I’ve always liked the idea of making a fig upside down cake. Figs are such a striking fruit and they deserve to be showcased! I wanted to avoid the popular fig dessert pairings like honey and mascarpone. I’ve already been down that road and wanted to try something new! So I consulted the Flavor Bible. (Yes, it’s literally a book called the Flavor Bible. It’s basically just a giant list of ingredients with sublists that contain things they pair well with. I love it.) But I digress. Two ingredients jumped out at me: caramel and cinnamon. Those two things along with figs in a cake sounded fantastic. I gave it a go. Incredible flavor. Everything I’d hoped it would be.