Ocracoke Island Fig Cake Made With Fig Preserve Or Dried Figs
Hi ya’all! I’m embracing the spritit of the South today and making an Ocracoke Island fig cake. It has sweet cinnamon and spices that balance perfectly with the sweetness of figs. Figs grow abundantly here in the South and especially on Ocracoke Island where this recipe is from. It is made with fig preserves but since that is hard to find I made this recipe with dried figs and it turned out great! You can also substitute dried chopped dates. Either way you have to try this recipe you will love it!
This fig cake is like a spice cake with delicious plump and juicy figs in it to help keep it moist. I would love to have a fig tree so I have an excuse to make this recipe more often ;). I’m sure it would be good even with fresh figs but I haven’t tried it. Every time I find fresh figs in the grocery store I eat them right away (p.s. they are great drizzled with honey)!
There is a Ocracoke fig festival on Ocracoke Island, NC every August. You can monitor the event on ocracokevillage.com if you are interested in attending. The Fig Festival tradition was started because of Margaret Garrish who won the Fig Cake Bake-off in 1960. This recipe, however, is from the Ocracoke Cook Book published by the United Methodist Women of Ocracoke Island, NC. I dare to say it might even be better than Margaret’s recipe, anyway it’s a definite winner.
To make this Ocracoke Island fig cake you will need: oil, sugar, eggs, baking soda, flour, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, salt, buttermilk, vanilla, figs, and walnuts. Pecans are also great in this recipe. The exact quantities are in the recipe card below.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and grease a bunt pan.
Dissolve the baking soda in a little hot water.
Beat the eggs, then beat in the sugar and oil.
Mix the dry ingredients and add one cup at a time alternating with the buttermilk. Stir in the vanilla.
Fold in the fruit and nuts.
Pour into a bunt pan and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Cool and dust with powdered sugar or make a glaze with powdered sugar and a little milk. Enjoy!