Tennessee Apple Stack Cake

Apple Stack Cake
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  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 1 Cake (12 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
365 Calories
13g Fat
59g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 Cake (12 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 365
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 319mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 22%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 4g
Calcium 129mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is an old fashioned mountain stack cake recipe. The dried apples are cooked with spices and brown sugar, making a delicious filling for the cake layers.


  • 3 packages dried apples (6 oz each)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 cup whipping cream (whipped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Place dried apples in a saucepan; add water to cover.

  2. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender.

  3. Drain and mash apples. Stir in brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, cloves, and allspice; set aside.

  4. Beat shortening at medium speed of an electric mixer until light; gradually beat in the sugar.

  5. Continue beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

  6. Stir in milk and molasses.

  7. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt and remaining 1 teaspoon ginger; gradually add to creamed mixture, beating until mixture forms a stiff dough.

  8. Divide dough into 8 equal portions; cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours.

  9. Pat each portion of dough into an 8-inch circle on greased baking sheets.

  10. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully remove layers to wire racks; cool completely. Stack layers, spreading equal portions of reserved apple mixture between layers.

  11. Cover and chill for 8 hours.

Spread whipped cream or whipped topping over top of cake before serving.