopping board.

Manju says:

I’ve never eaten figs…and everytime I see a recipe with figs I tell myself I should go and buy some , atleast to taste them.
Well your pics have tempted me to the highest level now…Awesome!!! 🙂

Arch says:

How beautiful…fresh figs are truly amazing, they taste so great. Love that cake, it looks gorgeous and figs and honey make such a beautiful combination

Absolutely stunning photos. I love every single one!

Beautiful clicks as always….Feel like eating the cake right off the screen as I love figs…super like 🙂

The fig cake looks gorgeous.. Have to try my it (eggless) now!

Kiran says:

Love this cake and how the colors complements the season 🙂

Vimitha says:

Looks so stunning and nice flavorful cake Kankana

Lovely pics. Gotta try your recipe.

Vijitha says:

Such stunning pictures. Oops! I forgot to see the recipe. I was lost on beautiful the pictures were. So let me go back to read the recipe 🙂

this looks wonderful lovely picture

Incredible! I want a bite soooo bad. 🙂 I looove your photos…gorgeous!

Geetha says:

Beautiful pictures! Will try out the recipe:)

Asmita says:

Hi Kankana,
This looks gorgeous! Would love a big piece of this cake!

mjskit says:

Figs have always been a big favorite of mine. We had a fig tree and I use to sit in it and just eat ripe figs right off the tree. So good! This cake is SO simple and looks SO delicious! It really makes the fig the focus of this cake. I can’t wait to make it.

I have pinned this post twice, seeing it everywhere on FB and Twitter…the only thing left is to just grab it from my screen and eat it! Just amazing clicks, Kankana….am a big fan of figs..fresh or dried and this one is sure on my to-bake-list.

What a stunning cake! Love figs!

nipponnin says:

This is so pretty! Very proper! Though the fig tree in our back yard is finished through, I will keep this recipe for next season.

I love fig and I love your pictures! I made fig tart over the weekend, but I think I need to make this next!!

Meeta says:

A divine looking cake Kankana and I love the rich look and feel of the images. i adore figs!!

Vishakha says:

Love the dark brown outer crust of this cake. The first photo is just gorgeous.

Beautiful cake and photographs are stunning

Pia says:

That’s a very craggy, handsome looking cake, Kankana! You’re so right about the smell that fills the house when you’re baking with fruits. After a lot of Indian cooking, when the carpets are smelling spicy, I sometimes bake just to make the house smell all lovely 🙂 I’ll remember this cake when I see figs next.

Such a beautiful cake, Kankana! I think anyone is looking at your pictures would wish to have a piece of the cake. The last time I had fresh figs was at least 4 years ago when I was in Australia. I haven’t found fresh figs near me since then. Arghh…

dassana says:

gorgeous pics kankana. figs and honey in a cake is truly awesome combo. wish you a happy navratri festival.

Sonali says:

Gorgeous clicks.First time here and am captivated by your food photography.Love the recipe and I will give this recipe a shot as soon I get hold of some figs.

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Oh I just love sweet, fresh figs and they are so photogenic too!

Apu says:

Looks seriously tempting!

Swap says:

wow… the combination of figs and honey seems awesome, the cake looks delicious 🙂
cant wait to bake it!! lovely imagery.

Swati says:

Gorgeous photos! And I love figs……often grill them with a touch of honey for my yogurt……….though am not much of a baker..(actually I can hardly tell bake from broil :D), this looks droolworthy!
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Charles says:

Lovely Kankana – it’s such a beautiful combination, figs and honey. I made a tart with them recently, I bet they’re fantastic in cake form too!

lovely very gud way to eat figs
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A beautiful cale! I bet it tastes divine. Your pictures are so impressive.



Mallika says:

Gorgeous! Beautiful cake, very inspiring to try!

Jacqueline says:

Oh, good grief – can I have some please? What a beautiful cake and again the most amazing photography! The figs have come out with such a vibrant purple colour!

What a beautiful cake, love figs. This cake is perfect to celebrate the arrival of fall season. Very nice pictures!!!

Swapna says:

I just love your blog kankana… this looks incredibly tempting 🙂

Debjani says:

The crust on the side of your cake almost has a purple hue to match the figs on the background, but of course there can’t be a purple crust. I stared at the picture for the longest time, it’s so beautiful!

What a delicious looking cake. Who is the person that cooperates with you and stands there with the honey drizzling down? lol J here is uncooperative though I must say he works hard, travels a lot! 🙂

Kankana says:

Thanks Shulie 🙂 Well, wish the husband was home to help me with that, but he got late and so I was bound to use self timer continuos mode and drizzling the honey myself, hoping one shot would come out good enough!

Aunt Clara says:

Lovely pictures and lovely looking cake. Perfect with some spicy ginger tea in these fresher days. Yummy.

tara says:

I came across your blog post while searching pinterest for recipes with figs. Oh man, this cake looks GOOD, and your photography is amazing. I want to eat this right now!