In response to my recent columns on fig recipes, Elizabeth Killian of Clover, S.C., shared her favorite recipe: Fabulous Fig Cake.
“You don’t know it’s figs,” Killian said of the moist cake made with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. “Some people don’t eat figs, but they love it.”
Killian’s recipe is very similar to Ocracoke Fig Cake recipe that ran in the paper five years ago. Fig trees grow very well on the Outer Banks, making it a popular dessert on the state’s barrier islands. This style of cake is similar to jam cake, which is popular throughout the South.
Killian added that the cake is very adaptable. Sometimes she uses pear preserves. Sometimes she adds chopped pineapple. This cake can be made in a tube pan or, as Killian does, in a 9-inch-by-13-inch pan. The recipe shares instructions for both baking dishes.
In her note sharing the recipe, Killian wrote: “This is one of my son’s favorites.”
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