fig preserve cake

me (yelling from the bottom of the stairs to three sleepy-bedheaded-getting-ready-for-school-kids): children! what do you want for breakfast?!

#1son, only daughter, #2son: pause. then loudly, in unison. CAKE!!!!! FIG CAKE!!!!

fig cake

a very easy to make cake that’s so moist and tender as is, that the topping takes it, well… over the top. i used less spices than called for in the recipe from

#2son said as the came home from school yesterday, hmmm smells like carrot cake! (must be the spices). but the flavor is quite different, somewhat raisin-like, somewhat plummy, a very subtle figgy-ness….

fig preserves

fig preserve cake:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 & 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup melted butter (2 sticks)
3 eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup fig preserves
1/2 cup chopped pecans (walnuts or raisins)

preheat oven to 325F. lightly butter a 9 by 13 inch pan.
sift dry ingredients. add butter, vanilla and buttermilk, mix well. add fig preserves and pecans.
stir just until combined. bake 40-45 minutes. cool in pan.

cake tastes great as is but if you like it stickysweet…make topping : mix 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1 stick butter, 1 tbsp. vanilla, 1 tbsp. corn syrup (i used Lyle’s golden syrup), 1/2 tsp. baking soda. warm up to a slow boil, over low heat. let boil 3 minutes. remove from heat. punch holes into top of cake with thin skewer
and pour topping while still warm.

cut into bars and serve.

8 thoughts on “fig preserve cake

  1. purplegirl

    oh my gosh. that looks sooooo delicious. yours doesn’t have the sticky topping, right? also, where do you get fig preserves? i’ve never seen it. ay naku, pinahirapan pa ko :cheerful: i want to bake that tonight. tell me, tell me where to get the fig preserves!

  2. stel

    :yes: DomesticGlamourousDeeplyPurplygirl! i just didn’t use up all the stickysweet topping :chef:
    pounced on it in my friendly nbhd big-chain grocery, on clearance! tignan ko kung meron pa…. :penguin:

  3. joey

    This looks super yummy! I found those fig preserves here in a specialty store, but now they’ve disappeared! As soon as I see them again I will get a couple of bottles and try this out :)

  4. Midge

    Hi, Stel. :wave: I recently bought the same brand of fig preserve at Makati Super and was planning to slather it over some crusty seven-grain bread and butter. I really love this idea, though – I must try it before the rest of the clan wipes out the jar! :kitty:

  5. randy

    What did the “soda” in the topping recipe refer to: soda water or baking soda? Thanks.

  6. Josephine


    Your recipe looks so delicious.

    Please tell me what we can substitute the buttermilk in your receipe if we don’t want to use buttermilk or non dairy?

    Thank you so much,


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