Fig Upside Down Cake

This Fig Upside Down Cake is Fig-tastic!  A soft buttermilk cake topped with two layers of caramelized figs . . .  Perfection. 

Fig Upside Down Cake :::

 Anyone that follows me on Instagram already knows that I am absolutely, one hundred percent obsessed with figs!  I look forward to fig season all year long.  The moment it begins I binge on the ripe bursting fruit until my belly aches.

Actually, a fun fig fact is that they are inside out flower clusters.  So I guess I’m giving myself a tummy ache from eating too many flower clusters!

If I love figs so much,  why are there no fig recipes here on WonkyWonderful?  Because I eat them all before I can make any recipes!  But this year I am determined to share some recipes that let my beloved figs shine.  So I have been buying double the amount that I usually would, that way I can create some tasty fig recipes and still enjoy my extreme fig binges!

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 Just look at these beauties!  I love the gorgeous colors, the moist jam-like filling and the crunchy little pods that pop with flavor.  Have I mentioned that I Love Figs!?!

Okay, so back to this amazing cake.  The cake itself is a simple and delicious base that I adapted from Bake This Cake’s recipe for 1963 Kansas Golden Buttermilk Cake.

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 The fig topping is no trouble either.  Just microwave the honey, butter and brown sugar to create the caramel glaze.  Slice the figs into rounds, as shown in the photo above.  Then it is just a matter of layering the caramel, then figs and topping with the cake batter.

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 I chose to use a 9 inch spring form pan and covered it with foil.  Make sure to press the foil tightly against the pan and grease liberally with shortening.

This way after the cake has fully baked and cooled, just release the sides of the spring form.  Peel the foil away from the sides and remove the sides of the pan completely.

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Next invert the cake onto a platter and remove the bottom of the pan.  Then all you need to do is slowly peel away the foil to expose the glorious caramelized fig topping.  I may have squealed with joy the first time I removed the foil and saw what was hiding beneath!

My daughter named this the Alien Eyeball Cake . . . she is quite a character.  I decided to go with a more appetizing name: Fig Upside Down Cake.

Fig Upside Down Cake :::


Fig Upside Down Cake
Soft buttermilk cake topped with two layers of caramelized figs.
Author: WonkyWonderful
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Salted Butter room temp
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Paste
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk full fat
  • 1 Egg lightly beaten
  • 3 Tb Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tb Honey
  • 3 Tb Butter cut into cubes
  • 10-15 Black Figs * cut into rounds
Cooking Gear
  • 9 inch Spring Form Pan
  • Foil
  • Shortening
  1. Remove the stems and the bottom of the figs and slice into rounds. Set aside.
  2. Line a 9 inch spring form pan with foil.
  3. Make sure to press the foil tightly against the pan and grease liberally with shortening. Set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°
  1. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. Using a hand mixer, cream the butter.
  3. Add the white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla paste and mix together.
  4. Next, alternate adding the buttermilk and dry ingredients. Mixing in between each addition.
  5. Add the lightly beaten egg and continue mixing until fully incorporated. Set aside.
  1. In a microwave safe dish; heat the butter, honey and brown sugar until melted. (about 45 seconds)
  2. Remove from microwave a stir with a fork until it becomes a smooth, caramelly brown glaze.
Assembly & Baking
  1. Pour the glaze into the greased pan and spread into an even layer.
  2. Layer the figs on top of the caramel, there should be about 2 even layers.
  3. Gently pour the batter over the figs in an even layer. Make sure the figs do not separate.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and a toothpick can be inserted and removed clean.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 20 minutes.
  6. Release the sides of the spring form. Peel the foil away from the sides and remove the sides of the pan completely.
  7. Invert the cake onto a platter and remove the bottom of the pan.
  8. Slowly peel away the foil to expose the caramelized fig topping.
  9. Slice and Enjoy!
Recipe Notes
*I used black figs but green figs should work just as well.
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 More Favorite Recipes:

Banana Bread Cake with Brown Butter Frosting
Fig and Walnut Energy Bites
Black Forest Cream Pie
Fried Green Tomato Pie

Fig Upside Down Cake :::

 “Let the world slide, let the world go; A fig for care, and a fig for woe! If I can’t pay, why I can owe, And death makes equal the high and low”     – John Heywood

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  1. I don’t think I’ve ever had a fig! But now I must ,because this is a beautiful cake!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Ahhhh … you’ve Never had a fig!?! You must get yourself a fresh California fig immediately!

  2. I’m not even sure where to begin. I LOVE FIGS!! And upside down cake! Nicole you are a genius! And your pictures make this cake look so sophisticated. I’m diggin’ it.

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks so much, Nat! I appreciate the kind words and I am glad you like the recipe 🙂

  3. What a wonderful cake, I love figs too. They are delicious. Visiting from Tuesday Talent show and also subscribing to your blog, it looks lovely.

  4. Hi Nicole! The cake looks amazingly delicious! What timing! I’m just about to go outside and pick figs from my overloaded fig tree! Now I know what to do with a few of them! Maybe you could grow a fig tree where you live and harvest your own figs! Mine are not black, but I think they’ll be just as good! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Oh, I’m so jealous of you right now! I love all figs, but my favorite are the green. I hope you enjoy the cake 🙂

  5. I loooooove figs, but never baked with them
    This is a very delicious looking cake!!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks so much Winnie! I live figs too, I eat them so quickly that I usually don’t have any to use in my cooking/baking. Have a lovely week!

  6. This cake sounds amazing! The caramelized figs are, I’m sure, absolutely heavenly. Figs are one of my favorite fruits too, and I can’t get enough of them right now! I should make this, since there’s plenty of figs at might house at the moment. Tempting!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks Alexandra!The caramelized figs are unbelievable! I hope you enjoy and have a lovely week 🙂

  7. What a lovely cake!! I am always looking for new ways to use figs, which I love:) I will be making this very soon! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  8. It’s beautiful and sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

    (visiting from the Link Party Palooza)

  9. Wonder if you don’t have fresh figs if you could use dried figs?

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Wanda! I have only made this cake with fresh figs. I’m sure dried figs could work too. It will affect the flavor. Let me know how it turns out if you decide to give it a try 🙂

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