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Fig & Honey Cake - Without Added Sugar

This naturally sweetened cake is delicately flavoured and packed with the goodness of figs, dates & honey.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 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


  • 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
  • Sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, ginger powder, cinnamon powder & salt together and keep aside.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Stir in the honey and the whisked eggs and mix well.
  • Sift in the pre-sifted flour and fold in. Add the chopped walnuts and fold them in.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes or till the skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cover the cake with the prepared frosting and decorate with chopped figs or walnuts if desired. Serve immediately.