Breads & Baked Goods, Dessert

Warm Fig Cake

  • Prep 15 mins
  • Total 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 6

TIP: This really highlights the flavor of figs when they’re ripe and delicious. Use fresh figs when they’re in season.


  • Contains Milk/Dairy
  • Contains Eggs
  • Contains Wheat

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Milk/Dairy, Eggs, Wheat

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  • 1 cup water, for steaming
  • 1/2 cup 1/2 cup superfine (caster) sugar, separated
  • 2 tablespoons water to mix
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest, plus 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 12 ripe black figs (about 14 ounces), tough stems removed and halved lengthwise
  • 2 eggs, whites and yolks separated
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt

Optional toppings

  • Crème fraîche, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream for serving


  • 8-Inch Round Baking Pan
  • Deluxe Reversible Rack (bottom layer only)
  • Medium Bowl
  • Step 1

    Open lid and add 1/4 cup sugar to pot, select SEAR/SAUTÉ, and set temperature to medium-high.

  • Step 2

    Stir 2 tablespoons water in with sugar and allow to cook until mixture is a caramel color, 5–8 minutes. Carefully add the rum (it will spit and seize up a little) and cook for another 30 seconds. Stir until combined and thick. Remove from the heat, stir in the orange juice and figs, and set aside. When cool, add fig mixture to a buttered 8-inch cake pan.

  • Step 3

    Add the egg yolks to a medium bowl along with 2 tablespoons sugar. Whisk by hand until pale and thick, about 3 minutes. Add the cream, flour, vanilla, salt, and orange zest. Whisk until smooth and thick.

  • Step 4

    In another medium bowl, using a clean whisk, whisk the egg whites by hand with the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar until they form stiff peaks, 4–5 minutes. Fold gently into the yolk batter, then pour the mixture over the figs in the cake pan (it should cover the figs completely).

  • Step 5

    Add 1 cup water to the pot. Place the bottom layer of the Deluxe Reversible Rack on the lower setting. Place cake pan on top of the rack.

  • Step 6

    Close the lid and move slider to STEAMCRISP. Select STEAM & CRISP, set temperature for 335°F, and set time for 10 minutes. Press START/STOP to begin cooking (PrE will display for approximately 10 minutes as the unit steams, then the timer will start counting down).

  • Step 7

    When cooking is complete, carefully remove cake pan and serve immediately. Spoon fig cake into small dishes and top with crème fraîche, whipped cream, or ice cream, as desired.