Homemade Fig Cake from Scratch

This homemade fig cake from scratch is downright delicious. So moist and flavorful.

Topped with bourbon whip cream; a match made in heaven.

Fig Cake


1-3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs, beaten well
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 cups figs, stewed*
1/2 cup fig juice (from stewed figs)
1 cup chopped nuts
1 tsp homemade pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lemon extract

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 9 inch square cake pan.

Cream butter and sugar for 5 minutes. Add well beaten eggs. Sift dry ingredients together and add alternately with fig juice and buttermilk.

Add figs which have been finely chopped. Add nuts, vanilla and lemon extracts. Pour into prepared pans. Bake for approximately 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Bourbon Flavored Whipped Cream

This also is great with Jefferson Davis pie, pecan pie, or pumpkin pie.

1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 TBS white sugar
1 TBS bourbon (or to taste), I use Makers Mark

In a medium bowl, whip cream until soft mounds form. Gradually add sugar, whipping until cream forms stiff peaks. Gently fold in bourbon. Chill until ready to serve. Adding 1 teaspoon of pure maple syrup is excellent too.

*Stewed Figs
Rinse and drain figs, cover with water, add 1 TBS white sugar - slowly cook over low heat for approximately 40 minutes. For this recipe, finely chop them and reserve 1/2 cup of the fig juice.


1 cup boiling water
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking soda
8 ounce box pitted dates, chopped
1 cup white sugar
1-1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp homemade pure vanilla extract

PREHEAT oven to 325 degrees and grease an 8x8 square pan.

In a separate bowl, pour boiling water over dates, salt and baking soda and allow to sit until somewhat cooler.

In another bowl, mix together remaining ingredients before adding the undrained dates. Blend together and pour into the prepared pan.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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