Give a Fig a Chance – Fresh Fig Cake with Fig Jam

by L Matthews on October 1, 2012

vegan fig cake fresh fig recipe

Piles and piles of figs - time to make cake and jam!

It’s probably a little late to post this as the season for fresh figs has already been and gone but here’s a vegan recipe for fig cake that my MIL made when visiting this summer – we took a classic fig cake recipe and pummeled it into tasty vegan shape – bam.

The fig tree in the back garden went kaboom and we were ankle deep in figs and desperate to find ways to keep them from getting inside the puppy’s belly. Cake was clearly in order, with lashings of fig jam and dried figs as a snack afterwards. kapow*.

Ingredients for Fresh Fig Cake


  • 1/4 cup earth balance or other vegan margarine, softened
  • 1 cup white (vegan) sugar
  • 2 tbsp flaxmeal mixed with 5 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup soy creamer (Silk, for example)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup chopped fresh figs

The Method to the Madness

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and grease two 8inch cake pans.
  2. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a medium-sized bowl,
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together the Earth Balance, sugar and flaxmeal mix until it’s vaguely fluffy, add the soy creamer, almond extract and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
  4. Start adding the flour mix in a little at a time and mixing well. Fold in the chopped fresh figs.
  5. Divide the mixture equally between the two cake pans and bake for half an hour or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean upon poking the cake (cake pokers).

While your cake is a-baking, or in advance if you’re a culinary superstar, make your figgy jammy filling. And we all want figgy jammy filling… and we all want figgy jammy filling… etc.

For Fig Jam Filling

  • 1/4 cup brown (vegan) sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups chopped fresh figs
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (fresh is best!)

The Method to the Madness

  1. Add all the ingredients to a saucepan, mix, and bring to the boil.
  2. Turn down the heat and let the mixture simmer for around twenty minutes or until cooked and thick and goopy.
  3. Let it cool and then spread it on the cake, in the middle and on the top if desired. Enjoy.



Make lots of cake as this gets better after a couple of days and so eating it all within the hour means missing out on some wonderfully developed flavours the next day and the day after. Can October be Vegan Month of Cake instead of Vegan MoFo? Vegan MoCa anyone?

*I have no idea why I started channeling comic book fight scenes as these have nothing to do with baking, whether vegan fig cake is involved or not.

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