Caramelized Fig Upside Down Cake: sticky caramelized figs baked into a luscious orange-scented cake.

Caramelized Fig Upside Down Cake: sticky caramelized figs baked into a luscious orange-scented cake

Hello, September! We’re so excited for you to be here!

Yesterday, Rebe and I moved into a new apartment in Boston. Today, I’m exhausted and totally beat. But after living at my mom’s house for three months, the period of limbo is finally over and I am in my own space for at least another year.

OK, maybe two years judging by the fact that we’re a fourth floor walk up. 

Even though I’m three years out of college, September still feels like the new year to me. It’s a time of transition and change, and one that marks the beginning of so many new things.

Like the beginning of fall baking, which is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!

Caramelized Fig Upside Down Cake: sticky caramelized figs baked into a luscious orange-scented cake

There is also a tiny new beginning for one of my lovely blogging friends, Cheryl Malik of 40 Aprons. Cheryl is preggers with a baby boy. She’s due to have little Leo at the end of this month. So a bunch of us bloggers are hosting a virtual baby shower.

I’m so pleased to be a part of a celebration honoring Cheryl & Leo. Cheryl is one of those people that puts you in a good mood instantly. She’s absolutely hilarious, and is a phenomenal writer. If you don’t follow her blog already, you totally should.

So congratulations, Cheryl. You’re going to be an amazing mother!

And can we actually consider making this a real baby shower? Because I’m craving hard on what these other ladies brought to the table:

Healthier Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies by Culinary Couture

Panini Bites by Heavenly Home Cooking

Mini Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cakes by Bakerita

Mojito Fruit Salad by Simply Whisked

Mini Cookies & Cream Pumpkin Cheesecakes by Flavor the Moments

Baby Carrot and Apple Soup by Thistle Key Lane

Flourless Pumpkin Pancakes by Jessica in the Kitchen

Blueberry Lemon-Thyme Cornmeal Crisp by Vanilla And Bean

Caramelized Fig Upside Down Cake: sticky caramelized figs baked into a luscious orange-scented cake

Now about this fig cake. It’s absolute crack. Warm and sticky figs baked into a velvety orange-scented cake.

Move over, pineapples. There’s a new upside down in town.

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Caramelized Fig Upside Down Cake

Caramelized Fig Upside Down Cake: sticky caramelized figs baked into a luscious orange-scented cake.
  • Author: Sarah Fennel
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
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Ingredients

For the upside down bit

  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup light/medium brown sugar
  • 12 figs, cut in half lengthwise

For the cake

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light/medium brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a springform pan (sides and all) with butter.
  2. Pour the melted butter into the pan. Evenly sprinkle with brown sugar. Starting from the middle, place the figs cut side down in the pan, creating concentric circles of figs as you go outwards. Set aside.
  3. In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, sour cream, whole milk, and vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, orange zest, baking powder, and salt. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet, mixing until just combined.
  5. Spread the batter evenly on top of the figs and bake for 1 hour. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before inverting over a cake tray. Devour!

 

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congrats on the move!! Love the orange and fig combo and the caramelization on the figs looks great 🙂 pinning!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Medha!

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4th floor? I’d be dog tired today too. And it was hot hot hot yesterday! Eeeks! Oh this cake. It’s SO dreamy. I’m still seeing figs in the store, so I think I better hurry up and make this before they are gone!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? It was a trek. My knees still haven’t recovered. Ugh. And yes, everything is late this season so you still have time!

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Congrats Cheryl! And what a lovely cake, Sarah!! Both beautiful and delicious. I know what you mean about feeling like September is the beginning of the year. I am two years out of college and it still feels more momentous than January 1.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oh, SO much more momentous! And as for Jan 1st, I’d rather sleep through the new year than celebrate it at this point. Ha!

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Congrats on the new place! So exciting 🙂 I’m absolutely obsessing over this fig cake, Sarah. Will definitely be hunting down figs at the farmers market this week so I can make this!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Yaaas! Let me know what you think, Leah! Thank you!

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This cake is so beautiful!!! I wish so badly I could get my hands on some figs where we live. They are so scarce here! I’m dying of jealousy! Pinning for later, I guess 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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OK, that’s a tragedy. That needs to change!

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Moving is the worst but I love hitting restart button and starting with a blank slate. The combination of sticky figs and orange sounds heavenly.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? It’s awful and great all at the same time. And thank you for the compliments, Nicole!

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Sarah this cake is just gorgeous!! I’m just lovin’ all your fig recipes lately!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Mary Ann! Figs are so underrated.

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Moving is exhausting enough, but moving to a 4th floor apartment!? Do you have a good view? At least you’ll get some good exercise in! Looove this gorgeous cake Sarah! It’s got sour cream in there, taking this lovely cake to over the TOP! Thank you for this my dear! Gorgeous, gorgeous!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Yes, the view is phenominal! All sky and rooftops 🙂 And you know it with the sour cream. That’s my little trick 🙂

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This cake is so creative and looks so delicious! And while Fall always makes me sad (summer’s over!) I do love Fall baking the most, too! 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? It’s something huge to look forward to 🙂

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So many things to celebrate! I’ll help you celebrate by making and devouring this entire cake. 😉

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oh, ok! I am not opposed to that 🙂

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Oh man, way to take advantage of my preggers hormones, Sarah! This whole virtual shower is so, so sweet and I am so lucky to have such incredible and talented blogger friends. Speaking of.. caramelized fig upside down cake!? I cannot even deal with your recipes, Sarah. Cannot even deal. I feel like each of them should have “epic” in the recipe title. We have a huge fig tree in our backyard, actually, but all the birds and squirrels get to the figs before I can! I guess they don’t mind eating them a little unripe and taking them all for themselves.. super jerks. Thank you for being part of the virtual baby shower 🙂 We feel so loved!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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WE LOVE YOU, CHERYL! And yeah. I wish I could serve you up a big slice for reals though. Find a way to get those figs and I’ll come on over 🙂 XO!

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I seriously need some figs in my life! This cake looks phenomenal!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Jen! You’ve gotta make it!

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I think you had me at 6 tablespoons of butter! It looks amazing, I can do this!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? Like, it’s not actually that bad for you! Teehee

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This cake looks absolutely incredible. And yes, let’s make this real so we can all devour these amazing dishes together?!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Fabulous, glad you’re in too 🙂

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Upside down everything is amazing! Thank you for being a part of the shower! I’ve been watching you work your magical photography skills on Ambitious Kitchen’s Snapchat, you’re amazing!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? I want upside down to be the new right side up. And thank you so much! Glad you followed along. So excited for the photos to go live 🙂

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Moving is exhausting, and you’re so lucky to live in Boston! I’ve visited twice and just love it. 🙂 I also love figs, and wish I had this recipe when I had several pounds of them last week! Pinning for next time. 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Marcie! I feel so happy to be here. Let me know next time you’re in town 🙂

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This cake is a BEAUTY, Sarah! I LOVE eating fresh figs, but I have yet to venture into baking with them. What a great way to celebrate!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oh man, you’re missing out Lisa! You must you must!

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What a beautiful cake! I love this creative twist on an old favorite!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? That’s my favorite thing to do 🙂

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This cake is so creative and looks so delicious!!! I love it and try right now. Thanks

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The 3 measurements for sugar aren’t showing up in my browser – I’m just seeing little boxes . . . 🙁 I’m guessing this doesn’t mean I can add as much as I like. Please help? This looks amazing.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Jackson! That probably means none of the fraction measurements are showing up for you. Everything is as follows:
For the upside down bit:
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2/3 cup light/medium brown sugar
12 figs, cut in half lengthwise
For the cake:
1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light/medium brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Hope you enjoy! You’re going to love it 🙂

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Absolutely beautiful! Must find some figs 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Must. It’s too good (and too easy!) to pass up.

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This cake is so beautiful! I would be so tempted to pick every last fig off the top of the cake and eat them before actually serving it!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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That’s actually what my mom did. My sister and I had to stop her multiple times. Hahahaha!

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I love these virtual baby showers! This caramelized upside down cake is so creative! I’m sure mom to be would love to have some of this!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right?! And Cheryl is just the best. THank you Rachelle!

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This is such an incredibly beautiful cake!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Jess! The colors were throwing me off a bit, so I’m so glad you like it 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Jessica! It’s all about the figgies 🙂

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Mmm, I love upside down cakes, and this one is no exception! Great choice with the figs <3 Congrats on the new apartment, and so sweet that you're throwing a baby shower for your fellow food blogging friend…love it! Beautiful cake, Sarah 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Beeta! It feels so good to finally be (mostly) settled 🙂

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I realize you will probably despise me forever for saying this because it’s so cheesy, but…it appears you’re gettin figgy wit it!

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What a gorgeous cake! Love the look of the sliced figs, very pretty 🙂

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Oh boy…do I ever feel your pain. I just moved out of my place in South Boston and into temporary housing in the suburbs as I wait for my home to be finished. It pains me to think I will have to do it all over again in December.

Oh. . .and this cake. It is absolutely stunning. . .so much so that I wish I had a slice in front of me. If I wish hard enough do you think it will appear?

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Hooray for your new apartment, fall, fall baking and Cheryl! oh my gawd, this cake is seriously everything. gimme all the figs. for reals.

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How come I have never seen this blog before? Oh my!!
Your photos and recipes look A-H-M-A-Y-Z-I-N-G!!! 😛

And figs, I mean, seriously???? This upside down cake looks incredible.
Cheers!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Uhhh, so happy to have you here!! Thank you Aysegul 🙂 Don’t be a stranger!

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Looks great! What size baking pan is this recipe based on?

I’m going to try it this week!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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a 9 inch pan!

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