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Fig & Honey Cake - Without Added Sugar
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

This naturally sweetened cake is delicately flavoured and packed with the goodness of figs, dates & honey.

Author: Shireen Sequeira
  • 125 grams figs finely chopped
  • 125 grams seedless dates finely chopped
  • 50 grams unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 250 ml 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 175 ml honey
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 220 grams all purpose flour
  • 30 grams cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 100 grams walnuts chopped
For the frosting & decoration
  • 200 grams cream cheese
  • 2-6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon milk if required
  • 1-2 tablespoons of finely chopped figs or walnuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan with butter and dust flour on the base and sides. Tap out the excess flour. Keep the pan aside till required
  2. Sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, ginger powder, cinnamon powder & salt together and keep aside.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon flour to the chopped walnuts and roll them till coated evenly. This will prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the pan.
  4. In a saucepan, add the chopped dates, figs, butter, baking soda, water and a pinch of salt. Stir until the butter is melted and then bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from heat
  5. Stir in the honey and the whisked eggs and mix well.
  6. Sift in the pre-sifted flour and fold in. Add the chopped walnuts and fold them in.
  7. Pour into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes or till the skewer inserted comes out clean.
  8. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a cooling rack for 12-15 minutes to cool. Then unmold and let it cool completely.
  9. While the cake is cooling, prepare the frosting by adding the creamcheese and the honey in a bowl. Beat well till creamy. You can add a tablespoon of warm milk if required.
  10. Cover the cake with the prepared frosting and decorate with chopped figs or walnuts if desired. Serve immediately.