A Walnut Pound Cake with Fresh Figs is a great dessert. The walnut studded cake is dense and rich. The cake is then topped with a cinnamon cream cheese icing. Lastly, are the fresh figs and walnuts. It is perfection!!
I love to use both butter and oil in my cakes. The butter for flavor, of course. The oil for the moisture it gives the cakes. In this recipe, you can actually use all butter or all oil if you prefer. I personally like the mix.
I like to use olive oil as the oil, but you can also use canola, which I did here.
Add your granulated sugar to the fats.
You can mix this batter with a hand mixer, stand mixer, or even you hand if you want a good workout.
After the sugar and fats have been mixed well, add in your eggs and vanilla.
This cake, with most other baked goods I make, was made with partial whole grain flours. I love to use whole wheat pastry flour as the whole grain flour. Whole wheat pastry flour is a lower protein flour that has a mild flavor. I find most people who aren’t into whole grains are generally more accepting of recipes made with whole wheat pastry flour. If you haven’t tried this type of flour, I recommend it. I buy my wheat kernels from a great family farm in Washington.
Once the dry ingredients are mixed in, fold in the walnuts. Just as a note on the walnut. You can either chop them finely, as I did or even a rough chop if you like big chunks of walnut in your cake.
You have a couple of options in preparing your pan for baking. Once, you can cover the inside with softened butter. If you choose this method, make sure you cover it well with butter. You can also tap in flour to cover the buttered sides to ensure easy removal. My favorite method for preparing pans is lining with parchment paper. You can see if the photo below, I cut the parchment at the length of the pan. Add it in, press in place. I will also spray a bit of pan spray in the pan after lining as well.
Add your batter to the pan and spread. This batter has a minimal amount of leavener. Which means it won’t rise much, and is dense. So, spread the top to make sure it baked beautifully.
The cinnamon cream cheese icing was a pretty amazing addition to the cake. I didn’t get photos of the process, as I was in a hurry. Basically all ingredients are mixed well until the icing is nice and smooth. Then top the cake generously.
It is then topped with as many beautiful figs as you can possibly fit on it. You can cut them in halves or quarters, depending on the look you are going for. If those delicious figs weren’t enough, add in those walnuts!! Now, it is perfect!
You can see this cake is so dense and I love it! I love cakes that are light and airy, but a dense cake is a must for a pound cake! Now, normally I love the chunks of walnuts, but for this one, I wanted them chopped pretty fine. I think it was a good choice, but if you like the big chunks, no judgment here!
There are plenty of ways to adjust this Walnut Pound Cake with Fresh Figs to your liking. However you choose to do it, you will love it!
If you are looking for other cake ideas, I have plenty. Check these options out!