Upside-Down Fig Cake

Upside-down Fig Cake Recipe

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virginia duncan


I really like the taste of figs and prunes in cakes. I'm surprised at how good they are. This is a Paula Dean recipe.

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6 to 8
50 Min
50 Min


1 1/2 c
plus 1 1/2 teaspoons butter, softened and divided
1/2 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
2 Tbsp
fresh figs, stems removed and halved
3/4 c
1/2 tsp
vanilla extract
large eggs
1 1/2 c
all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp
baking powder
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/2 c

How to Make Upside-Down Fig Cake


  • 1Preheat oven to 350. Grease bottom and sides of a 2-inch cake pan with 2-inch sides with 1 teaspoon butter. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper; grease top of parchment paper with 1/2 teaspoon butter.
  • 2In a small saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter over medium-low heat. Stir in brown sugar and honey, and cook, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes or until sugar dissolves and mixture is smooth. Let cool slightly; pour sauce into prepared pan. Arrange fig halves, cut sides down, in concentric center over sauce.
  • 3In a large bowl, beat remaining 1 cup butter at medium speed with a mixer for 1 to 2 minutes or until creamy. Add sugar and vanilla and beat for 3 to 4 minutes or until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • 4In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; gradually add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition. Spoon batter over figs in prepared pan.
  • 5Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 1 hour. Carefully run a knife around edge of cake to loosed, and invert onto a serving plate.

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About Upside-Down Fig Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom
Hashtag: #figs