Recipes and Cooking Apple-Fig Cake (Torta di Mele) 3.8 (4) Add your rating & review Torta di Mele, or Apple-Fig Cake, is a dessert that's easy enough for a weeknight yet elegant enough for parties. Top the apple cake recipe with a mascarpone-honey mixture for a rich, Italian-inspired finish. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on June 30, 2014 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Kritsada Panichgul Prep Time: 30 mins Bake Time: 35 mins Cool Time: 10 mins Total Time: 1 hrs 15 mins Servings: 12 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 2 medium tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (2 cups) 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon finely chopped crystallized ginger ½ cup sugar ½ cup butter, melted 3 egg yolks 2 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 3 egg whites ⅓ cup honey 6 fresh figs,* thinly sliced ½ cup mascarpone cheese 2 tablespoon honey Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan; set aside. In a medium bowl combine apple slices, the 1 tablespoon sugar, the lemon juice, and ginger. Set aside. In a large bowl combine the 1/2 cup sugar, the melted butter, egg yolks, and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed about 2 minutes or until thick and light yellow. Add flour, baking powder, and salt, beating just until combined. Set aside. Wash beaters thoroughly. In a separate medium bowl beat egg whites with an electric mixer on medium speed just until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Stir about one-third of the beaten egg whites into the flour mixture to lighten. Fold the remaining egg whites into flour mixture. Drizzle the 1/3 cup honey over batter; fold in until combined. Spoon half of the batter into the prepared springform pan, spreading evenly. Top with half of the apple mixture. Spoon the remaining batter over apples, spreading to cover apples. Top the batter with the remaining apple mixture (discard any lemon juice remaining in bowl). Arrange fig slices over apples. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until top of cake is evenly golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes (center may dip slightly). Loosen and remove sides of springform pan. Cool completely on wire rack. In a small bowl stir together mascarpone cheese and the 2 tablespoons honey. Serve cake with mascarpone mixture. * If you can't find fresh figs, use dried Mission figs instead. In a small saucepan heat 1 cup brandy or apple juice just until simmering. Remove from heat. Add dried figs; let stand for 20 minutes. Drain well, discarding liquid. Slice figs. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 281 Calories 13g Fat 39g Carbs 4g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 12 Calories 281 % Daily Value * Total Fat 13g 17% Saturated Fat 8g 40% Cholesterol 79mg 26% Sodium 255mg 11% Total Carbohydrate 39g 14% Total Sugars 28g Protein 4g Vitamin C 2.4mg 12% Calcium 101mg 8% Iron 1.1mg 6% Potassium 131mg 3% Folate, total 28.2mcg Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg Vitamin B-6 0.1mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.