Easy Fig Cake

I love figs to bits, and one of the things I’ve been missing about home is having the freedom to go out in the yard and pick them at will. So when I went home to Veneto a few weeks ago, one of the first things was exactly that – picking figs eating them while still warm. I baked quite a lot of fig cakes, too, and the easy fig cake recipe below is the result of a few attempts.

It’s an unfussy cake. It’s not too sweet and it’s very light due to the lack of butter or oil. It makes for a lovely breakfast or afternoon snack.

Easy Fig Cake

3 free-range eggs, divided
120 g raw cane sugar
250 g all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
zest of 1/2 lemon
125 g plain full fat yoghurt
60 ml whole milk

8 figs, cut into four parts

Preheat the oven to 180°C. In a large bowl, whisk yolks with sugar until you get a frothy mixture. Stir in the flour mixed with the baking powder. Add yoghurt and milk and then the vanilla and lemon zest and stir to combine.

In a small bowl, beat egg whites until firm peaks form. Fold them through with gentle movements from the bottom to the top.

Pour the batter into a greased 23cm springform pan. Arrange the figs on the survace in a spiral form. Bake the cake for 40 to 45 minutes or until cooked through (test with a skewer).

Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for 15 minutes before freeing the springform. Leave to cool completely before dusting with icing sugar and slicing.



  1. Francesca September 15, 2011

    Il tuo blog è delizioso…le foto sono incantevoli e questa torta dev'essere squisita…brava

  2. Simo September 15, 2011

    che belle foto e che buona la torta! Profuma di autunno…

  3. Claudia September 15, 2011

    Le foto sono meravigliose e la torta…beh, inutile dire che è golosissima! Già i fichi sono buoni di per se, figuriamoci come dev'essere una torta con questi dolci fruttini affogati nell'impasto!

  4. nerodiseppiablog September 16, 2011

    Non ci posso credere! Zero burro? E dall'aspetto è perfetta! Devo assolutamente provarla 🙂

  5. Valeria September 19, 2011

    @Francesca: grazie grazie mille, mi fai felice!
    @Simo: eh si, anche se stenta ad arrivare, ci siamo quasi
    @Claudia: questa torta è stata proprio una bella scoperta, specie il cuore morbido del fico, buonissima!
    @nerodiseppiablog: senza burro, sisi, ed è buonissima!

  6. Nadia September 19, 2011

    I love figs too! I used to drive 100 km away just to buy the perfect figs 🙂
    The cake looks super tasty! Great photos as always 🙂

  7. Juls @ Juls' Kitchen September 20, 2011

    La prima foto è meravigliosissima, vien voglia di rubarlo quel fico aperto! e poi.. wow! che bontà la torta!

  8. Valeria September 23, 2011

    @Nadia: tahnks! wow, 100 km is a lot, but well deserved, I am sure!
    @Juls: grazie cara! 🙂 era mica male, sisi!

  9. Anonymous August 22, 2012

    it is in the oven ..will get back with you

  10. J July 24, 2014

    Memories of the summers past at your parnets house. I always forget how the light is so different there.


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