I shared this fig cake way back in 2008, so it’s been 10 years since I shared it with all of you and I thought it was time to share again. And I took a lot better pics this time around so you can see it much better.
Dad and mom have fig trees in their yard that produce many figs and they are getting ripe right now and ready to use. You have to use figs right away, they sure don’t last long. I got this fig cake recipe when I was living in AL from a family member over there and it’s still a good one to share.
Ripe and ready to use figs!
Chopped figs ready for fig cake.
Mixing together the batter is really easy and then you fold in the figs.
And here’s that beautiful fig cake. It’s baked in a Bundt cake pan and this one has nutmeg and cinnamon, so has nice flavors and the icing really makes it. I had to modify the icing this time, because I didn’t have all the ingredients, so I used confectioners sugar instead of sugar and didn’t use as much buttermilk, but added half and half. It came out nice!
As I said 10 years ago, I did not expect that I would like fig cake. Boy, was I wrong. This stuff is SO delicious, you will want to lick the plate. I’m glad it found its way to us and now I’m sharing it with all of you.
Use fresh figs or fig preserves for this delicious fresh fig cake.
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup oil
- 1 cup buttermilk not non-fat
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmet
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups chopped figs
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Mix dry ingredients in bowl, stir and add wet ingredients, fold in pecans and figs. Pour into greased & floured Bundt pan. Preheat oven and Bake at 350* for approx. 30 -35 min. Check for done-ness with toothpick. Mine wasn't done after 30 mins. so I left it in about 5-10 more minutes.
1/2 (one-half) cup buttermilk
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 TBL light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
Bring all ingredients to a rolling boil and cook 3 min. Allow glaze to cool before drizzling over cake. use toothpick to poke holes in cake, so glaze can go down into it.
If you can’t see the above printable version, I left the original below for copying.
I did a couple of modifications, I didn’t have cloves, so I left those out. On the icing, I used a little buttermilk, half and half, not as much butter as called for, confectioners sugar and vanilla. I added a little corn starch to thicken and whisk it on the stove until boiling, then let it cool before pouring over the cake. I think the Glaze as it is makes a little bit too much, so modify to your liking!
3 eggs lightly beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk (do not use non-fat)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 and 1/2 cups sugar (I cut the sugar down slightly)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 & 1/3 to 1 & 1/2 cups chopped figs (don’t crush them, but gently chop with knife or fig preserves will work too)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Mix dry ingredients, add wet ingredients, fold in pecans and figs. Pour into greased & floured Bundt pan. Bake at 350* for approx. 30 -35 min. Check for done-ness with toothpick. Mine wasn’t done after 30 mins. so I left it in about 5-10 more minutes.
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 TBL light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
Bring all ingredients to a rolling boil in saucepan and cook 3 min. Allow glaze to cool before drizzling over cake. use toothpick to poke holes in cake, so glaze can go down into it.
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My grandma passed away a year ago and had a fig tree in her yard. She would always make me a fig cake….oooh wee it was good. Now my daughter lives in her house and the figs are still blooming but now no fig cake. Maybe I need to get baking!! Thanks for the post it made me smile.
Do you peel the figs?
HI, Jo, no you don’t need to peel figs, it’s all soft.
Lucy Beliveau says
This looks divine and will make a perfect bundt cake for fall!! It demands attention, doesn’t it?!! The color is warm like the colors of the season and it would accompany any meal beautifully! Thanks for sharing!
I made this cake twice in one weekend. Once for myself and again, as it was so delicious, for the people who brought me the figs. It was a huge hit and looked just as pictured. The first time I forgot to put the butter I. The buttermilk glaze and it was still wonderful— just richer the second time around! I will make this again!
Isn’t it delicious?! I love this cake!
Debbie Decker says
This cake is absolutely wonderful! It:’s quick and easy to put together and is an awesome way to use up all the figs coming in this time of year! I followed the recipe as stated but did not make the glaze because I like to do different toppings depending on when we eat it. We might do cinammon butter or cream cheese if having it for breakfast with coffee or whip cream or ice cream if serving it as an after dinner dessert! Thanks so much for sharing it!
Hi, Debbie, so glad you enjoyed it!
What holds this cake together without the flour? Just thought I would check.
Hi, Linda, there is flour in the cake, it’s listed in the recipe at 2 cups.
I am going to try this cake. A while back I went to my local Kroger store and asked the girl who was working in the produce department where the figs were. She said to me “ I am not sure I know what figs are.” True story. I ended up buying the mission dried figs in a bag.
Hi, Betty, it’s a delicious cake, I hope you’ll enjoy!
That’s funny! But I rarely see fresh figs in a grocery store. Maybe sometimes ones from California but they are so expensive! Thankful I have a tree in my yard.
Libby, my parents have fig trees too so they always have plenty during this time.
Sonya Stovall says
I guess I’m blessed i have a fig tree in my back yard
If I don’t have fresh figs, how much fig preserves could be used? Thanks!
Hi, Beth, I’d go ahead and use at least 1 1/4 cup fig preserves to match the consistency of the chopped figs.
Lisa B. says
Sounds like the one I make. When figs are hard to find, you can use fog preserves/jam. I just decrease the sugar. It is beyond delicious! 😍
I never tried a fig cake before. It’s such a beautiful cake.
Thanks for your fig cake recipe. Can you use dried figs in this
HI, Kathy, I suppose you could, but I don’t think it would be quite the same. Maybe fig preserves would work better.
Hi! I made this cake and it tasted absolutely delicious! It was very moist and crumbled a lot though when cutting it. Any suggestions to keep it from crumbling next time?
HI, Christine, I’m glad you liked it. It is very moist but I don’t remember it crumbling when we made it. Try it again and maybe it will be better.
hi! my son and I made this last night. I noticed the first slices were crumbly (i was using a butter knife), so I switched to a sharper knife!
Christine Cervantes says
My neighbor gifted me with a ton of fresh figs this morning. I baked this cake and instead of the buttermilk glaze, I made a caramel glaze with chopped figs and almonds in it. I’m sure it’s great with the buttermilk glaze – I just had more figs I needed to use!
For anyone who’s ever had a problem getting a bundt cake out of a bundt pan, try spraying with Pam, then instead of flouring the pan, use granulated sugar! It will pop right out.
Hello! made this last night! HUGE HIT!!! thanks for the recipe! I am taking slices to friends and family who are shut-in during this time of the pandemic.
Do you have the nutrition information? I’m just curious, because I like to keep track of what I’m taking in (I know it’s not in any way diet friendly, bit SO WORTH the extra calories)!!!
Hi, Mary, that was a family recipe from a few years ago so I don’t have any of the nutritional stats. Enjoy!
Janice Scott says
I can only find fat free buttermilk in my local stores and the recipe says don’t use fat free …??
I’m not sure about that, but regular would probably be better. I’m surprised your grocery doesn’t have it. I’m sure someone does?