Moist, grain-free naturally sweet almond flour fig cake. A simple, healthy paleo-friendly dessert that is refined sugar-free, dairy-free and like no other cake you’ve tried! You’d never know this cake is secretly good for you!
After posting the 40 Must Make Gluten-Free Fig Recipes roundup last week, I became inspired to join in the fun.
So I picked up ripe organic figs from my local grocery store and got to pondering about a simple, cozy cake.
This grain-free almond flour fig cake encapsulates everything I love about a good dessert.
It’s sweet, but not over-the-top sinful, moist, contains a rustic down-to-earthiness while concealing a complex, sexy array of flavors and textures.
If it were a person, it’d be that strong silent type who lives a small yet well-examined life.
Who probably lives in the woods on well water, wears flannel, speaks wisely with integrity or not at all.
Not that I dedicate vital mind space to making cake-to-person comparisons.
Almond Flour Fig Cake Ingrdients:
The ingredients required here are nothing radical – almond flour, pure maple syrup, and coconut oil are the building blocks.
This combination results in a sweet, buttery, dense yet airy fig cake. Almond flour is magical in that way.
With a warmth from a touch of cinnamon and pure almond extract, this unique cake is like nothing you’ve ever tried!
The fresh figs on top add to the rustic element and the fig seeds yield a nice textural pop.
- Grain-free, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly
- Naturally sweetened (cane sugar-free)
- Full of protein
- Healthy enough to eat for breakfast
- Tender and melt-in-your-mouth-y
I shared the heck out of this cake and got rave reviews.
I got a few “fucking delicious,” remarks, and the general consensus was that the cake is super moist and is reminiscent of a poppy seed cake.
The poppy seed cake comparison stems from the fact that I added almond extract to the batter, so it has that vibe.
The way I see it, the recipe for the cake can be modified every which way to form virtually any flavor of cake.
For instance, you can try a lemon poppy seed approach, add a vanilla bean, or add your favorite homemade frosting or glaze.
Turn it into a chocolate fest by adding 2/3 cup cocoa powder, 1/3 cup pure maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of oil.
Tips and Notes:
- Please read the full recipe instructions before preparing this cake. Don’t skip the part where you turn off the oven at the end and leave the cake sitting in the warmth. This step ensures the cake is cooked through yet remains super tender and moist.
- If you’re not a fan of almond flavor, you can skip the almond extract, although this is my favorite feature of the cake. You can also scrape a real vanilla bean to give the cake an ultra vanilla flavor.
- I used Bob’s Red Mill’s almond meal/flour for this fig cake – this recipe has not been tested with any other brand of almond flour, so there is no guarentee the use of a different almond flour will yield the same result.
- The coconut oil can be replaced with unsalted softened butter, or olive oil or grapeseed oil. If using olive oil, I recommend you do not use Extra Virgin, as the cake will turn out with a noticeable olive oil flavor.
- This recipe has been tested using both pure maple syrup and maple cream – both yield a fantastic result, although I do find the maple cream to be slightly more pleasing.
- If you can’t get a hold of fresh figs, you can slice virtually any fruit and layer it on top – try peaches, pears, apricots, strawberries, or blueberries for instance.
- You can serve the cake with chopped ripe figs, chopped raw walnuts, and a drizzle of honey on top to take the level of fancy up one notch.
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More Almond Flour Treats:
- Paleo Chocolate Chip Almond Flour Scones
- Almond Flour Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins
- Grain-Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins
- Paleo Coffee Cake
- Gluten-Free Chocolate Fig Cake
Almond Flour Fig Cake (Paleo)
Paleo Almond Flour Fig Cake made grain-free, refined sugar-free - super moist and amazing treat.
- 3 large eggs
- ¼ cup coconut oil, softened
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar or lemon juice
- 2 1/2 cups almond meal/flour
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, optional
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 6 ripe figs, sliced
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper.
- Add all of the ingredients except for the figs to a high-powered blender. Blend just until combined. Note: the batter will be very thick.
- Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer. Arrange the sliced figs on top, pushing them gently into the batter.
- Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until cake is golden-brown. Turn off the oven and keep the cake in the hot oven for another 10 to 15 minutes (until the center of the cake feels firm when gently poked) before removing.
- Allow cake to cool 30 minutes before releasing it from its mold. Serve with fresh sliced figs and a drizzle of honey or pure maple syrup if desired.
Nutrition InformationYield 10 Serving Size 1 of 10
Amount Per Serving Calories 279Total Fat 19gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 23gFiber 1gSugar 16gProtein 7g
Friday 18th of November 2022
Very sorry, but how can this be “keto” when it contains maple syrup?! It might be, as you say “refined sugar free” but it is NOT sugar free.
If I decide to make this, I shall leave out the syrup.
Monday 21st of November 2022
This cake is not keto. I do post keto recipes from time to time, which is where I think the confusion is coming from. Not all of my recipes are keto. Pure maple syrup is considered a natural sweetener as it is not refined. Therefore, the cake is refined sugar-free. Let me know if you have any other questions!
Thursday 15th of September 2022
Dammmmmmn. One of the best cakes I’ve ever eaten. Was looking to do something fun and different with fresh figs and this hit the spot. So easy and it’s amazing. Thank you, it was incredible!
Friday 16th of September 2022
My pleasure! I'm so thrilled you like it, Connie! This is one of my favorites too :)
Monday 12th of July 2021
Had to comment because this is my second time making this and the batter is just so good. I’m using plums this time and I cut the maple syrup just a little. I can already tell (from licking my fingers and eating the leftover plums) that a little lemon juice on the plums would have taken up a notch too. This cake batter is a keeper though and I plan to use it over and over again with lots of fruit! I used a nutrabullet for the batter in case someone has one instead of a different blender. I needed to add a splash of water since I cut down the maple syrup to get it to fully blend, but only add until it comes together. It’s so fluffy and delicious!
Wednesday 14th of July 2021
This is so great! I'm happy to hear it works so well with plums and other fruit...I'll have to try that, myself! Thank you for the sweet note and inspiration, Katie! xoxoxo
Tuesday 13th of October 2020
In your description, you mention cinnamon, and in the name it says honey, but neither are listed as ingredients. Did I miss something?
Wednesday 14th of October 2020
Hi Sherry! Sorry about that! I did forget to add the cinnamon to the ingredient list. The honey is just for drizzling on top of the cake once it's finished if you want extra sweetness...it's optional, not mandatory, so I leave the amount up to the reader :) Hope you love the cake! xoxox
Friday 18th of September 2020
Made this yesterday with my little Grandson. Because of that we mixed and stirred. We used strawberries because we are reading a book about them. Also we made it into muffin instead. It came out great. Going to be out treat with breakfast today. Oh and ps. He had to put sprinkles on a few! Glad to make something we all can eat. Next time I’m putting it in the blender to try.
Friday 18th of September 2020
I'm so happy you and your grandson enjoyed it, Kathy! I LOVE that you added sprinkles :D xoxo