Our fig almond cake recipe, a crumbly dessert ideal for teatime, is my kind of dessert because it has all my favorite ingredients like Fig & Almond Confit, cardamom, ground almonds and Grand Marnier. This is the famous Fig Almond Torte reinvented. We will also talk about the lovely flavor combination of figs and nuts.
Hello my friends. When it comes to coffee cakes, and I mean those meant to be enjoyed amongst friends with a warm cup of milk tea or coffee, options abound. However, few are as quick and easy as today’s fig almond cake recipe - it’s out of the oven in 35 minutes!
Let’s talk about this unique cake and learn how to make it. A classic amongst classics, this is the cake of the Mediterranean.
What’s the Origin of the Fig Almond Cake?
Ask around, and you’ll find fig cakes in Spain, Southern France, Italy and Greece. It’s also a staple in the Southern United States, although that’s another story. So, what’s the deal with this cake?
It turns out fig cakes are as old as time. There are few better things to do with ripe figs or artisan fig jams than cake. Figs are native to the Mediterranean, so yes, fig cakes have origins in all the countries listed above. Today, it’s on the other side of the Mediterranean where figs thrive: Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and Algeria are the world’s largest fig producers.
We love figs because they’re mostly sugar and water, and they make fantastic preserves, including jams and confits. And since the pit-less fruit is native to the Mediterranean, it’s only natural it goes well with nuts, particularly almonds.
Fig and almond cakes are among the earliest confections, as they use two natural products that go great together. Of course, some cakes are relatively simple, and others are glorious! Below, you’ll find a fig almond cake recipe elevated by a dash of Grand Marnier and blessed by drizzled white chocolate. This is one wonderful cake and a fun weekend creation.
What Goes Into Fig Almond Crumb Cake?
To make a fig cake, you need a few baking staples — butter, sugar, eggs, flour and baking powder. You’ll also need some flavor and aroma enhancers, including cinnamon, cardamom, almond and vanilla extract.
Ground almonds, AKA almond meal, will give texture to the tart, and we’ll use melted white chocolate for drizzling. The main ingredient, however, is an artisan White Fig & Almond Confit.
The French artisan producer L’Epicurien makes a fantastic white fig and almond confit with a nutty, earthy and almost caramelly flavor. It has a kiss of white wine as well! You’ll want to use this one in sweet and savory recipes, and it’s our cake’s chief ingredient.
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What to Serve with a Fig Almond Cake?
What makes this fig almond cake unique is its crumbly texture and not-so-sweet flavor. All the sweetness is in the fig confit layer. This means that the cake won’t overpower milder drinks like a milky Earl Grey or a latte. Yes, milk and cream are right up this cake’s alley. A scoop of vanilla ice cream, anyone?
If you like baking cakes with almond flour, our most popular almond cake with cardamom is definitely one to check out.
And if you think you’ll never use that jar of fig confit again. You’ll find these recipes for vanilla fig almond ice cream and the loveliest fig almond tartlets helpful. Don’t even get me started on making fig jam-filled almond cupcakes!
Do you love figs as much as I do? Let me know down in the comments, and if you plan to make this or one of the other recipes above. And of course, share your creations with us by tagging @Spoonabilities on Instagram or comment on this Pin. That way we get to see it too!
Wishing you a fig-tastic day!
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- ⅔ cup (1 stick + 3 Tablespoons) softened butter
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Grand Marnier
- ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 beaten egg
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 & ¾ cups all purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon double acting baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 jar (10 oz.) White Fig & Almond Confit
- ¼ cup ground almonds
- 1 oz. chopped and melted white chocolate
- Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl, with an electric mixer.
- Beat in egg, then vanilla, almond extract, and Grand Marnier.
- Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom and salt, blend thoroughly into butter mixture (mixture will be crumbly).
- Grease a 9-inch pie plate.
- Spread half of crumb mixture (about 2 cups) evenly on bottom of pie plate.
- Dollop spoonfuls of Fig & Almond Confit on top, and gently spread evenly.
- Mix remaining crumbs with almonds; spread on top of fig spread; pat down lightly.
- Bake at 375°F for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges, and firm to the touch.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Drizzle with melted white chocolate.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: baking
- Cuisine: Italian / Mediterranean
Keywords: almond fig cake, Almond Crumb cake, almond coffee cake, cardamom desserts, almond cake with cardamom
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