Fresh Fig and Spiced Rum Upside Down Cake

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on September 23, 2009

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I have a confession. I cheated big time with this cake. I used…gulp…store bought cake mix! I didnt have time to make cake batter at home and I really wanted to make a fig upside down cake with a gorgeous box of fresh black figs.  So I resorted to a betty crocker mix…and it turned our yummy. The figs were so soft and sweet, I thought a nice rum and spice upside down cake would be fitting for these figs.

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Dont keep fresh figs for more than two days. They are best used the day you buy them.  You could also use dried figs in this recipe – just simmer them in a little water to reconstitute them and then proceed with the recipe.

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Wash and pat dry the figs. Then trim off the stems and quarter each fig. Pour some rum and spices over the figs and let them sit while you make the cake batter. Then arrange the figs in a cake pan and pour cake batter on top. Bake according to the instructions on the cake mix box.

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When the cake is done, invert it onto a plate and you’ll have gorgeous fig studded cake!

This post goes to monthly mingle over at ‘My Diverse Kitchen’, Meeta and Aparna have chosen the theme,  high tea.

Fresh Fig and Rum Upside Down Cake
Serve about 10

12-16  fresh figs
2/3 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1 tbsp sugar, more or less depending on how sweet the figs are
4 tbsp rum (I used captain morgans spiced rum)
1 box store bought cake mix (angel food, white or yellow cake mix)
Ingredients need to make the cake mix

Wash and dry figs. Cut off the stems. Quarter the figs. Arrange the figs in the bottom of a buttered cake pan in a single layer. (divide teh figs and batter into two cake pans if necessary). Mix cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, sugar with rum. Pour this spiced rum over the figs.  Then prepare the cake mix according to manufacturers instructions. Pour cake batter into the cake pan, on top of the figs. Bake according to directions on the box. When cake is done, let it cool for 10 minutes and invert in onto a plate.

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1 shaz September 23, 2009 at 6:34 pm

He he, we all gotta cheat sometimes! The end result looks wonderful, beautiful figs.

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2 Soma September 23, 2009 at 8:03 pm

This sounded so darn irresistible that i came right away:-D I have a love affair with figs & never can have enough of it. so what if you cheated? I wish I could have a slice.. actually i would have eaten this entire thing if i was there. Beautiful pictures !

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3 Pavani September 23, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Cake looks super delicious. I guess you are allowed to cheat once in a while to make something so yummy..

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4 a2zvegetariancuisine September 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Looks absolutely delicious, fig upside down is awesome.

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5 Esi September 23, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Yum!! Figs and cake equal heaven.

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6 Manasi September 24, 2009 at 12:52 am

Of late I have been using store brought cake mix too, mainly for convenience, turns out great everytime.
I am not a big fan of figs but ur cake looks DIVINE! I can try making with figs, unless … any other substitute (‘cept pineapples)?

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

@Manasi, if you dont like figs, you could use raisins, dried apricots, plums…

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7 Rosa September 24, 2009 at 4:24 am

A beautiful cake and magnificent pictures!

Cheers,

Rosa

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8 Dana September 24, 2009 at 11:42 am

This is such a lovely cake. I just can’t do figs – something about them totally freaks me out. But I would certainly make this for a fig lover!

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9 chocolate shavings September 24, 2009 at 2:01 pm

This fig dessert looks delicious, and those photos are absolutely gorgeous!

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10 Cham September 24, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Never thought fig could be tucked in cake! Amazing pic always tempt me to taste ur dish virtually!
Note: ur pict takes a long time to load but worth to wait, Sala :)

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

@Cham, thanks for letting me know! im working on speeding things up :)

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11 lisaiscooking September 24, 2009 at 5:05 pm

The figs are gorgeous! Sounds delicious with rum too.

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12 Aparna September 25, 2009 at 12:45 am

Its a beautiful cake, We’re all guilty of using shortcuts when necessary. :) Have to wait a while till its time for fresh figs here. :(
Thanks for joining us at the tea party.

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13 Meeta September 25, 2009 at 2:18 am

I love figs and this cake looks perfect. A ready made cake mix is not bad at all it’s the creativity that you produce out of it that counts. Thank you so much for the great entry!

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14 Sophie September 25, 2009 at 2:49 am

What an excellent cake!!

Looks very tasty & fabulous presentation!

MMMMMMMMMMMMM,….

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15 Cynthia September 26, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Did you say spiced rum? cut me a wedge :)

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16 Olga September 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Nothing wrong with cheating :) I’d do the same thing! Great looking dessert.

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17 Vijitha Shyam September 27, 2009 at 11:12 pm

That’s one irrestible cake Sala. Its ok to cheat, I do that all the time! he he

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18 pavithra September 27, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Thanks for ur lovely comment in my blog… Hope I am first time here.. The cake is looking gorgeous.. Fantastic!!!!!

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19 Whitney @ Lettuce Love September 28, 2009 at 7:03 am

That looks great! I recently discovered how yummy figs can be. YUM!

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20 Nithya September 29, 2009 at 3:24 am

Lovely cake. Looks absolutely tempting and should say your photography is phenomenal. :)

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21 sheba September 29, 2009 at 6:52 am

store brought or otherwise the results look fabulous..You are so gifted..love your blog

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22 My Carolina Kitchen September 29, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Boy, do you know how to make a store bought cake mix look like a princess. Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by my kitchen. I love your blog; so many goodies here.
Sam

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23 fariba January 31, 2010 at 7:41 am

it looks yummy and beautiful. i love it. interested to make it. but i have a question. i read several times the recipe. but i couldn’t understand some part of that.
1-after arranging the fig in the pan, then pour the rum spice on the figs, then do I have to pour 2-the cake batter top of the figs?the cake mustn’t be cover completely the figs?
isn’t it?
i am looking forward your response to jump to kitchen and make it. by the way it’s the fig season here. it was long time to looking forward it to make this recipe

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

Yes, you have pour the cake batter over the figs. And you dont want to crowd the figs too dense, its nice to see some of the cake on the top :) Hope this helps! Let e know how the cake turns out..

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24 Ritu March 5, 2010 at 4:52 pm

The more I explore your website, the more I become a fan of you and your creativity. And it comes so naturally to you. Hats off!! wonderful amazing pics and wonderful amazing ideas. I am hooked on. (you probably have heard it a zillion times bfr and know all of that very well but I still had to say it). I’ll have to make sure that I follow you on fb too.

Ritesh(Ritu)

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25 Dennis October 3, 2010 at 2:07 am

Nice cake. Got hold of some fresh figs today. Gonna make this from scratch with a twist :)

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