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