Chocolate Fig Roulade topped with figs

Chocolate Fig Roulade (video)


Sweet, sun-ripened figs are the best part about summer coming to an end! This rich, chocolate fig cake is the ultimate way to enjoy fresh figs – it’s rich, chocolate-y and fluffy! This delicious, fruity chocolate cake is made with chocolate sponge cake, chocolate whipped cream frosting and an irresistible homemade fig jam.

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The Best Fig Cake!

If you’ve never had sweet, sun-ripened purple figs, you are seriously missing out! They start to ripen at the beginning of September in California and I wait all year for them! I add them to salads, appetizers and even dessert. They are great to add to fruit salads, or enjoyed on their own, too. They taste like little candies!

For this fig cake, I wanted to add the maximum amount of flavor and made my own fig jam! It’s so delicious and ridiculously easy to make! Make a double batch and save the extra for later to enjoy with some brie cheese! If you want the filling to be less sweet, use green-colored figs which tend to be less sweet; or, reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe. Make sure to let the fig jam cool completely before using on the cake!

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Making The Best Chocolate Cake!

This chocolate cake has so much incredible flavor! I used a simple sponge cake recipe and added cocoa powder to the batter. The sponge cake isn’t too sweet or moist, so it’s the perfect recipe to hold the fig spread and whipped cream frosting. When planning this recipe, I really wanted a fluffy frosting and filling and my whipped cream frosting came to mind. I added chocolate to the recipe and viola – soo good!

To add even more chocolate flavor, I added chocolate liqueur to the fig spread before using it on the cake. The liqueur adds chocolate flavor and a bit more liquid, which makes the cake extra moist! If you don’t want to add alcohol to this recipe, just use 1/3 cup of strong coffee!

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I love these aluminum half-sheet pans – great for making cakes or roasting veggies.
You can never have too many off-set spatulas to help with cake batter and frosting!
Use this classic KitchenAid stand mixer, or this handy handheld mixer that also gets the job done!
Finish off the cake using these jumbo cake decorating tips!


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