The magic of the autumn season brings with it a treasure trove of fresh figs. This recipe beautifully blends the jammy allure of ripe figs with the rich indulgence of chocolate, creating a sensory experience that’s unforgettable. Whether you’re sourcing figs from your garden or the supermarket aisle, this cake promises a taste that lingers.
- 120g unsalted butter, melted
- 100g plain flour
- 50g cocoa powder
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- 250g granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 70g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces (70%)
- 6 fresh figs
- Begin by preheating your oven to 180°C. Butter your 8” round springform cake tin, ensuring both the base and sides are evenly coated. For added assurance against sticking, line the bottom of your tin with a circle of baking paper, subsequently buttering and flouring it.
- For the figs, trim the top using a sharp knife. Each fig should be cut into four equal slices. Set aside for later.
- In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
- In another bowl, beat together butter and sugar until they achieve a pale hue and a creamy consistency. This should take about a minute at medium speed. Now, integrate the eggs one at a time, ensuring thorough blending after each addition. Crank your mixer up to high speed and whisk until you achieve a light, fluffy batter.
- Hand-mix your previously sieved flour and cocoa mixture into your wet ingredients using a spatula. Fold in your chocolate pieces until evenly distributed.
- Transfer your batter to your pre-prepared cake tin. Artfully arrange your fig slices on the surface, ensuring a slight overlap and beginning from the center, spiraling outwards until the entire surface is covered.
- Bake for approximately 35 minutes. Remember, the center should retain a slight wobble – this will set as the cake cools. Let your cake relax and firm up within the tin for around three hours.
- For presentation, gently release your cake from its tin, place it on your preferred serving dish, and sprinkle a generous dusting of icing sugar for that finishing touch.
Relish with a dollop of fresh cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an elevated dessert experience.