Friday, November 8, 2013

Sticky Figgy Bundt Cake #BundaMonth

Do you all remember Fig Newton cookies from when you were a kid?  I actually had to go search to see if they're still around and, yup, they sure are.  I had totally forgotten about them until the bundt bakers group announced this month's theme of working with jam and I went off to look for inspiration.

I really love Bonne Maman preserves and I've usually got a jar of the cherry flavor in my refrigerator.  Not that cherry wouldn't have been a fine choice to bake with but I wanted to see what else was available.  Truthfully I had been thinking along the lines of a sticky toffee cake, which uses dates, but then I saw a jar of their fig preserves.  I instantly flashed on the flavor of those cookies and was inspired to see what I could produce in bundt cake form.  The fig jam made the cake wonderfully moist and gave it the most amazing aroma.  And, since I still kind of had sticky toffee in my head, I went ahead and gave it a caramel glaze because a little homemade caramel never hurt anything.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

Cake:
3 Eggs
1 1/2 Cups sugar
2 Sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1 Cup buttermilk
1 Cup fig preserves
2 Cups all purpose flour
1/2 Teaspoon salt1 Teaspoon baking soda

Caramel Sauce:
1 Cup sugar
1 Pint heavy cream, warmed
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 Teaspoon sea salt

Add the eggs and sugar to a large bowl and beat together until creamed.  Beat in the butter and vanilla followed by the buttermilk and fig preserves.  In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and slowly beat into the batter.  Butter and flour a 12 cup bundt pan and pour in the batter.  Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out clean.  Allow to cool completely before removing the cake from the pan.

Make the caramel sauce by melting the sugar in a pot over a low to medium flame.  Do not stir.  When the sugar has completely dissolved, remove it from the heat and add the heavy cream.  The mixture will bubble up.  Return to a low heat and stir vigorously until all lumps are gone and the sauce is a light golden brown.  Finish with the butter and sea salt and remove from the heat.  When the cake has cooled, pour caramel sauce over the top and serve the remainder on the side.  Makes 10 - 12 servings.

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Please visit the other participating bloggers to see their amazing bundt creations:
  Aloha Cake by Veronica at My Catholic Kitchen
  Blueberry and Lemon Bundt by Holly at a A Baker's House
  Butter and Jam Bundt by Anne at From My Sweet Heart
  Cranberry Pear Pumpkin Cake by Kate at Food Babbles
  Crabapple Yogurt Bundt Cake by Alice at Hip Foodie Mom
  Cream Cheese Black Cherry Bundt Cake by Anuradha at Baker Street
  Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Blueberry Jam by Sandra at The Sweet Sensations
  Guava Cream Cheese Bundt Cakeby Kathya at Basic N Delicious
  Peachy Keen Spice Cake by Kim at Ninja Baking
  Raspberry Jam Bundt with Peanut Butter Glaze by Lora at Cake Duchess
  Spiced Bundt Cake with Berry Jam & Cream Cheese Swirl by Heather at Hezzi D's Books and Cooks
  Sticky Toffee Bundt Cake with Cranberry Jelly Glaze by Felice at All That's Left are the Crumbs
  Sticky Fig Bundt by Anita at Hungry Couple NYC
  Strawberry Jam Glazed Spiced Pound Cake with Buttermilk and Orange by Laura at The Spiced Life
  Strawberry Lemon Bundt with Strawberry Jam Glaze by Stacy at Food Lust People Love
  Triple Blackberry Bundt by Tara at Noshing with the Nolands 



17 comments:

  1. I adore fig newtons. So, send me this? Mmmmkay.

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  2. I've never tasted figs preserve before but looking at your cake, it must be good. Wonderful clicks!

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  3. I love fig newtons and they make me think of my dad for some reason. He'd love this cake and the caramel sauce too!

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  4. So glad Fig Newtons are still around. And happy to see there are gorgeous fig preserves which turn into fantabulous cakes! Great recipe, Anita =)

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  5. Anita!
    LOVE this bundt cake! love that you used fig jam . . and omg, caramel glaze??!! Fabulous. Looks absolutely delicious!

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  6. I love figs! Beautiful bundt. And it looks SO delicious! And your photos make me want to jump through the screen!

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  7. Figs are one of my favorite fruits and I haven't had a Fig Newton in ages. This cake is dreamy, Anita. That glaze is perfection! Thank you for baking with us for Jammy November!

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  8. Yum, yum, yum, your bundt looks delicious!!!

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  9. Add me to the list of fig lovers. The crazy thing is, I don't like Fig Newtons. This cake is amazing and you sent me over the edge with the caramel sauce.

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  10. Anita....I LOVE this cake! I love fig cookies and figs in general and don't bake nearly enough with them. How I wish I had thought to use them for this challenge. It looks really moist! And I bet your kitchen smelled like heaven! And caramel makes the world go round!

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  11. Funny - I hated Fig Newtons growing up, but I'm guessing it's because it was super processed and not fresh. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to grab some real fig preserves and try this.

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  12. Every now and again I find fresh figs in a store here, but I'm sure I could find fig preserves. I can't wait to try this soon.

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  13. I am a fan of all things fig but that caramel sauce sends this cake straight into the MAKE SOON zone. Love it, Anita!

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  14. Love the idea of the figs! And it leads to such a great name! :) Yum!

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  15. So I went ahead and made this cake but when I added the butter to the beaten eggs and sugar it did not mix very well. Usually the butter and sugar are creamed together first and then the eggs are added. So hence the batter had small lumps of butter in it. Did you have this problem or outcome? I was afraid it wasn't going to turn out right so I put the mixing bowl in another bowl of hot water and stirred it occasionally and some of the butter pieces melted and the batter was a little smoother. Baked it and it looks ok but it's still cooling so I haven't cut into it. Will update you later! Thanks

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  16. delicious use of fig preserves. it looks great!

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