The Recipe That Made Ocracoke Island Fig Cake Famous - Carolina Country

The Recipe That Made Ocracoke Island Fig Cake Famous

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  • 1 cup salad oil
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda, dissolved in a little hot water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup preserved figs, chopped (chopped dates may be substituted for figs)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts


  1. Beat 3 eggs; add sugar and oil.

  2. After sifting dry ingredients, add to egg mixture alternately with buttermilk.

  3. Add vanilla and fold in figs and nuts.

  4. Pour into greased oblong pan and bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or in a well-greased tube or bundt pan at 350 degrees just a little longer.

Recipe courtesy of

Ocracoke Cook Book (“the yellow cookbook’), published by The United Methodist Women of Ocracoke Island, N.C. Buy here

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