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Eggless Fig and Orange Cake – With Flax Seed Egg Replacer

figs and orange-cake

The nutty and sweet figs along with the refreshing orange zest, and flax seeds as the egg replacer; a truly vegan and delicious cake..

Even though I buy figs quite often, this was the first time I cooked with it. Usually, I just enjoy the dried figs as it is. My intention was to try the flaxseed egg replacer in a cake and hence I tried baking this cake. Dried figs and orange zest was added to the cake batter, instead of egg ground flax seeds combined with water was added. By adding flax seeds and figs this cake became much healthier.

Flaxseeds as the egg replacer worked well and the cake turned out to be moist and soft. Dried figs gave it a nutty and sweet flavour, while the orange zest made it aromatic and refreshing. Definitely a cake to entertain your guests in the evening along with a cup of coffee or tea.

Recipe adopted from here.

Figs and orange cake

Preparation Pictures

Ground flaxseeds combined in water

ground flax seeds in water

Sift flour/baking powder/salt together ( I love this gadget)

sifting flour

Chopped figs- remove any tough stems

chopped figs

Combine the dry and wet ingredients together

cake batter

Add figs and orange zest

adding figs

Pour into a greased cake pan

figs and orange cake batter

After 40 minutes of baking- Delicious eggless figs and orange cake is ready to enjoy


Eggless Fig and Orange Cake - With Flax Seed Egg Replacer
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
To make Flaxseed egg replacer- to replace 1 egg
  • Freshly Ground flax seeds- 1 tbsp
  • Water- 3 tbsp
To make the cake batter
  • All purpose flour- 1½ cups
  • Baking powder- ½ tsp
  • Sugar- ¾ cup
  • Salt- ¼ tsp
  • Olive oil- ½ cup (light tasting olive oil)
  • Milk- ½ cup
  • Prepared Flaxseed egg replacer (or add 1 egg)
  • Dried figs, chopped small- 1½ cups
  • Grated Orange zest- 1½ tsp
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine freshly ground flax seeds with water and let stand for 15 minutes till it thickens. This will replace 1 egg.
  3. Into a bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt together.
  4. Add sugar to it and combine well using a fork.
  5. In a measuring cup, whisk together olive oil and milk.
  6. Add the thickened ground flax seed to oil and milk, whisk well.
  7. Add the combined oil/milk/ground flaxseeds to the flour mix and combine well using a whisk till just combined. Do not over mix it.
  8. Add the chopped figs (remove any tough stems) and orange zest, gently fold into the batter.
  9. Grease a baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  10. Pour the batter into a 8 to 9 inch cake pan (round or square), even out the top.
  11. Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a fork inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  12. Remove the pan from the oven, let cool down completely for 15 minutes in the pan.
  13. Cut into squares or wedges and serve as an evening snack.
You could replace figs with dates, raisins, prunes, dried cherries etc.



Thas is the author of Cooking with Thas, a popular food blog with recipes from Indian, American and Fusion Cuisines. She has been blogging since 2009 and been featured in several magazines. Read more...