Katherine Sabbath’s Rose & Fig Love Cake Recipe

Rose and fig love cake recipe by Katherine SabbathRose and fig love cake recipe by Katherine Sabbath
Serves 8 slices
Mini loaf tin
Cook Time

Rose and fig love cake recipe by Katherine Sabbath.

It is almost impossible to resist becoming enchanted with these beautiful mini love cakes. The delicate flavour of rosewater and the tanginess of the cream cheese are complemented by the satisfying crunch of crushed pistachios. Adorned with sweet, plump, gold-kissed figs and jewel-like cubes of Turkish delight, these mini cakes are sure to win hearts! The use of almond meal and dark brown sugar lends a lovely sticky, rich profile that can’t be achieved with just flour, butter and eggs alone.

Bake My Day by Katherine Sabbath
Bake My Day by Katherine Sabbath
‘Images and text from Bake My Day by Katherine Sabbath, photography by Jeremy Simons. Murdoch Books RRP $45.’


Spiced Caramel & Almond Mini Loaves


  • 200 g (7 oz) unsalted butter, chopped into chunks
  • 200 g (7 oz) good quality white chocolate, chopped
  • ⅔ cup (150 g) firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup (250 ml) hot water2 tablespoons honey or golden syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (150 g) self-raising cake flour or self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 cups (200 g) almond meal
Rose and fig love cake recipe by Katherine Sabbath
Rose and fig love cake recipe by Katherine Sabbath


1 Preheat the oven to 160°C (315°F) fan-forced. Grease the holes of an 8-capacity (230 ml/7¾ fl oz) mini loaf tin and line the base and sides of each cavity with baking paper.

2 Place the butter, chocolate, sugar, water, honey or golden syrup and vanilla into a large heavy-based saucepan. Stir the ingredients over medium–low heat with a silicone spatula for 5 minutes, or until the chocolate melts completely and the mixture is smooth. Set aside for at least 20 minutes to cool, then transfer to a mixing bowl.

3 Add the eggs to the chocolate mixture one at a time, and beat in well using a hand-held mixer or whisk. Sift in the flour and spices and mix until well combined. Fold in the almond meal until well combined.

4 Fill each cavity to three-quarters full. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave in the tin to cool completely.

TIP: You can speed up the process of cooling your cakes by placing the whole tray in the refrigerator, covered with a clean tea towel, for an hour or so.


Rose Cream Cheese

Rose and fig love cake recipe by Katherine Sabbath
Rose and fig love cake recipe by Katherine Sabbath


  • 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 100 g (3½ oz) unsalted butter, chopped, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (125 g) icing (confectioners’) sugar, sifted
  • ½ teaspoon rosewater
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3–4 drops pink food colouring
  • ⅔ cup (170 ml) thick (double) cream, whipped


1 Using a hand-held mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, butter, icing sugar, rosewater and lemon juice on high for 2–3 minutes, or until pale and fluffy.

2 Add the food colouring until the desired colour is achieved, stirring to combine thoroughly.

3 Gently fold in the whipped cream until combined and then cover and set aside until needed.

TIP: If your filling appears to be too soft to pipe neatly onto your cakes, place it in the refrigerator for 20–30 minutes to firm up to a more workable consistency.


Assembly & Decoration

  • Large piping bag lined with a star nozzle
  • 1 cup (130 g) crushed pistachios
  • 40 g (1½ oz) Turkish delight, chopped into small cubes
  • 3 fresh figs, sliced into wedges
  • Edible gold leaf (available from cake decorating stores; optional)

1 Pipe the rose cream cheese in swirls onto each mini loaf. Adorn each cake with crushed pistachios, a scattering of Turkish delight cubes and segments of fresh fig.

2 If you like, add a decadent lustre to the topping by decorating with a scattering of gold leaf.

STORAGE: These cakes are best served at room temperature. They can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. It’s best to bring them back to room temperature before serving, but straight from the fridge is yummy too.


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