I'm busy making fig preserves from the Celeste variety in our back yard. A HUGE tree loaded down with figs. I gathered 12 pounds figs this week and 9 pounds today. I use half as much sugar, plus some, as figs (weighing both sugar and figs separately is the only way to know you have the portions right.)
I have a recipe for a delicious Fig Preserves Cake on this blog. Just be sure to use homemade fig preserves; don't bother if you have fig preserves from the grocery. Doesn't begin to be the same; not even close.