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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Appalachian Stack Cake

I attempted to make an old fashioned applesauce stack cake to take to our family reunion. This was only the second time I had ever made this cake. I don't have my grandma's recipe, so I just put together my own recipe from others I had.
There aren't many ingredients. 
I think this is why the cake was popular in the old days.
It took a few simple ingredients that they already had on hand.
My grandmother made this cake all the time.
I have many memories of walking  in the back door of the kitchen
and her slicing me a piece of this cake.
My Aunt once told me that if Grandma didn't have applesauce, 
she would put apple butter or jelly in-between the layers.

1 cup sugar, 3/4 cup shortening, 3 eggs, 2 tsp. vanilla, 1 cup buttermilk, 4 1/2 cups flour, 2 tsp. ginger
(48 oz jar of applesauce, 3/4 tsp. allspice, 3/4 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp cinnamon)

Cream 3/4 cup shortening and 1 cup of sugar

Add 3ggs, beat well. Add 2 tsp vanilla and 1 cup of buttermilk.
(I did not use a mixer, I did all my mixing by hand)

Add 4 1/2 cups flour and 2 tsp. of ginger.

This would normally make around 8 layers, but I made my layers smaller than usual.
With my hand, I made the dough into 10 balls and patted them out by hand onto floured wax paper.
I greased the bottom of a pie plate. It measured around 7" inside the pie plate. 
Place the floured circle of dough inside and pat it out to fit.
Cook in 375 degree oven until golden  brown (around 15 minutes or so)
(For larger layers, you could use a 9" cake pan.
You can turn the cake pans upside down and put the dough on the bottom
of the greased pan. This way, it will easily slide right off after baking.)

Stack the baked layers and place a generous amount of the applesauce mixture in-between each layer.
Some recipes say to let them cool before stacking. I didn't.
Poke toothpicks in the top, cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator.
It is better after setting for a couple of days.
It gets moister the more it sets.

 I also put the applesauce mixture on the top.
Many recipes tell you not to do this.
Well, I had to be different. I figured the more applesauce the better.

What would Grandma say? 
"Well honey, at least you tried."

Seriously, it turned out pretty good.
Give it a try sometime, it is not all that hard.

Do you remember your grandma making these cakes?


  1. This looks delicious and no, I've never eaten any cake like it. We make a cake using chopped raw apples and nuts which is very moist. You were so fortunate to be able to visit your grandma and have her share her cake with you. I really never had much closeness with my grandmothers. So sad!

  2. My grandmother made these and I remember the apple filling looking dark. I think she might have used apple butter. They were really moist and good.

  3. No, I don't remember ever eating an applesauce cake. I would love to take a taste though.

  4. This looks delish! My grandfather did the cooking back in the day. For awhile he and my grandmother owned a small diner in New Hampshire, and he did all the cooking, while she was the hostess and waitress.

  5. Oh Janet! That's making me crave one of those yummy cakes. I've even made it with homemade strawberry jam between the layers. Just heavenly!

  6. A million thanks Janet for the recipe and the pictures! I just know my husband will love it. He loves apple anything. It sounds so good, it was so kind of you to share the recipe. I can't wait to try it. I'll let you know how it comes out! I hope you had a great time at the family reunion. Delisa :)

  7. I make fresh apple cake, but I've never heard of a cake like this. My grandmother made orange cake. She made a white cake and mixed thawed frozen orange juice concentrate with powdered sugar for the glaze. She poked holes with a fork on each layer and the sweet orange glaze was everywhere. It was yummy. I've tried to make it more than once and failed. Maybe I'll try again this summer.

  8. I've never heard of an Appalachian Stack Cake but I suppose that's no suprise. Wyoming is a LOOOOONG way from the Appalachians. However, it looks delicious and it will be fun to try something different.

  9. Looks just like Grannys-and I bet it tastes as good too : )

  10. I ran across your blog because I suddenly thought of my Kentucky born grandma's applesauce stack cakes. I remember how delicious I thought they were. I'd love to duplicate the cakes she made and I think your recipe might be the one.


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