Have I ever baked with dried figs? For this cake, figs are chopped, then softened by a soak in boiling water. The “Fig and Orange Cake,” from this year’s spotlighted cookbook -- Everyday Little Cakes -- gives us fig skin softer than raisins. Baking with dried figs alleviates the stress associated with baking with fresh figs, which are in season for only about three weeks in the summertime.

So, now that we’ve got our easily accessed dried figs, there’s no reason not to bake this cake. Another treat here is my opportunity to bake with olive oil. An 8-inch-square pan is also low-stress. To prep this pan, we need to grease the bottom, then paper it, then grease it, then flour it.

No mixer necessary here. Mix everything in a bowl by hand. One fat orange gives me more than enough zest and more than enough juice for these ingredients. Batter is a nice mustard yellow. I baked for 33 minutes, until the tester came out clean.

The cake’s texture is quite perfect -- not too dry, nor too wet. Take a bite and enjoy the “crunch” of the softened fig seeds. And, there’s the orange flavor throughout.

Drizzle the glaze for a perfect finale. The orange glaze adds quite an “appeal” to the cake (get it?).

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Little Everyday Cakes by Candace Floyd. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

It is a new year and a new book - Little Everyday Cakes - and our choices for February 2021 were ~

Orange Marmalade Loaf with Coconut Topping

Fig & Orange Cake

Marble Cake