fig spice cake with buttermilk glaze

fig cake

The inspiration for this fig cake arrived after receiving a tattered shoe box from my dad with some of my Nana’s handwritten recipes and a couple of old church cookbooks. I noticed this recipe for fig cake in one of the laminated cookbooks, but had no idea what to expect. Because if you’ve ever seen one of these old, spiral-bound church cookbooks, you know that they can either contain absolute jewels of time-perfected family recipes OR absolute horrors like gelatinous shrimp salad or baked bologna casserole (wish I was kidding).

Luckily, this fig cake features no gelatin, I promise! Rather, it is full of pantry & fridge staples that turn into the most delicious, fragrant spice cake. And the heavenly  buttermilk glaze is not optional here–it soaks into every morsel of cake making it incredibly moist even on day 3 after baking. (Day three, and more than halfway through the cake between 2 people, is when we decided to share with others…)

Perfect to serve warm out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or at room temperature with a cup of coffee, this fig cake is sure to be added to your list of easy, go-to desserts.

FIG SPICE CAKE WITH BUTTERMILK GLAZE

  • From an old church cookbook
  • Yields: 1 Bundt cake

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk *or 1 cup whole milk with 1 Tbsp. of white vinegar
  • 12 oz. fig preserves
  • non-stick spray (or extra softened butter)

For the buttermilk glaze:

  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a Bundt pan REALLY well with non-stick spray or with butter. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of standing mixer, sift together all dry ingredients (flour to white sugar).
  3. Put on the paddle attachment and start it on low speed. Crack in each egg, one at a time, until incorporated. Then mix in the vanilla, oil, buttermilk, and fig preserves until combined. Bake in the well-greased Bundt pan for 50 minutes to 1 hour until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly in the pan while you make the glaze.
  4. For the glaze: add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and bring it up to a boil. Boil gently (careful to not let it boil over) for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, and then remove from the heat. Before removing the cake from the Bundt pan, slowly pour the still-warm glaze over the entire cake. Allow it to cool completely and soak in the glaze (30 minutes to 1 hour) and then turn out onto a cake stand to serve.

4 thoughts on “fig spice cake with buttermilk glaze

  1. Hi Hon,

    Looks like a great “find”…probably tastes like it too. So glad you could mine for treasures in this hand-me-down.

    Love,

    dad

    From: let there be butter <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: let there be butter <comment+eds-kod3a5flh0hlhblbu16y@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 12:02 PM To: Don Hicks’ e-Mail Addresses <dahicks@utdallas.edu> Subject: [New post] fig spice cake with buttermilk glaze

    lettherebebutter posted: ” The inspiration for this fig cake arrived after receiving a tattered shoe box from my dad with some of my Nana’s handwritten recipes and a couple of old church cookbooks. I noticed this recipe for fig cake in one of the laminated cookbooks, but had no i”

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s