Saturday, February 20, 2021

Fig & Minneola Tangelo Cake #TheCakeSliceBakers


Here we are the February 2021 edition of the Cake Slice Bakers. For 2021; we are baking from Little Everyday Cakes: 50+ Perfectly Proportioned Confections to Enjoy Any Day of the Week by Candace Floyd.* I can't believe that we're already in a new year. In many ways 2020 dragged on as the shelter-in-place orders continued month after month; on the other hand, it was a completely blur because there weren't milestones to mark the passage of time.

In this group, we are given a selection of three cake recipes. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

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The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

Here's the line-up for this second month of 2021...

Orange Marmalade Loaf with Coconut Topping

Fig & Orange Cake

Marble Cake

    Marbling Challenged

    Before I get to the recipe that I am ultimately sharing, I must admit that I am marbling challenged. I tried this technique a few times and just couldn't get that swirl all the way through the cake the way it looks in Floyd's book. My marbling is only on the top, no matter what I tried. I am anxious to see if any of the bloggers can explain it in a way that I can replicate it! So, I went with the Fig & Orange Cake though I substituted minneola tangelos because that was the citrus in my fruit bowl the day I was baking.

    Fig & Minneola Tangelo Cake

    In addition to swapping citrus fruits, I did deviate from Floyd's recipe a bit in the process as well as the ingredients as I wanted to see the figs in the top of the cake, not just mixed into the batter.

    Ingredients makes two 6-inch cakes

    • 1 cup dried figs (mine were very moist so I didn't soak them) plus three more 
    • 1-1/2 cups flour
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 cup olive oil (my favorite is arbequina for baking)
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons zest from organic minneola tangelos (use whatever citrus you have, but make sure it's organic)
    • 1/2 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia extract (or you can use 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract)
    • Also needed butter, parchment paper, two 6-inch baking pans, wire rack
    • 1/2 cup organic powdered sugar
    • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed juice from the minneola tangelos
    • 1 Tablespoon butter
    • Also needed: saucepan


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the bottom of the cake pans with parchment paper and butter the sides of the dish. Slice three figs and arrange them on the bottom of the pan which, when inverted, will become the top. Chop the remaining figs into 6 to 8 pieces each.

    In a medium mixing bowl blend together the flour, sugar, and baking powder. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, milk, eggs, extract, and zest. Gently fold in the flour mixture until everything is just moistened.

     Incorporate the figs into the batter and divide between the two prepared baking pans. Place the pans on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake until the cake is browned, rise, and bounces back when you press on the top lightly, approximately 30 to 35 minutes.

    Place the pans on a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, invert the pans onto a wire rack, remove the parchment paper, and let cool completely. While the cakes cool, prepare the glaze.

    Whisk together the powdered sugar and citrus juice. Pour into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Let boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat and stir in the butter.

    Pour the glaze over the cake. Slice into wedges and serve immediately. That's a wrap for the February #TheCakeSliceBakers' event. We'll be back next month with three more cakes to inspire you.

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    1. Kind of like an upside down fig cake! It sounds yummy.

    2. I think your marbling is beautiful! And your fig cake looks great, too.

    3. Your marbling looks absolutely gorgeous! I love the flavors in the fig cake you shared - it sounds so flavorful and moist with that poured over glaze.

    4. I see no problem with your marbling but had I had figs at home this is the cake I would have gone with. Love figs and your cake is perfect.

    5. I agree with everyone--your marbling looks good to me! But the fig cake was a good choice. Looks delicious!

    6. Your cakes looks delicious! I can't wait to try this recipe.