This fig and honey cake is my official farewell to fig season. I know, I’m late, it’s already October and I should be moving on to pumpkin everything. But there was still a bevy of gorgeous, ripe figs at the market last week, and we’re still in the midst of Indian summer here, so I had to do a last bit of baking with them.
This cake is richer and subtler than the sweet cakes of summer; it’s flavored with honey and has a hint of cinnamon (I experimented with adding more spices but it started edging into full spice cake territory – perhaps better for the holidays!). The frosting is whipped cream mixed with a bit of crème fraiche to give it some tang, and some more honey. It might be a bit gilding the lily, when the figs are already devastatingly ripe and sweet, but I love swirling honey over them. When I bite into it, it’s like tasting the last memory of summer.
I’m going to be a little honest here, too: pumpkin isn’t really my favorite thing (I know! the horror!) so I may be a bit slow in getting some pumpkin-y recipes out, but if you’re already planning for Halloween, may I suggest:
and just so your furry friends don’t get left out:
- 1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons (85 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
- ½ cup (100 g) sugar
- ¼ cup (85 g) honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- ¼ cup (60 g) whole milk
- ¼ cup (2 oz) crème fraîche
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ cup (110 g) heavy cream
- About 6-7 ripe figs, halved and quartered
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9" springform pan or cake tin with removable bottom.
- Whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Combine butter and sugar in a stand mixer bowl. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
- Add honey and vanilla extract to mixer and beat until combined.
- Add eggs one at a time to mixer and beat until combined.
- Add flour mixture and milk in 3 alternating additions, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Beat until well combined.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove when a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool on wire rack.
- Whisk the crème fraîche together with the honey in a small bowl.
- Whip the heavy cream in a stand mixer until it reaches firm peaks.
- With a rubber spatula, gently fold half of the whipped cream into the crème fraîche and then gently fold in the remaining half.
- Remove cake from the pan. Spread the whipped cream over the top. Arrange cut figs over the top. Serve immediately.