Food & Lifestyle by Gayatri Singh

Lemon Thyme, Figs and Orange Blossom Cake

Lemon Thyme, Figs and Orange Blossom Cake

I was having some friends over for a dinner and I was running out of time to make a dessert, I know, really poor planning on my part and I was a bit tired. 🙁

But I saved the day by making this delicious and unique cake, I love lemon thyme and orange blossom water and I have baked a few things using these but this was the first time I was baking with figs so I wasn’t sure how it was going to come out. Well the combination worked and the cake was delicious. I served this cake with plain vanilla ice cream and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

So this is how you make this cake!




  • 1 ¼ cup plain flour (all purpose flour)
  • 120 g unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 3 eggs
  • 175 g sugar (you can use 1 cup)
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  • A few sprigs of lemon thyme picked
  • 10 figs cut lengthwise
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp butter for greasing


Preheat the oven on 180C/350F.

Line the cake tin with baking parchment and grease it with butter.

Mix the flour with salt and baking powder, whisk it well or sift it for 2-3 times. Keep it aside.

In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment cream the butter and sugar. When it’s light and creamy add 1 egg at a time. Now add in the orange zest, blossom water.  Whisk it well but don’t over mix as the eggs can break down.

Fold in the thyme and the flour in 3 batches. Add milk and fold it well. Take the air bubbles out by tapping the cake tin on the counter.

Place the figs in a circle on the top, sprinkle the chia seeds on the top.

Bake it in the preheated oven for 35-37 minutes or a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Cool it on the wire rack, dust some icing sugar if you want.

Serve it with coffee.


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