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Hazelnut, fig and coffee syrup cake

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for hazelnut, fig and coffee syrup cake

By Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 6
  • 30 mins preparation
  • 40 mins cooking plus cooling
Hazelnut, fig and coffee syrup cake
Hazelnut, fig and coffee syrup cake

Hazelnuts, figs and coffee are a union of flavours that work so well together. For best results, make this cake on the day of serving.


  • 250 gm hazelnuts (1 1/3 cups)
  • 200 gm pure icing sugar (1¼ cups)
  • 250 gm butter, at room temperature
  • 6 eggs
  • 110 gm self-raising flour, sifted
Fig and coffee syrup
  • 200 gm dried figs
  • 60 ml amaretto (¼ cup)
  • 125 ml strong espresso coffee (½ cup)
  • 110 gm caster sugar (½ cup)


  • 1
    For fig and coffee syrup, combine ingredients in a small saucepan, bring to the boil, then simmer over medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until syrupy. Cool and set aside.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 200C. In a food processor, process hazelnuts for 1 minute
    or until finely ground, add icing sugar and process for another 20 seconds. Using an electric mixer, beat butter for 2-3 minutes or until pale and creamy, add hazelnut mixture and beat for another minute. Add eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition to incorporate, then add flour and beat until combined. Spoon cake batter into a greased and baking paper-lined 19cm x 26cm oval cake pan and tap pan on bench to level. Bake in centre of oven for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted withdraws clean, then cool cake in pan on a wire rack until room temperature.
  • 3
    To serve, invert cake onto a wire rack, then invert again onto a platter. Remove half of the figs from syrup, arrange on top of cake and drizzle cake with half of the syrup. Serve with remaining figs and syrup to the side.
  • Author: Lisa Featherby