Old-Fashioned Stack Cake with Appalachian Apple Butter Filling

Dee Stillwell Recipe

By Dee Stillwell LILLYDEE

8-10 or 1 - 6 stack - 9" cake
30 Min
10 Min

I found this recipe in my local newspaper, The Sacramento Bee food section last week. I immediatly thought of our stack cake queen, Bea Liles. I haven't made this yet but I hope someone will and give it a review. Altho this recipe calls for dried apples, I see no reason why you couldn't use fresh, and your own recipe for apple butter. Enjoy!
This recipe comes from the September-October issue of Cooking With Paula Deen. According to the magazine, stack cakes were traditional in Southern Appalachia when folks gathered for special occasions. Tradition says the number of layers in a cake was a measure of the popularity of the hosting family. This is a net pic and when someone bakes this, please post your pic to share with us.


1/2 c
vegetable shortening
1/2 c
1/2 c
1/3 c
1 large
egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp
vanilla extract
3 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
ground ginger
1/2 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
pinch of nutmeg
powdered sugar for dusting
4 c
roughly chopped dried apples
3/4 c
dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp
ground ginger
1 tsp
cinnamon, ground
6 c
apple cider (not juice)

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 6 (9-inch) cake pans with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottoms of pans with parchment paper, and spray parchment paper with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, beat shortening and sugar at medium speed with a mixer until creamy. Add buttermilk, molasses, egg and vanilla, beating well.
In a large bowl, combine flour, ginger, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Add shortening mixture, stirring just until combined.
On a lightly floured surface, form dough into a log; cut into six equal portions. Place one portion in each prepared pan, and use fingers to lightly pat dough to edges of pans.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks. Cake will have the consistency of a gingerbread cookie.
Cook time: Depends on how big you want your stack. This recipe makes one 9-inch cake with six stacks. Three stacks were baked simultaneously for 10 to 12 minutes The filling (recipe below) takes about an hour. Allow 24 hours for the cake to chill in the refrigerator.
Make filling: In large saucepan, combine dried fruit and all dry ingredients. Add enough liquid to cover. Bring to a low boil and cook, stirring often, for 45 minutes.
Remove from heat, and let stand for 10 minutes or until cooled slightly. Transfer to the work bowl of a food processor or container of a blender; process until smooth. Use while still warm.
To put cake together, place one cake layer on a serving plate or cake stand; spread with about 3/4 cup warm fruit butter filling.
Repeat procedure with remaining layers and fruit butter filling, stacking each on previous layer. Do not spread fruit butter filling on top layer. Cover and refrigerate cake for at least 24 hours. Just before serving, dust with confectioners' sugar.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Hashtags: #apple, #stack

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Bobbi Jo Dean Bobbijodean
Dec 20, 2014
This is one of the best cakes you will ever eat, my grandfather made this cake for his family so many time. It was one of my favorite thing to eat as I was growing up. So if you like cake and applbuter give this a try you will love it
Straw's Kitchen CinCooks
Sep 7, 2014
Here's some history of the Tres Leches Cake (aka...3-milk cake)
Bea L. BeachChic
Sep 7, 2014
This was a very good cake. Mine looked very similar to Krista's. I didn't make my layers in a frying pan but would think I could use the iron pan my mama used for hoecakes with this same recipe. Hmmm...
Marcia Rucker gmarucker
Sep 7, 2014
It seems like granny fried her stack cakes in a cast iron skillet. But i cant seem to find a recipe for this. All my recipes were lost :-( Does anyone have a recipe to for frying the cakes??
Dee Stillwell LILLYDEE
Sep 27, 2012
I think ur pic is beautiful..that cake looks so mouth watering. yummmm

Yes, please do urself a favor and try a tres leches cake..it took me 60 yrs to finally try one and now I'm sooo hooked.