Valentines Fig Almond Cake




  • 300 gms dried, chopped figs
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 tsp soda bicarbonate
  • 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 350.
  2. Grease and line the base of a cake tin.
  3. Combine the figs and water in a pan, bring to a boil.
  4. Remove from heat, add soda bicarb, cover and let it cool slightly. Blend to a smooth puree in a blender.
  5. Beat the butter and sugar until light and pale.
  6. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  7. Sift in the flour a few table spoons at a time and mix lightly.
  8. Add the powdered almonds and the chopped almonds.
  9. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  10. Add the warm fig puree and mix together.
  11. Pour batter into a cake tin (prefer round) and bake for one hour.
  12. 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.


5 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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