Saturday, February 20, 2021

Fig and Orange Cake ~ #TheCakeSliceBakers

Dried figs and orange flavor two ways - juice and fleur d'oranger -  
combine  to make this cake a delicious afternoon treat.



The Cake Slice Bakers are baking through Little Everyday Cakes by Candace Floyd in 2021. This is our second month of baking through this book, which focuses on recipes for smaller cakes. A smaller cake means less leftovers and can ultimately result in less waste.




The Cake Slice Bakers are a group of dedicated bakers who all love cake. Each year we choose a new cake-centric cookbook and bake our way through it. Every month we are given 3 choices and on the 20th day of each month we reveal what we have chosen on our blogs. This month's choices were Orange Marmalade Loaf with Coconut Topping, Fig and Orange Cake, and Marble Cake.  I left the choice of which cake to make up to my husband and he chose the Fig and Orange Cake.




This Fig and Orange Cake is super quick to put together and packs a lot of flavor into each slice. I am usually not a big fan of using oil in baking, but in this case the olive oil makes total sense as it is a great enhancement to the fig and orange flavoring. To give the cake an even bigger punch of flavor I added a tablespoon of fleur d'oranger, which was a nice touch.





Fig and Orange Cake

Ingredients
Cake ~
  • 220g (7 ounces) dried figs
  • Boiling water
  • 180g (1½ cups) all-purpose flour
  • 200g (1 cup) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 100ml (½ cup) olive oil
  • 115ml (½ cup) whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon fleur d'oranger
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
Glaze ~
  • 60g (½ cup) powdered sugar
  • 30ml (2 tablespoons) orange juice
  • ¼ teaspoon finely grated orange peel
  • 15g (1 tablespoon) butter, melted

Preparation
Cake ~
  1. Preheat the oven to 180℃ (350℉).
  2. Spray a 20 x 20cm (8 x 8 inch) with baking spray.
  3. Remove the hard stems from the figs and chop each fig into about 6 - 8 pieces.
  4. Place the figs in a bowl, and cover them with boiling water; let them soak for 10 minutes and then drain off the liquid.
  5. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  6. Whisk together the oil, milk, fleur d'oranger, and eggs in a small bowl.
  7. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture, and fold together with a rubber spatula until just combined.
  8. Fold in the drained figs, orange peel, and vanilla,
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  10. Bake the cake for approximately 25 minutes, until a cake tester cakes out clean.
  11. Place the pan on a wire rack, and let the cake cool completely.
Glaze ~
  1. Whisk together the powdered sugar, orange juice, orange peel, and butter until smooth.
  2. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the cooled cake.
  3. Cut the cake into squares, and serve from the pan.




Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Little Everyday Cakes by Candace Floyd. 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!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

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.





It is a new year and a new book - Little Everyday Cakes - and our choices for February 2021 were ~ 


Orange Marmalade Loaf with Coconut Topping

Fig and Orange Cake

Marble Cake



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