Dried Figs and Apricot Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

I baked this because I was left with so many dried figs that just eating them wasn’t going to make them disappear…. the perfect excuse for a cake that might not sound that interesting, doesn’t have that “wow” look about it but just taste soooo nice, and so the neighbours still mention it, I might have to make another one! Perfect for Coffee!

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Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 1 cup of dried figs, chopped up (scissors work best here)
  • 1 cup of dried apricots, chopped up, mixed with dried strawberries, just to try

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  • 420g plain flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 170g soft butter
  • 175 sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250ml crème fraiche (sour cream)

Streusel:

In a small bowl, combine:

  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 60g soft butter
  • 40g flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

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Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C/ 160°fan/ Gas 4. Grease and flour a 28cm/ 11″ ring tube springform pan
  • Sift together the first 5 dry ingredients and take 1 tbsp of the flour mixture to sprinkle over the dried fruits to stop them from sinking into the cake whilst baking
  • In a stand mixer, beat the butter until fluffy then slowly add the sugar and cream together
  • Add one egg at a time, beating for at least 3mn after the last addition
  • Add the vanilla extract and not to worry if it looks curdled

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  • Add the flour mixture alternating with the cream, starting and finishing with the dry
  • Fold in the fruits by hand
  • Spoon 1/3 of the cake batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle half of the streusel. repeat that layer and top with the last of the batter

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  • Bake into the middle of the oven for 50 to 60mn ( mine took 55 exactly). Remove to a wire rack and let it cool for 20mn

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  • Remove from the pan to let cool completely. A dusting of icing sugar completes the picture

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Apricot Spiced Crumble Cake

Go with what the season has to offer and if you’ve bought more apricots than you can possibly eat, try this! This easy cake didn’t last 24hrs!

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Ingredients:

  • 180g plain flour
  • 150g sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground mango powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 1 tsp ground vanilla
  • ¼heaped tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1½ cup chopped fresh apricots (about 7)
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 125ml melted butter
  • 60ml (small pot) plain yoghurt ( used 0%)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Crumble topping:

  • 100g flour
  • 80g brown sugar
  • 75g butter, softened

Preparation:

  • Prepare the crumble first by combining the flour with the sugar and the butter with your fingers until the mixture is crumbly
  • Preheat oven to 180°C/ 160°fan/ Gas 4 and prepare a 20cm/ 8″ round cake tin
  • Mix together all the dry ingredients ( flour through to Cardamom) in a large bowl
  • Add the apricots, eggs, butter, yoghurt and vanilla. Mix until well combined

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  • Pour into the tin and smooth over with a spatula
  • Sprinkle the top evenly with the crumble
  • Bake for 45 to 50mn, until skewer comes out clean

 

Notes:

  1. Originally, vegetable oil was used but my #1 son, John couldn’t get enough of this cake so as I had to make it again, I used melted butter instead as I prefer the taste of it: hands down, the buttered version is much nicer, even the texture of the batter was “cakier”….
  2. This crumble is heavier than my usual so don’t be surprised if it sinks a little during the cooking as mine did but the cake looked scrummier in the process!

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