A cake that makes your whole house smell good.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan. Mix together the flour, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, 1 teaspoon baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together 1 cup butter and 1 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the eggs. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, mixing just until incorporated. Fold in the chopped figs and pecans.

  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

  • To make the icing: In a large saucepan, mix together butter, sugar, evaporated milk and baking soda. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Then cook without stirring until the mixture turns brown, or until it reaches the soft ball stage on a candy thermometer (234 degrees F - 115 degrees C). Cool to lukewarm (110 degrees F). Pour into a small bowl and beat until it thickens to spreading consistency. Quickly spread icing onto the cooled cake.

Nutrition Facts

349 calories; 21.4 g total fat; 74 mg cholesterol; 332 mg sodium. 37.2 g carbohydrates; 4.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (40)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2004
This cake is WONDERFUL! Very moist and flavorful. I used a cream cheese frosting instead of the frosting in the recipe. I know I will be making this every year my fig tree produces! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/30/2006
I made this cake for the first time tonight and am very disappointed. The cake itself is mainly a spice cake which is fine but you cannot taste any figs (I even put 1 extra cup of figs). I tried to make the icing 2 times with no success. So if your main reason for making a fig cake is to taste the figs forget this recipe. Read More
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47 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2004
This cake is WONDERFUL! Very moist and flavorful. I used a cream cheese frosting instead of the frosting in the recipe. I know I will be making this every year my fig tree produces! Read More
(26)
Rating: 2 stars
08/30/2006
I made this cake for the first time tonight and am very disappointed. The cake itself is mainly a spice cake which is fine but you cannot taste any figs (I even put 1 extra cup of figs). I tried to make the icing 2 times with no success. So if your main reason for making a fig cake is to taste the figs forget this recipe. Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2004
This cake is WONDERFUL! Very moist and flavorful. I used a cream cheese frosting instead of the frosting in the recipe. I know I will be making this every year my fig tree produces! Read More
(26)
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Rating: 4 stars
08/23/2005
This cake was great. I did not use the frosting because I used one from another recipe. It was 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup water 2 cups chopped fresh figs 1tablespoon lemon juice. Bring to boil then simmer for 20 min. It came out great. Also I only had walnuts so I used those. I will make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2003
This is delicious!! It is very moist and full of flavor. I think when the figs are gone I'll try this with another fruit maybe apples. I was a bit concerned when I made the frosting but once on the cake and after setting awhile it was great.. Thanks for sharing this recipe Liz!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2008
I have a similar receipe...that is wonderful....What I like to do with this iciing is after you've taken the cake out of the oven..let it sit for 15 min....get a fork and jab the top of the cake all over...I jab all thru the cake the deeper the better...cause when you pour this delicious icing over it...it oozes down thru the holes you jabbed and it really makes the cake jucier.... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2003
This cake was delish...very moist and the topping was wonderful...I have never cooked with fresh figs til this recipe... and this is for sure a keeper...Many enjoyed this recipe.....MANY Thanks to Liz Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2004
Not particularly a fig fan myself I thought this was great and my family loved it even more! It's akin to a spice cake but is so heavy and moist that it's even better. We prefer cream cheese frosting but it's good either way. Great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/24/2005
I was not pleased with this cake and I'm ordinarily a fan of figs and spice/fruit cakes. The icing just didn't work out (very oily) so I ended up dusting the cake with powdered sugar. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/21/2011
Very good....very moist. I added about 2 1/2 cups of figs and probably could have added a bit more flour it is moist and very good. I think its a little sweet though my figs were very sweet too....taking that in mind I'd cut the sugar a bit next time...frosting was delish. Alot like caramel....very yummy overall! Read More
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