Mom's Apple Stack Cake

Recipe Rating:
 2 Ratings
Serves: 8-10
Cooking Method: Bake


1/2 c criscoe shortening
1/2 c sugar
1/3 c molasses
1/2 c buttermilk
2 eggs
31/2 c all purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
powdered sugar
1 lb granny smith apples

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debra russell Recipe
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Member Since Nov 2011
debra's notes for this recipe:
AS a child I always called my grandma Mom. She made Apple Stack Cakes, they were a tradition in Applachian states,back in the old days they were brought to weddings. It brings back such sweet memories. I had to use someone else's photo for this recipe.
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray six 9-inch cake pans with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottoms of pans with parchment paper, and spray parchment paper with cooking spray.

2. Using an electric mixer, beat shortening and sugar until creamy. Add buttermilk, molasses, egg and vanilla, beating well.

3. Combine flour, ginger, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Add shortening mixture, stirring just until combined.
Stir well, and roll out dough as you would for a piecrust. Cut to fit 9-inch pan or cast-iron skillet (this amount of dough will make 7 layers). Bake layers for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. When cool, stack layers with spiced, sweetened old-fashioned dried apples. (See recipe below.) Spread between layers and smooth around sides and top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Prepare cake at least a day before serving it and put in refrigerator (it will keep several days, if necessary, in a cool place). To serve, slice into very thin layers.
Put 1 pound apples in heavy pan and cover with cold water. You may need to add water several times to keep apples from sticking to pan. Cook until soft enough to mash. While still hot, mash apples and add 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup white sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ΒΌ teaspoon cloves, and 1 teaspoon allspice.
Dust with powdered sugar.

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user shirley terhaar shirlann54 - Nov 7, 2012
I love apple stack cakes .My mamaw Flurry woodall made these .Were from East Bernstadt Kentucky.I did read this too about the wedding cake. were the family would each bring a layer of of this cake and someone would bring the cooked apples and make the wedding cake.Thank you .I need this recipe because we can't find my mamaws recipe .

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