Fig and Banana Cake

Posted on August 19th, 2013

What’s a girl to do? 

When Asda is selling off succulent fresh figs at 5p each, what else can you do but empty the shelf? I adore figs, but let’s be honest there are only so many you can eat as they are and they are not a fruit the kids are going to touch without a little creative food inspiration. Cue my favourite yoghurt cake recipe for a makeover! Looking at the rest of my fruit bowl the options to accompany my figs were pears and bananas. I opted for the banana in the cake and the pear to go in the accompanying ice cream.  

Figs, bananas and pears

Ingredients for the cake

2 Ripe figs skinned.

1 ripe banana skinned

1 cup ( I use a 200ml cup from my bread maker but any cup will do, just use the same one to measure throughout.)

1 cup sunflower oilIngredients for Fig and Banana Cake

1 cup wholemeal Self raising flour

2 cups white self raising flour

2 cups granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla essence



Beat all ingredients together well and pour into cake tins. It will make 2 x 7 or 8 inch tins, or I used 1 loaf tin and one cake tin.


Mixing ingredients for Fig and Banana cake


Cover loosely with foil and bake at 180 degrees for approximately 1.25 hours or until a skewer is inserted and comes out clean.

Leave to cool and dust with icing. If you have kids with a sweet tooth like mine you can also add butter icing.


Baked Fig and Banana Cake


Ice CreamFig and Pear Ice cream ingredients

1 pear skinned, peeled and chopped

2 figs skinned

200 ml good natural yogurt

200ml double cream,

370g can sweetened condensed milk

2 teaspoons vanilla flavour / essence



Beat all ingredients till smooth and place in a plastic Tuppaware container.

Freeze for 3 hours, stir or beat again and freeze till set firm (about 4 hours). 

 Fig & Pear Ice Cream Making

To Serve

Simply enjoy the spongy light cake with a good helping of ice cream. Do be careful, “Fig and Pear” is a bit of a tongue twister.  We had friends round for supper and by the time we reached my lovely desert, following a couple of glasses of wine, I was announcing ” Pig and Fair” ice cream, I think I have Pigs on the brain waiting for Sally to give birth!


Fig & Banana Cake served with Fig & Pear Ice Cream


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