Hib cakes

A Taste of Croatia: Hib Cake from Vis

As you drive around the island of Vis, you notice fig trees growing everywhere.
For a fig lover like me it’s paradise but unfortunately it wasn’t fig season when we were on the island!

Thanks heavens I found an excellent substitute……hib cake.

Hib Cake from Vis

Hib cakes


Hib cake is a traditional fig cake from Vis. It is made from a mixture of chopped dried figs, herbal brandy and fennel. This mixture is kneaded into small flat cakes and left to dry in the sun for approximately ten days. A bay leaf and a sprigs of rosemary finish the cake. Many families store a few of the cakes so they can eat them on Christmas Eve and other festive ocasions with a glass of home made herbal brandy. I’m not sure I’d be able to keep it this long!

Though hib cake is from Vis, you can find the cakes throughout southern Croatia

Local food shop Issa in Kut

Local food shop, Issa and the foods and wine they sell.

On Vis, you will find the cake for sale at its own stall near the market on the waterfront and also at Issa, a shop selling local food and wine in Kut.

Don’t miss trying the other local treats that they sell. There’s small biscuits called cvitti that are baked for festive occasions such as weddings, baptisms, first communions, confirmations and Christmas and narancini which are similar to candied orange peel.

Do you like figs. Do you think you’d like hib cake?

Other articles you may enjoy:
Vis: The Best Island in Croatia
4 of the Best Beaches on Vis
My Favourite Places to Eat on Vis

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22 Responses to A Taste of Croatia: Hib Cake from Vis

  1. budget jan June 4, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

    We love figs too! and have been seeing fig cake advertised in places that sell gourmet foods, but not fresh foods. M keeps on saying Yay – fig cake and me saying well it can’t be fresh. Now I know.

    • Jenny Freedman June 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

      When you get to Vis Jan you’ll have to try it. Fresh figs are still in a world of their own but hib cake is delicious too!

  2. Jean | Holy Smithereens June 8, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

    I love fig and would probably like the hib cake (with minimal brandy), I’m so curious as to what it tastes like.

    • Jenny Freedman June 30, 2015 at 11:39 pm #

      It tastes of dried figs Jean. There’s only a drop of brandy in it so I’m sure you’d love it!

  3. Paula McInerney June 9, 2015 at 2:50 am #

    Love figs, love cake ergo I would have to love hib cake 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman June 30, 2015 at 11:01 pm #

      You’d definitely love it Paula! Great for when figs are out of season!

  4. noel June 9, 2015 at 3:31 am #

    I love small food souvenirs like this, I haven’t tried it and it looks yummy!

    • Jenny Freedman June 30, 2015 at 11:03 pm #

      I always buy food related products as souvenirs Noel. This one is delicious!

  5. Jackie Smith June 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    We love figs!!! And this adds to my desire to visit Croatia and spend some time there!

    • Jenny Freedman June 30, 2015 at 11:37 pm #

      It’s definitely a great substitute for when figs aren’t in season Jackie. Croatia is well worth a visit!

  6. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go June 9, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    I also love fresh figs and look forward to eating them while we are in Portugal. Hib cake sounds interesting with its mix of fennel and brandy and I’d love to try it, especially while travelling like you in Croatia!

    • Jenny Freedman June 30, 2015 at 11:25 pm #

      I’m a fig lover too Anita so this fills a need when they’re not in season! You’ll have to head to Croatia one year!

  7. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru June 9, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

    I would be very curious to try hib cake. I am trying to imagine what the combination of flavors must be like! Very interesting!

    • Jenny Freedman June 30, 2015 at 11:21 pm #

      The taste is predominately that of dried figs Betsy with a hint of the spices…Delicious!

  8. Yasha Langford June 10, 2015 at 3:26 am #

    I love figs and I’m sure hib cake would be an experience.

    • Jenny Freedman June 30, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

      Hib Cake is a great alternative when figs are not in season Yasha.

  9. Carole Terwilliger Meyers June 12, 2015 at 4:27 am #

    I’d love to try the traditional fig cake from Vis. I wonder if Hib cake is exported–I’ll keep my eyes open.

    • Jenny Freedman June 30, 2015 at 10:54 pm #

      I’m not sure if it’s exported or not Carole. It is also made in other parts of Croatia so you may be able to pick it up on your travels if you go to other areas of Croatia.

  10. Rhonda Albom June 15, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    Is it sweet, the fennel and rosemary don’t seem to go with sweet fig.

    • Jenny Freedman June 30, 2015 at 11:34 pm #

      The predominant taste is of the dried fig Rhonda with a hint of the brandy.I must admit the fennel is had to pick!

  11. Muza-chan June 18, 2015 at 3:42 pm #


    • Jenny Freedman June 30, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

      It definitely is delicious Lili

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