Valentines Fig Almond Cake


fig cake

For the foodies amongst us, that includes moi. See the recipe test and cake I baked above.  Here’s a lovely recipe from Jame’s in-house super chef MALCOLM WATCHA

Fig & Almond Cake

  • 285 gms dried, chopped figs
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 tsp soda bicarb
  • 125 gms softened butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar/castor sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • ½ cup almond powder
  • ¼ cup finely chopped blanched almonds (plus extra for topping)


  1. Pre heat oven to 180c gas mark 4. Grease and line the base of a cake tin.
  2. Combine the figs and water in a pan, bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add soda bicarb, cover and let it cool slightly. Blend to a smooth puree in a blender.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar until light and pale. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Sift in the flour a few table spoons at a time and mix lightly.
  4. Add the powdered almonds and the chopped almonds.
  5. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  6. Add the warm fig puree and mix together.
  7. Pour batter into a cake tin (8 inch round) and bake for one hour.
  8. Keep the cake in the tin for about 10 minutes before turning over onto a wire rack to cool.

Tip: Test if  done by inserting a metal skewer before removing from the oven.

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4 thoughts on “Valentines Fig Almond Cake

  1. Thanks! Yes figs are fragrant. I like figs, low sugar and they make a very satisfying snack.

    Have you tried fig jam? It is delicious on toasted bread. I found it in a Whole Foods store.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

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