Tuesdays with Dorie: A Fig Cake For Fall

October 25, 2011 at 12:15 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 14 Comments

a fig cake for fall

Fresh figs are a rare treat in my house…they are not so hard to find at the shops when they’re in season, but they don’t come home with me often.  I was excited to buy a pint to make this cake with TWD.  Beneath these flashy ruby port-poached figs is an appealingly rustic and sturdy cake, flavored with honey and cornmeal.  I brushed a little of the reduced port syrup on top of the figs after the cake had cooled.  Whipped cream on the side was a must.

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Cookie Rookie.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. What a beautiful cake. I have yet to bake with figs, looks delicious.

  2. So so pretty! I totally love this cake! 🙂

  3. You could probably give me some tips on figs since I know nothing about them! Your cake is so tall and beautiful. I think I’ll try some whipped cream on my next slice too!

  4. This is such a lovely cake. I really liked this even though I wasn’t sure about the figs.

  5. so beautiful!

  6. Gorgeous cake, Steph!
    Almost too pretty to slice into. 🙂

  7. Yum..it looks so good. Next time I will make mine with figs! Everything is always better with Whipped cream!!

  8. Wow – gorgeous, gorgeous figs!

  9. amazing colors. this one really POPS! in presentation.

  10. Do you think it could be made with something other than figs or even plain? Yours looks fantastic.

    • yes, i think someone on the TWD forum mentioned making it with plums.

  11. Yours looks so pretty! Glad you gave the figs a try. Thanks for baking with me!

  12. Seriously one of the prettiest photos I’ve ever seen. Fresh figs are definately a treat. This was my first time baking with them. Agreed on the whipped cream.

  13. I didn’t get a chance to go get figs (been so busy getting my daughter’s birthday cake together) but your cake looks so lovely!

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