Chocolate and Fig Cake


  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, slightly softened and cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ a teaspoon of mace
  • 8 tablespoons of milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ of a cup of almond flour
  • ¼ of good coco powder
  • (85g|3oz) of grated really good cooking chocolate (thanks to @pjburgess I used Willie’s Cacao from Waitrose)
  • a good amount of dried, sliced figs (or if you’re feeling adventurous, un-dried (wet? moist? succulent?)) figs


  1. Preheat oven to 140°C. Lightly grease and flour a 10" springform pan.
  2. Beat eggs and sugar together for a few minutes, until the mix has turned a pale yellow.
  3. Add butter and extracts and beat for 2 minutes.
  4. Whilst the above is mixing, melt the grated chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of hot water, stirring with a spatula to keep it smooth and glossy.
  5. Add the milk and salt and mix for another 30 seconds.
  6. Tip in the chocolate and blend until smooth.
  7. Stir in the flours, coco powder and baking powders, spices and fold in figs. Pour into greased pan.
  8. Bake for a little under an hour.
  9. Allow to cool, then put cake in head.