How To Make Four-Layer Appalachian Stack Cake
This four-layer stack cake is flavored with ginger, molasses, and cloves then stuffed with a filling of dried apples and cider.
- 5cupsapples,(about ¾ lbs), dried
- 5cupsapple cider
- 1cupgranulated sugar
- 1cupunsalted butter
- 3cupsall-purpose flour,sifted
- 1tspbaking soda
- 1tspground ginger
- tspground cloves
- confectioners’ sugar
Bring apples and cider to a boil in a large pot. Reduce to a simmer; cook for 40 to 50 minutes, stirring occasionally, until apples begin to soften and liquid has reduced.
Add 1 cup water; cook, mashing apples slightly, until liquid has reduced, about 10 minutes. Add ⅔ cup granulated sugar and half a cup water; simmer for about 15 minutes until apples are very soft and coated in syrup. Let cool completely.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter two 9-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper, and butter parchment. Dust with flour; tap out excess. Set aside.
Put butter and the remaining cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until creamy.
Reduce speed to low; mix in egg, molasses, buttermilk, baking soda, flour, spices, and salt. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans.
Bake for about 35 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into centers comes out clean and tops spring back when lightly touched.
Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife around edges of pans to loosen; invert to unmold. Remove parchment; reinvert onto racks. Let cool.
Using a long serrated knife, cut each cake in half horizontally. Place 1 bottom layer on a serving platter. Top with ⅓ of the apple mixture, spreading to edges.
Stack 1 top layer on top of apples, and top with another ⅓ of the apple mixture. Repeat with remaining cake bottom and apples, and top with remaining cake top.
Let stand at room temperature at least 1 hour before serving. Sift confectioners’ sugar over top of cake.
- Calories: 594.25kcal
- Fat: 19.85g
- Saturated Fat: 12.09g
- Trans Fat: 0.75g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 5.08g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.07g
- Carbohydrates: 101.00g
- Fiber: 2.82g
- Sugar: 67.85g
- Protein: 5.83g
- Cholesterol: 68.39mg
- Sodium: 319.21mg
- Calcium: 129.37mg
- Potassium: 776.18mg
- Iron: 3.78mg
- Vitamin A: 168.39µg
- Vitamin C: 3.87mg
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