This recipe is a classic frosted Fig Cake from Ocracoke, NC - I believe this particular one is the O'Neal recipe, one of the oldest names on the island. The only notable difference is that this recipe uses 1 1/2 cups of fig preserves and 1/2 cup of applesauce, and the authentic fig cakes use 2 cups of fig preserves and omit applesauce. They serve this style of fig cake at Back Porch Restaurant on the island, but you can also get naked fig cake slices at The Fig Tree and at Ocracoke Fish House, the latter is a Gaskins recipe and the best cake on the island in my opinion. It's even better if you eat it under one of the island's massive fig trees and appreciate exactly where those figs came from. Stop by the museum for a jar of fig preserves and make this cake for yourself. I spent one day of my vacation there tracking down and rating the fig cake I came across on the island and hunting down those delicious fig preserves. Beware the fig cake recipes you come across in the cookbooks for sale down there - they only call for 1 cup of preserves, and the best recipes always use 2 cups to keep the cakes nice and moist.