Cream shortening and sugar together , Add egg , molasses ,and buttermilk . Mix well . Sift flour , baking powder , baking soda ,salt , and ginger together . Add to other mixture . Mix Well . Add vanilla . It makes a dough . Divide dough into 6 or 7 balls . Roll each ball out as for pastry to fit 9-inch cake pan . Bake at 350* for 10 - 12 minutes. When cool , Stack each layer , after spreading old fashioned dried apples , cooked ,sweetened , and spiced .