1 1/4 cups Sugar
7 ounces almond paste (not marzipan)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (at room temperature)
2 teaspoons pure almond extract
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 large eggs (at room temperature)
1 cup less 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pint small fresh figs (cut into quarters, preferably Black Mission)
  Whipped cream (as garnish, optional)