Thursday, June 25, 2009

Flashback and Foodie Friday ~Fresh Fig Upside Down Cake

As usual for a Friday I am flashing back..this time to last summer when my parents came to visit and they brought a couple of gallons of fresh figs with them! What a yummy gift. With a few of those figs I made this tasty cake.

Fresh Fig Upside Down Cake

Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh figs, stemmed and quartered
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 ounces butter, softened, in all
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger (my addition)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup milk


Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, toss the figs with the sugar. In a hot cast iron skillet, melt 1/2 stick of the butter. Saute the figs for 2 minutes.

For the batter: In a mixing bowl, cream the remaining stick of butter and brown sugar. Stir in the eggs 1 at a time. Sift the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, ginger and cinnamon. Combine vanilla and milk. Add the flour mixture and milk to the egg mixture. Mix well. Pour the cake batter evenly over the figs. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and pulls away slightly from the edges of the skillet.

Cool for about 30 minutes, then invert over a large platter. Cut into individual servings and serve with a scoop of ice cream.

I took a picture of this beautiful dragon fly around the same time.

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Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Suzy, I remember that beautiful dragonfly photo! I showed it to several people, so BEAU! I know we would enjoy the fig cake. Thanks for the flashback. We're heading to our cottage, and I just didn't find the time to do a flashback this week. Have a great weekend.

Foley said...

The dragonfly I remember so well!! Goreous photo!

Figs I have never fact I don't think I have ever seen them in the grocer around here...

Marsha said...

That is just such a great photo of the dragonfly - the colors are amazing!

Your cake looks delicious as well - I have never had a fresh fig and my only experience with them is fig newtons ;) but I sure would be willing to give this one a taste. Your photo is mouthwatering.

Cynthia said...

Fresh figs ... what a treasure. The cake sounds so moist and delicious.

Gorgeous dragonfly .... I love your Flashbacks.

honeysuckle said...

This sounds intriguing. I have never tried it but I love figs. Thanks for sharing with us.

Mary said...

I've bookmarked this post. That cake sounds absolutely wonderful. Thank you for sharing it with us.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love fresh figs - a newly acquired taste :) so I am keeping this recipe, Suzy!

Great dragonfly photo!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Figs are so yummy and I bet this cake is to die for. Most of Emeril's recipes are. Thanks for sharing.


Chandy said...

Gorgeous cake! I bet it tasted delish!

Nicole Feliciano said...

Thanks for this tasty recipe. And the dragonfly picture is gorgeous! I just posted Friday's Feasts over at Momtrends. I hope you’ll stop by and link up! Here's the link:

Dishesdone said...

The fig cake looks great! I always love your flashbacks! Fresh figs are so good, has to be one fantastic cake, it looks super!

Pretty dragonfly!

ButterYum said...

I love figs... cake looks great. Amazing dragon fly shot!

Kathleen said...

I forgot to comment on this..the cake looks delicious, and what an amazing shot of the dragon fly!

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