Vegan upside down fig cake

Vegan Upside Down Fig Cake Recipe

Recipe from Louise Palmer Masterton, founder of Stem & Glory:

A recipe for autumn when figs are in season. Choose the fattest, ripest ones that you can find.

Serves 8


The cake

1 cup Flour

½ cup Almond meal (ground almonds)

¾ cup Sugar

1 tsp Baking Soda

¼ tsp Sea Salt

¾ cup Cold Water

½ cup Concentrated Apple Juice (this is different from normal apple juice and is a sweet, concentrated version of apple juice. If you don’t have this, use ¼ cup agave syrup or similar, with ¼ cup water)

¼ cup Coconut Oil

1 tbsp White Vinegar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

12 Fresh figs sliced in half with stems trimmed


  1. Line and oil a 9″-round cake pan
  2. Take the fig halves and place them cut-side down on the pan, in a circle so they are side by side over the entire pan
  3. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl
  4. Mix the wet in another bowl
  5. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together
  6. Gently pour the cake batter over the figs, you may need to spread it out with a spatula to get it flat
  7. Place in the oven at 180C and bake for 25-30 minutes, testing with a toothpick to see if it comes out clean. Usually, when the top is a golden brown, it is done. Cover with foil and cook longer if needed
  8. Once cooked, cool in the tin on a cooling rack for 30 minutes
  9. Then you will need a flat plate. Slide a spatula around the sides of the tin to loosen the cake. Carefully turn the pan over on to the plate. You should have a gooey caramelised figgy bottom!


Louise Palmer-Masterton is founder of multiple award-winning restaurants Stem & Glory; hip and trendy but accessible plant-based restaurants, serving delicious gourmet vegan food from locally sourced ingredients. Stem & Glory also offers click-and-collect and local delivery in London and Cambridge.  In addition, Stem & Glory offers a range of ready meals, finish at home pizzas, and recipe kits available for delivery across the UK. 

Twitter: @stemandglory 

Facebook: @stemandglory


Note: If you are not used to measuring ingredients in cup sizes, this is standard in the US and many other parts of the World. It saves lots of fiddly measurements. You can buy a set of measuring cups from Amazon or most good cook stores.

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