Fig Spice Cake Recipe

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Photo by Lori Dunn
This cake travels well, making it ideal for picnics, potlucks and bake sales.
12 servings SERVINGS



    • 1⁄2 cup orange juice
    • 1⁄2 cup plain yogurt
    • 11⁄2 cups cake flour
    • 1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1⁄4 teaspoon cloves
    • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1⁄2 cup butter
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 cups peeled, chopped figs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla

    Mocha Frosting:

    • 1 2⁄3 cups powdered sugar
    • 2 tablespoons cocoa
    • 1⁄2 cup butter
    • 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
    • 3 tablespoons strong coffee, hot
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla


    • Position oven rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease tube pan; set aside.
    • To make cake: In small bowl, whisk together orange juice and yogurt until smooth. Set aside.
    • Into large bowl, sift cake flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and baking soda. Set aside.
    • In medium bowl, using electric mixer, cream butter until soft. Add sugar, and mix until creamy and light. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
    • Add sifted ingredients to butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with orange juice-yogurt mixture, stirring after each addition until smooth. Add figs and vanilla, and mix to blend.
    • Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake for about 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
    • Cool completely.
    • To make frosting: Sift powdered sugar and cocoa into medium mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Set aside.
    • In large bowl, using electric mixer, cream butter until soft. Add sugar mixture gradually, beating until creamy. Add salt and coffee, and beat for 2 minutes. Let cool, then blend in vanilla. Let frosting stand for 5 minutes.
    • Beat frosting before spreading over cooled cake. Get more great fig recipes.

    Recipe adapted from The Joy of Cooking.