Easy Fig Cake Recipe – So Yummy!

easy fig cake recipe - mypoppet.com.au

If you need a go-to cake recipe that is easy, super adaptable and extra yummy, look no further than my Easy Fig Cake. The magic is really in the batter because it works so well with any fresh fruit that is in season. I’ve even made it with canned fruit too.

In summer I love making this cake with cherries, peaches or apricots. Strawberries work well in spring, but my most favourite version is with figs.

There is nothing as delicious as perfectly ripe figs which are at their peak in late Summer to early Autumn – quite a short season really. If you are in the Northern hemisphere now I’m so jealous because I’ll need to wait about six months before they will be available here in Australia.

ripe fig

Serve warm with a big dollop of double cream for a tasty dessert with coffee or tea. It’s so good, I guarantee everyone will be asking you for this tasty fig cake recipe.

easy fig cake recipe - mypoppet.com.au

easy fig cake recipe - mypoppet.com.au

Easy Fig Cake Recipe

Yield: 8 serves
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A delicious and easy to make fig cake that can be adapted to suit any fresh or tinned fruit.


  • 8-10 fresh figs - Peeled and halved
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp marsala wine or dry sherry (can be substituted for fruit juice)
  • 250ml milk
  • 75g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g caster sugar (superfine sugar)
  • 250g Self Raising flour


  • Preheat oven to 180C
  • Combine brown sugar and marsala and drizzle mixture over cut side of figs.
  • In a small pan gently heat milk and butter until butter just melts.
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar and milk/butter mixture.
  • Gradually fold in flour and stir until well combined.
  • Grease and line base of a 20cm (8") round pan or 20x25cm (8"x10") baking pan and pour in batter - spread out to sides.
  • Place figs cut side up in batter and bake for 35-40 min or until skewer comes out clean.
  • Cool before turning out.
  • Notes

    Optional - sprinkle with chopped almonds half way though baking.

    Fig Cake Recipe Adapted from Movable Pleasures (1997) by Guy Mirabella - now out of print.

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 5g

    Nutritional information is an estimate only and may vary depending on ingredients used.

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    • Jay Hunt says:

      I’m wondering if an ingredient is missing from this recipe? The batter is very liquid, and even after cooking at the correct temperature and for an extra 10 minutes, it looks and tastes raw inside, although outside it looks fine. A disappointing result.

      • Cintia @ My Poppet says:

        Sorry your cake didn’t turn out well. I just remade the recipe to double check and it came out fine. You can see the results here, I used strawberries instead of figs because I had them on hand. https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/18003369973256602/ The batter is more like a thick pancake batter, you are right in that regard. I’m just wondering if you used metric measurements or the US conversions. Also maybe double check your oven temp. Was it in C or F ? This recipe has 22 over 4 star reviews.

    • Jay says:

      Thank you for taking the time to respond and to retest the recipe. I’m pretty sure I measured correctly in metric, and used the Celsius temperature setting. One to put down to experience, I guess.

      • Cintia @ My Poppet says:

        Sometimes it happens. I’ve been known to have a few baking fails in my time. Hope you try it again sometime.

    • Paula Di Trento says:

      Great Cake found your recipe as I have an abundant of figs from the garden. Turned out perfect and yummy thank you.

    • Ravina says:

      Could I also like mix some fig into the actual mixture? Like squash and mix? Not a seasoned baker so not sure hahah
      And could I use orange juice instead of sherry?

      • Cintia @ My Poppet says:

        Fruit through the mixture may cause the batter to be too moist and end up under cooked. If you don’t have sherry, any juice will do fine.

    • Jane says:

      Hi , first time user to your site
      Found this “easy fig cake” recipe on googling as my gig tree has given me sooo many gigs this year
      Just a quick question have you tried making this with Gluten Free flour? I ask as I am a celiac

      • Cintia @ My Poppet says:

        Hi, no I haven’t tried it with gluten free flour. You may need to experiment as I’ve heard each brand of flour can vary.

    • Sonya says:

      Hi Cintia – this looks delicious. I’m planning on making this tomorrow . Is it really necessary to peel figs? Let me know- thanks!

    • gloria says:

      Thank you for your easy Fig Cake recipe- made it but as the batter is
      heavy I served the cake with a big dollop of Vanilla yoghurt with each slice- delicious! My cake also had finely chopped blanched almonds for the crunch.

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