Honeyed Fig Cake

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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.


Honeyed Fig Cake 1


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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!


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Honeyed Fig Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 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


  1. Grease a six inch round baking pan with butter and dust it with flour. Keep it aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  3. 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.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients - flour, ground almond, baking powder and salt.
  5. Pour the dry ingredients to the wet ingredient's bowl and whisk until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla extract and give it another whisk.
  6. Pour the batter to the greased pan and top it with the quartered fresh figs.
  7. Put it in the middle rack on the oven and bake for 30 to 35 mins.
  8. Insert a knife and if it comes out clean, cake is ready.
  9. 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
    October 16, 2012 at 9:24 PM

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

  • Anamika
    October 16, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    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 :)!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    October 16, 2012 at 9:32 PM

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

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    October 16, 2012 at 9:47 PM


  • Simone
    October 16, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    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
    October 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM

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

  • indugetscooking
    October 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    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
    October 16, 2012 at 10:50 PM

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

  • Shabunam
    October 16, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Just three words, beautiful , beautiful , beautiful 🙂 .

  • baker in disguise
    baker in disguise
    October 17, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    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!!

  • Jennifer (Delicieux)
    Jennifer (Delicieux)
    October 17, 2012 at 1:33 AM

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

  • Manju
    October 17, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    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
    October 17, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    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

  • thyme (Sarah)
    thyme (Sarah)
    October 17, 2012 at 5:14 AM

    Absolutely stunning photos. I love every single one!

  • Shema George
    Shema George
    October 17, 2012 at 5:27 AM

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

  • Divya
    October 17, 2012 at 7:28 AM


  • Radhika@JustHomemade
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    October 17, 2012 at 8:39 AM

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

  • Kiran
    October 17, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Love this cake and how the colors complements the season 🙂

  • Vimitha
    October 17, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Looks so stunning and nice flavorful cake Kankana

  • Colette @ JFF!
    Colette @ JFF!
    October 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Lovely pics. Gotta try your recipe.

  • Vijitha
    October 17, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    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 🙂

  • torviewtoronto
    October 17, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    this looks wonderful lovely picture

  • Kate@Diethood
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    October 17, 2012 at 4:24 PM

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

  • Geetha
    October 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Beautiful pictures! Will try out the recipe:)

  • Asmita
    October 17, 2012 at 8:11 PM

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

  • mjskit
    October 17, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    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.

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    October 17, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    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.

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes
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    October 17, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    What a stunning cake! Love figs!

  • nipponnin
    October 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    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.

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    October 17, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    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
    October 18, 2012 at 1:03 AM

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

  • Vishakha
    October 18, 2012 at 1:10 AM

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

  • Marta @ What should
    Marta @ What should
    October 18, 2012 at 5:37 AM

    Beautiful cake and photographs are stunning

  • Pia
    October 18, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    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.

  • reese@SeasonwithSpic
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    October 18, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    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
    October 18, 2012 at 9:37 AM

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

  • Sonali
    October 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    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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  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    October 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM

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

  • Apu
    October 18, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Looks seriously tempting!

  • Swap
    October 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM

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

  • Swati
    October 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    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!
    Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment behind! Enjoy your weekend!

  • Charles
    October 19, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    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!

  • Gujaratizaika
    October 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    lovely very gud way to eat figs
    happy to follow u…
    would be glad if u follow back 🙂

  • Rosa Mayland
    Rosa Mayland
    October 20, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    A beautiful cale! I bet it tastes divine. Your pictures are so impressive.



  • Mallika
    October 20, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Gorgeous! Beautiful cake, very inspiring to try!

  • Jacqueline
    October 21, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    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!

  • Lola Lobato
    Lola Lobato
    October 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM

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

  • Swapna
    October 22, 2012 at 11:44 AM

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

  • Debjani
    October 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    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!

  • foodwanderings
    October 29, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    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 Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      October 30, 2012 at 9:35 AM

      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
    Aunt Clara
    October 31, 2012 at 8:04 AM

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

  • tara
    December 17, 2012 at 5:40 AM

    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!

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