Fig, Plum and Almond Cake (flourless)

Is it a tart or a cake – I’m opting for cake (I think). Anyway it has a lovely rich almondy base, a layer of sticky figs and then topped with fresh figs & plums. So delicious!

I love using these beautiful seasonal fruits and I think it pairs really well with almond – but then I love almond desserts so maybe I’m a bit biased? 

As an added bonus it’s completely flourless and therefore gluten-free.

I love to serve it with some creamy coconut yogurt or vegan vanilla ice cream and its perfect for breakfast as well as a dessert.

I hope you enjoy xxx

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  8 servings
  15 minutes preparation time
  35 minutes cook time


Base ingredients;
  • 3 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 
Dry ingredients; 
  • 125g ground almonds
  • 3 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Zest 1 lemon 
Wet ingredients 
  • 3 tbsp almond butter or peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 tsp almond essence 
  • 125ml almond milk
Fig Paste ingredients;
  • 10 dried figs
  • 5 tbsp water
  • 3 fresh figs sliced 
  • 3 fresh plums sliced 
  • Coconut/brown sugar to sprinkle – optional


  1. I’m a small bowl mix together the olive oil and vinegar. 
  2. Preheat the oven to 180c and line an loose bottomed tart pan with baking paper and grease the sides.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl (ground almond, coconut, ground flax seeds, lemon zest, baking powder, and salt)
  4.  In a small bowl, mix together the almond butter, maple, almond essence and vanilla, almond milk. Now mix in the olive oil & vinegar. 
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir thoroughly to combine.
  6. Spoon into the cake tin and flatten out.
To make the paste;
  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blitz until you get a paste.
  2. Spread the paste over the base, then add the sliced fresh figs & plums on top. Sprinkle some sugar over the top.
  3. Bake for 35 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

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  1. Thea on October 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Hi,I am wondering if the formatting of the step by step is off. It reads as if the olive oil mixture, the dry ingredients and the almond butter.- almond milk go together. This will not result in something that needs pressing, but rather pouring, I assume that the almond butter-almond mild wet ingredients are supposed to go with the figs to form a paste? Is this correct?

    • Niki on October 21, 2019 at 4:54 am

      Hi Thea
      Its correct – I should have said spoon not press. Ive corrected.
      Thanks so much
      Niki xxx

  2. Sara Farmer on January 2, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Hi! Would you please relabel this recipe as vegetarian as it uses figs, which are not strictly vegan? Thanks!

    • Niki on February 18, 2020 at 5:06 pm

      Good spot!
      Niki xxx

    • Linda on August 26, 2020 at 4:37 pm

      Why aren’t figs not vegan?

  3. Cassie on March 23, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    How can fugs, a fruit not be Vega?

    • Misty on August 10, 2020 at 12:36 am

      Google it, it’s pretty crazy lol

    • Wen on August 26, 2020 at 9:34 pm

      Wasps pollinate fig flowers and in return lay their eggs there. They then get absorbed as nutrients for the fig. So eating wasps is not vegan.

  4. Ivona on May 24, 2020 at 10:44 am

    I tried baking it today and it is super delicious!!

    • Niki on May 24, 2020 at 10:52 am

      Niki xx

  5. Nicola on August 30, 2020 at 2:21 am

    SO: Is the fig paste on top of the cake or in the car batter?

    • Niki on September 2, 2020 at 6:55 am

      Hi Nicola
      It’s on top of the cake batter.
      Niki xx

  6. Alina Keller on September 23, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Nikki

    I cannot see the instructions on what to do with the topping (figs and plums), Are you just put them fresh on top of it or do you put it afterwards again into the oven for a little? Thanks in advance 🙂

    Super eager to try this our this week!

    Regards, Alina

    • Niki on October 9, 2020 at 4:35 pm

      You pop them on top of the paste and then bake.
      Much love
      Niki xxx

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