Almond, Fig and Orange Cake


  • 175g butter (softened)
  • 175g brown sugar plus extra for topping
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Vanilla essence/extract
  • 8 dried figs, chopped into little bits
  • 1 orange, grate the zest and slice the rest
  • 150g marzipan, cut into chunks
  • Carton of double cream
  • 2tbsp honey


Preheat the oven to about 160°C

Mix the flour,  sugar, butter and eggs with some vanilla extract/essence and the figs, marzipan, and orange zest.

Spread into a cake tin (grease if they’re not silicon).

Top with the sliced orange.

Bake for about 40mins  (but remember to keep checking). When you think it might be done poke a fork into the middle; if it comes out clean of cake mixture, it’s about done (but there’s no substitute for common sense and a trained eye!).

While it’s cooking, whizz the cream and honey together.

When the cake is cooked, allow to cool for a few minutes before attempting to remove from the tin.

Serve with the honey cream, and put your feet up.

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