Fig Jam Cake A shortcut to this easy fig cake is to use purchased fig jam.

Fig Jam Cake

Easy homemade Fig Jam Cake made with my Slow Cooker Fig Jam can be served as a simple snack cake or dressed up with a drizzle of my Fig and Lemon Preserves and a dollop of whipped cream. For a shortcut, you can purchase fig jam if you don’t have time to make homemade fig jam.

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My dear church friends, the Knoops, shared their backyard fig harvest with me last year! My figs were almost gone so I was grateful for the bounty.

I had enough figs from their gifting to make Fig and Lemon Preserves, Slow Cooker Fig Jam, Fresh Figs with Cream Cheese and Wildflower Honey, and this easy Fig Jam Cake made with my Slow Cooker Fig Jam.

Easy homemade Fig Jam Cake made with my Slow Cooker Fig Jam can be served as a simple snack cake a dollop of whipped cream.

We ate this cake in our lunches for several days without whipped cream or jam on top. It just got better each day. It reminded me of an old-fashioned snack cake I used to make to send in my parents lunches when I was a teenager-yes, we believed in a homemade dessert in every lunch!

One of my chores/duties growing up in Evening Shade, Arkansas was to bake desserts that could be packed in a lunch box because at one point, both my parents worked long hours in the summer. My sister tended the garden and my brother took care of the animals.

I was perfectly satisfied doing the cooking. That was right up my alley. Even though we didn’t have A/C at the time, it was still way cooler inside the house with the box fans in the windows than outside in the Arkansas heat chopping endless rows of potatoes!

What kind of figs can I use to make Fig Jam Cake?

The short answer is any fig will work fine in making the Slow Cooker Fig Jam. If you are using store-bought jam and just garnishing with figs, make sure they are ripe and free from bruises.

Five of the most common figs are Adriatic, Black Mission Figs, Brown Turkey, Kadota, and Calimyrna. For more information on each of these figs, The Spruce Eats has pics and details here. I have one Black Mission Fig tree and two hybrid trees similar to the Kadota.

Fig Jam Cake with dollop whipped cream and fig half on a blue plate and fork

I baked the cake in this picture in a 9×9″ square pan and baked it for 35 minutes and it  gives you nine tall pieces of cake.

Maple Buttercream-Frosted Fig Jam Cake is the same cake batter just baked in a 13×9″ baking pan for 23 minutes and cut into 30 small pieces to serve as a pick up size dessert for a church devo, office party, or baby shower.

Fig Jam Cake with whipped cream, fig half and Fig and Lemon Preserves drizzled.

Dress it up with whipped cream, Fig and Lemon Preserves, and a fresh fig half or simply slice and eat warm. Yum!


If you don’t have enough figs to make my Slow Cooker Fig Jam you can substitute store-bought fig jam. Keep in mind jelly is no the same as jam, so be sure to read the label carefully. Jam contains the whole fruit and jelly is made with just the juice/liquid.

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Other fig recipes you will enjoy:

Slow Cooker Fig Jam

Maple Buttercream-Frosted Fig Jam Cake

Fig and Lemon Preserves

Fig Jam Cake with Slow Cooker Fig Jam
Prep Time
13 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
cooling time
30 mins
Total Time
48 mins

This rich, dense fig cake gives you a double shot of fig goodness! Once inside the cake, adding to the moist texture and again topped with homemade fig preserves and whipped cream. Double yum! Visit for Slow Cooker Fig Jam and Fig and Lemon Preserves recipes or use store-bought fig preserves or jam. Unadorned, this cake packs well in lunch boxes and lasts for days in an airtight container.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fig, fig cake, fig jam, fig preserves
Servings: 9
Author: Kathleen Royal Phillips
  • 3/4 cup salted or unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup Slow Cooker Fig Jam Search "fig" for recipe on blog
  • Sweetened Whipped Cream for topping
  • Fig and Lemon Preserves for topping Search "fig" for recipe on blog
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Beat butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add eggs on medium-low speed, one at a time, beating just until combined. Add milk and beat just until combined.

  3. Combine flour and baking soda in a bowl or large paper plate. Gradually add flour mixture to mixing bowl, beating on low speed. Add Fig Jam and beat on medium-low speed just until combined. Spoon batter into a greased 9-inch square baking pan. Bake for 35 to 38 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Serve with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream and Homemade Fig and Lemon Preserves, if desired.

Recipe Notes

You can substitute store bought fig jam for my homemade Slow Cooker Fig Jam but don't accidentally purchase fig jelly.

Author: gritsandgouda

Hi! I’m Kathleen. I’m a food stylist, recipe developer, cookbook author, and event planner loving life in a charming town called Gardendale, Alabama, with my husband and two teenage children. I love to cook and laugh…not necessarily in that order.

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