Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fig Yogurt Cake

Fig Yogurt Cake

Figs are without a doubt, my favorite end of summer/early fall treat. My first year of blogging, I posted a new fig recipe practically every other day. I'm a bit more restrained now, but this cake is just too good not to share. The original recipe was intended to be a bundt cake, but since I don't have bundt pans, I baked this in a regular cake pan. The result was two light and fluffy cakes with the subtle sweetness of figs and brightness from the lemon zest. This is great with tea and can really be eaten at any time of day. Cake for breakfast? Why not?

Fig Yogurt Cake

One year ago: Animal Restaurant
Two years ago: Gaby's Mediterranean
Three years ago: Sweet Chili Shrimp with Sesame Soy Rice

Fig Yogurt Cake
(Adapted from Serious Eats)

Makes 2 9-inch cakes

2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour, divided
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
13 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 eggs at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Greek yogurt (I used nonfat)
1 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 cups roughly chopped figs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 9x1.5-inch cake pans.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Beat in the vanilla.

With the mixer on low, beat in one third of the dry ingredients, then beat in half of the yogurt. Beat in the next third of the dry ingredients and then the rest of the yogurt. Beat in the last of the dry ingredients.

Toss the figs with 1 tablespoon of flour. Stir the figs and lemon zest into the batter with a spatula.

Pour the batter into the prepared pans, filling each about three quarters of the way full. Bake the cakes for 30 minutes or until a toothpick placed in the center of the cakes comes out clean.

Transfer the cakes to a cooling rack and let cool in the pan for five minutes. Use a knife to gently loosen the cakes from the pans and let the cakes cool completely.

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Olga @ MangoTomato said...

yes, please!!! love figs. this would be great for breakfast, snack or dessert.

lynn said...

that sounds AMAZING! i am a fig freak….

Heather Christo said...

This cake looks so moist and delicious. I love that there is yogurt in it. Does that mean its healthy!?

Maria said...

I need to find me some figs! Love this cake.

Nancy said...

Hi Esi!!

Ah, a fellow fig fan!!! I love the use of yogurt in this one - will definitely have to try!!

Erica said...

It looks fantastic. The cake looks very light. I still am yet to eat a fresh fig...

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Love the yogurt & fig combo :)

susan said...

cake for breakfast - oh yeah! my day is complete!

Georgia Pellegrini said...

I'm so with you on the figs. I have a crazy obsession with them. And I love the idea of using yogurt in this cake.

Joanne said...

I am seriously fig obsessed also and I love the sound of this cake! Definitely breakfast material...after has yogurt in it.

Banana Wonder said...

yum! what a fantastic recipe - and i am all about eating cake for breakfast.

Unknown said...

The cake looks wonderful.

vanillasugarblog said...

wow esi that certainly sounds good. the taste of baked figs i had once in a danish, oh that was good!

Diana said...

Have you tried David Lebovitz's fig ice cream yet? If you like figs... well, yeah, it'll blow your mind!

Bet a scoop would be nice on this cake too! ;)

Sylvia said...

Oh! What a such great recipe, looks very smooth.And the pics are gorgeous

Unknown said...

totally making this next fig season... i don't think i've seen them recently :/