Gluten Free Turkish Fig and Yogurt Cake

Fresh yummy figs help make this easy gluten free Turkish yogurt cake moist and delicious.

Gluten Free Turkish Fig and Yogurt Cake #glutenfree

Sometimes a dessert just takes your breath away.

That is how I felt when I saw this Turkish Fig and Yogurt Cake made by Valeria at Life, Love Food blog. It was simple. It was beautiful…. and my photos just can’t do this incredible cake justice. Her love of food is evident in her blog and I really do hope you take some time to look at her blog. Her photography is incredible. I was thrilled when Valeria gave me permission so I could blog about converting her cake to be gluten free.

You are going to love how easy this gluten free fig and yogurt cake recipe is to make!

We were invited to dinner at a friend’s house and I wanted something special to bring for dessert. This is a great gluten free cake recipe for entertaining. It is almost like a souffle :-).

Gluten Free Turkish Fig and Yogurt Cake #glutenfree

Yogurt cakes like this tend to be a lot like a souffle.

They rise up high while baking, then fall as they cool. When you make this recipe, I highly advise using a springform pan so the cake doesn’t overflow your baking dish!

This cake is easy to make, but has a lot of steps. I took pictures ofΒ  many of the steps so you could see how the steps come together.

Fig cake meringue in batter

Here the meringue is gently blended with the yogurt batter.

Fig cake mixed batter

This is what your batter should look like when the meringue and batter are blended.

Fig cake batter with figs

The batter in the spring form pan with the figs gently set into the batter.

Fig cake puffed up

This cake can certainly puff up like a souffle. (And it sinks like one as well!) I didn’t get that fabulous puffy souffle cake photograph, but this cake still looks pretty awesome :-).

Gluten Free Turkish Fig and Yogurt Cake #glutenfree

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Things You Need To Make This Recipe:

  1. Springform pan…this makes this cake easier because it just pops out.
  2. This electric mixer is perfect to whip up the egg whites!
Gluten Free Turkish Fig and Yogurt Cake
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar normally I use coconut sugar when I bake but I didn't want the color of coconut sugar to taint the color of this cake.
  • 3 tablespoons Authentic Foods Multi Blend Flour I loved this brand because the grains are ground superfine. It also has xanthan gum in the mix so no need to add more.
  • 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon grated zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange blossom water see my substitution below
  • 7 large figs washed and halved
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly rub a spring form pan with butter.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolk with the sugar.
  4. Add in the gluten free flour, one tablespoon at a time.
  5. Mix in the yogurt and lemon zest.
  6. Add in the orange blossom water. If you can't find this, you can do what I did. Add 1/2 teaspoon orange extract and 1 teaspoon of water.
  7. With an electric mixer, beat egg whites until they are still and come to stiff points.
  8. Gently blend the meringue mixture into the batter.
  9. Pour into spring form pan and lay fig sections on top.
  10. Bake for 50 minutes, or until top is browned.
  11. Let the cake cool before serving.

More Yummy Gluten Free Dessert Recipes to Try!

If you love cakes as much as our family does, try this Vanilla Bean Infused Peach Cheesecake recipe:

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Dark Rum Infused Peaches








  1. It’s beautiful! It would be perfect for a dinner party. I’m going to make it soon so I have it in my recipes for the holidays. Thanks!

  2. Absolutely beautiful! The cake is just gorgeous with the figs on top and looks delicious. Now I just need an occasion to bake such a pretty cake!

  3. Wow, looks fantastic!

  4. This is one of the most elegant desserts I have seen in a while. It looks amazingly delicious. I wish I was in your area to have sampled this. Beautiful.

  5. Very beautiful cake and very unique!!
    I’m dreaming now of eating a huge slice πŸ™‚

  6. Wow, this looks delicious and your photos are beautiful!

  7. This looks absolutely divine! I love figs!

  8. Lovely cake! I find figs to be a work of food art. This looks amazing.

  9. You’ve done it again! This looks amazing!

  10. Will rose water diluted with water taste good with this? I just have other recipies and uses for rosewater so i wouldn’t have to go buy orange blossom water. I can’t imagine it being terrible, but you never know if someone’s tried it already and knows!

    • I am not sure Tallise. One option I read online is to soak orange peel in water for 6 hours, or overnight to get the flavor. If you try rose water, please let us know how it turns out πŸ™‚

  11. Gosh, this looks SO good! I’ve always wanted to try a fig cake but never found one gluten free. My search is over! Pinned.

  12. Holy wow that looks amazing! I never can turn down a good-looking cake, and certainly not one with FIGS!

  13. I love figs so this cake is amazing! I made it yesterday using my own homegrown brown turkey figs; used about 12 of them as they were smaller than the ones from the store. I also didn’t have any orange extract or orange water. I used lemon extract and I did have a tangerine; grated some rind of that too. Great texture; sort of like a souffle cake. Tasted fantastic; similar but even better than cheesecake.


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