Fresh figs are one of those ingredients which can make any bland recipe special. I found some at the French Markets a couple of weekends ago and got the idea to make a fig cake. But unfortunately when I went back the next weekend to get some, they were no longer there. So I had to settle with dried ones for this cake. They're surprisingly just as good as fresh ones if they're rehydrated in simmering orange juice and when they're cooked in the middle of a cake, you can hardly notice the difference. This cake is light and delicious with its layer of sticky figs, tart raspberries and orange zest. Serve it with a dollop of mascarpone and enjoy!
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figs soaked in orange juice