Chocolate Fig Feather Cake


I entered my first baking contest sponsored by King Arthur Flour a few weeks ago.  Facing some tough competition, my cake didn’t place but I got some wonderful feedback from the judges.  They thought the cake was beautiful and the ganache was perfect (pictred above) but the cake was a little light for the rich ganache-so I might find another cake to match it. 

I often make a similar cake with a light chocolate glaze and strawberries or raspberries as a garnish (recipe below). 


Mocha Cake Decorated with Fresh Strawberries
The beautiful bright red of ripe strawberries dresses up this rich cake made from local specialty ingredients found at the Arlington Farmers’ Market.


3 ounces good quality dark chocolate (I used Taza)
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/3 cup unsalted butter
¼ cup cold strong coffee
¼ cold water
1 egg
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp cinnamon

2 oz semi-sweet chocolate
1 ½ tablespoons butter
¾ cup powdered sugar
1 ½ Tablespoons cold strong coffee

1 cup sliced strawberries
Several mint leaves or tops

For the Cake
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Melt chocolate in double boiler or in a heavy pan over very low heat
3. Place chocolate aside to cool
4. Sift together flour , cinnamon
and baking soda in a small bowl
5. Mix together coffee and cold water
6. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl or mixer
7. Add egg to the butter and sugar mixture and mix well
8. Add cooled chocolate to butter and sugar and mix well
9. Add ½ of the coffee and water to the butter and sugar and beat well
10. Add ½ of the flour mixture and continue beating
11. Add the remaining coffee and water and beat well
12. Add the remaining flour and beat until fully combined
13. Allow the batter to rest for a few minutes and then pour into a greased 9” layer cake pan
14. Bake for about 30 minutes until set and gently pulling away from the sides of the pan
15. Cool on a wire rack

For the glaze
1. Melt chocolate and butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat
2. Cool slightly and pour into the bowl of a mixer
3. Add coffee
4. Sift in powdered sugar
5. Beat until shiny and smooth
6. Pour over cake layer
7. Allow glaze to set

Decorate with strawberries and mint


2 responses to “Chocolate Fig Feather Cake

  1. The cake looks delicious! And by the way, congratulations on your pickle win!

  2. Greetings, Robin – I work with Arlington Community Ed and we’d love to talk to you about the possibility of you teaching a course through our program next Spring: perhaps a guided culinary tour of the farmers market plus cooking class?

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