Ginger Almond Fig Cake {Gluten-Free}

A recipe for a gluten-free, almond flour cake dotted with figs and ginger.
Ginger Almond Fig Cake Recipe {Gluten-Free} |

In August I spent a good deal of time being upset by the lack of figs in my life. I even went so far as purchasing them in Grand Marais when I came across them at the co-op there and then packing them in my cooler and carrying them the 250 miles home. I was desperate for them, a drug I needed to complete my summer.

My children ate them halved with a drizzle of honey, sometimes with a handful of nuts. These things seemed like a good pairing: crunchy raw nuts, cloying honey, fresh figs. I did this a few more times, placing a plate out for the kids as a snack in the afternoon. I swapped honey and nuts for bits of salty cheeses. I plopped them down on afternoon salads with goat cheese, suddenly excited for lunchtime rather than viewing the noon hour as a chore to be done midday that brings productivity to a definite halt.

Finally the figs are here, and as quickly they’ll be gone, but not before you celebrate the seasonal shift which accompanies their harvest with a cake.
Ginger Almond Fig Cake Recipe {Gluten-Free} |

Ginger Almond Fig Cake Recipe {Gluten-Free} |
I feel as though this cake may be cheating just a bit. It is very similar to another gluten-free cake I made this spring with a pear and a bit of caramel sauce. However, it is also different. I mean, figs and ginger are an entirely dissimilar class of cakedom than the pears and vanilla caramel in the former.

You can make this cake with any type of figs you happen to come across, even the dried variety. I know because this is how I first made it, way back in May as spring was sliding into summer and my head was wishing summer was the one sidling to the door. Now we’re here, and I’m holding my breath to see if I can slow down the passage of time and trap us in this in-between. I live for the shifting of seasons.

Ginger whispers of the cold that’s coming in this almond flour cake, and the figs provide juicy bursts of sun-ripened sweetness. Cut yourself a sugar-dusted piece and sit on the front steps as you watch the neighbors’ tree turn from green to golden with every passing second.
Ginger Almond Fig Cake Recipe {Gluten-Free} |

Ginger Almond Fig Cake {Gluten-Free}



  • 2 eggs, separated
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup chopped fresh figs
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Line an 8" cake pan with parchment, or grease 12 muffin cups liberally.
  2. Place the egg whites in a medium bowl. Whip until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the yolks until thick and pale yellow. Slowly add in the sugar and the vanilla. Stir in the almond flour, arrowroot powder, and the ginger.
  4. Take ⅓ of the whipped egg whites and stir it into the yolk bowl. Fold the remaining whites into the bowl just until incorporated, and then slightly stir in the chopped figs.
  5. Spoon the batter into the cake pan or muffin cups. Bake the cake pan for 25-30 minutes, until the center is set and golden across the top of the cake. Bake the muffin cups for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool slightly before turning out. Dust the top of the cake(s) with confectioners' sugar before serving.
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 6-8

Ginger Almond Fig Cake Recipe {Gluten-Free} |


  1. This cake is all sorts of amazing!

  2. This cake makes me happy!

  3. I really love figs, truly and deeply. This looks perfect.

  4. This looks Delicious! I can’t wait to try it and I am excited it’s made with almond flour. Just need to find some arrowroot. Thanks for sharing.

  5. These are so pretty!

  6. Oh man! Beautiful!

  7. Such a gorgeous cake!

  8. Beautiful post and photos! I have everything this recipe calls for except the figs, so I think I’ll pick some up and try it this weekend. I don’t really like fall, but I think this cake will make me like it more!

  9. I just pulled this cake out of the oven and all I can say is “Yum!” I added a small amount of sliced almonds and that gives it a little crunch. Love the use of almond flour and want to try more recipes with it. Thanks for this!

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  11. This is such a gorgeous cake. I love figs and hope that I can get my hands on a few this year.

  12. This is such a beautiful cake! I love that it’s gluten free too.

  13. Spoon the batter into the cake pan or muffin cups. Bake the cake pan for 25-30 minutes, until the center is set and golden across the top of the cake. Bake the muffin cups for 15-20 minutes.

    Can you explain this in more detail. I am not clear, should I put the filling after that bottom is already bake and then put the top. Thanks

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