Rosh Hashanah Recipe Box: Sweet Fig Cake with Honey Cream Glaze

Hey KS Fans,

OK, I have a confession – I AM NOT A FAN OF HONEY CAKE! – There I said it – I feel much better thank you!

You see every year around Rosh Hashanah time I start getting this pit in my stomach, and it’s not because I am  nervous about the upcoming holiday and all it entails.

NO –I am simply dreading the many conversations I will be having with my mother, grandmother, sister as well as many of my friends about WHEN , WHAT TYPE & HOW MANY  HONEY CAKE’s  they will be making  this year for Rosh Hashanah.

It is not the conversation either that makes my stomach do flip flops,  but, it is the knowledge that I really truly  DONT like Honey Cake. I genuinely have to hold myself back from saying to them all – UCH ENOUGH WITH THE HONEY CAKES PLEASE!

The sad truth is, I find the taste ( and believe me I have tried literally 30 different types of recipes between everyone)  just so unappealing. For me personally it feels like I am biting into a sponge cake that just went very very wrong!

When I got married my relationship with Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake took a turn for the worse. You see my MIL (mother-in-law) is the proclaimed QUEEN of the Rosh Hashanah HONEY CAKE in Philadelphia!

 She literally starts a month before Rosh Hashanah making & freezing them. Instead of a Holiday Card, my MIL sends her Honey Cake. And let me tell you people wait anxiously a whole year for her special honey cake – I just can’t fathom why – do they really like it? According to my husband who can eat a whole one in almost one sitting – I guess so?

 Now  the dutiful loving wife that I am,  I accept my honey cake with a huge smile and words of YUM YUM praise – As I inconspicuously wipe the sweat off my brow, while muttering silently this prayer – Please Hashem  – don’t let me crack under the pressure and just keep my secret safe one more year!

However this year my KS Friends, I am caving (the pressure has gotten to me finally)  to the Honey Cake Rosh Hashanah Cult.

BUT – I decided to come up with my own recipe; One that make the cake moist yet with texture and a more intense flavor than that traditional honey sponge cake that we all are used to.

I experimented the last few days – and found that if I use caramelized figs along with some delicious JAM in my cake batter  and add a sweet icing to top it all off – MY Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake is definitely worthy of A SWEET NEW YEAR Celebration!

So this year, I will be sending one to my MIL – hope she likes it :)

Here is my version of that once dreaded Rosh Hashanah Must Have Dessert !


:) Sarah

Rosh Hashanah Fig Cake with Honey Cream Glaze

For this recipe I used the Oxygen brand date and walnut jam –  for those of you who don’t eat nuts on Rosh Hashanah, feel free to use any fig , date or prune jam that you like. This brand has some terrific flavors and I am a huge fan.

This recipe would also work brilliantly if baked as a muffin or individual cake – a great presentation for YOM TOV dessert.

I kept this cake Paraeve for practical purposes, but I am sure if I made it in the dairy version it would be even more awesome. (just a thought)


2 cups halved fresh figs

2 tbsp. turbinado sugar or granulated brown sugar

3 tbsp. honey

1 cup sugar

2 ½ cups unbleached all purpose flour

2 ½ tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. table salt

2 large eggs

4 tbsp. melted margarine

¼ cup vegetable oil

¾ cup Tofutti Sour Cream

¼ Soy Milk

1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract

1 jar (8-9 oz) of Oxygen Date & Walnut Jan or Fig or your favorite date, fig or prune Jam


Step 1: Place your cut figs into a 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle the sugar over the figs generously and then drizzle the honey. Set your oven to high broil and bake the figs for about 3 minutes until the sugar has caramelized. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Pre heat oven to 425. Grease your 10 inch Spring Form pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Step 2: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In another large mixing bowl, whisk the large eggs and sugar together until thick and homogenous. Then slowly whisk in the melted margarine, Tofutti sour cream, soy milk and vanilla until combined.


Step 3: Add the flour mixture into the egg mixture and mix together with a rubber spatula until just combined. ( the batter will be very lumpy with few spots of dry flour; do not overmix)

Step 4: Then add  the fig jam into the batter , mixing until just combined.

Step 5: Using the spatula pour the batter into the spring form pan, tapping gently as you pour to settle and even out the batter. Sprinkle a little more turbinado sugar on top before baking.

Step 6: Bake in oven for about 20 minutes until top of cake is golden and just firm. Rotate cake from front to back halfway thru baking time. Cool muffins in spring form pan for about 5 minutes then transfer onto wire rack and cool for another 15 minutes.

NOTE: If you are making  do step 1-4. Then scoop out batter into the muffin tins. Using chopsticks or a skewer, gently swirl jam filling into batter using a figure eight motion. Sprinkle sugar on top and bake.

Step 7: Make the Icing.

¼ -1/2 cup confectionery sugar

1 cup Tofutti Sour Cream

1 tsp. lemon juice

3 tbsp. honey

Mix everything together  the confectionary sugar, sour cream,  lemon juice  and honey in bowl – add more confectionery sugar depending on how thick you like your glaze to be. Whisk until smooth. Spread glaze over cooled cake entirely. Add figs on top as desired and drizzle  honey generously over the entire cake.

FYI:  The Plates I used to serve these on are from this fantastic Plastic ware line - The KAYA Collection Wave Ware.

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About the Author

For the last 8 years Sarah Lasry has been the heart and soul of the successful and celebrated Tastebuds Gourmet Café & Flower Shop in Howell, NJ. Sarah opened and ran Tastebuds to much critical appraise for her unique approach to delicious, kosher gourmet cooking as well as her legendary parties, original style and artistic culinary flair. In 2006 Sarah wrote the acclaimed bestselling cookbook “THE DAIRY GOURMET” which revealed all the secret recipes of Tastebuds Café. With much anticipation from her many fans and fellow foodies, Sarah’s brand new cookbook “THE AT HOME GOURMET” just hit the stores with high praise and reviews. Sarah currently resides in Lakewood, NJ where she has recently left the restaurant business to concentrate on her passion for writing cookbooks and is hard at work as the Food and Home contributing editor for Binah Magazine and www. Kosherstreet.com.

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  1. Blima says:

    I thought figs were impossible to check for bugs. HOw do you do it.

    • admin says:

      No not impossible a all – I will tell you what I was told – But with the disclaimer I am not a rav and please confirm with yours.

      When you cut the fig in half, you need to spread and fan out so the innards pop up – then you check to see for worms. Worms in figs are brown white and are very visable.
      Also before you cut your fig, look to see for holes and blemishes around your fig – those that have – are usually the ones that carry the worms.

      It is a tedious task – but well worth the effort. – In this recipe they are used as a topping – feel free to leave them off if you are worried about the figs and substitute with baked apple slices .
      :) Sarah

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