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Southern Staple

Updated: Jan 22, 2019

Lord Honey!!!! When talking about southern staple desserts an apple stack cake is always the first on the list. We have so, so many southern fave desserts, but you just can't go wrong with a stack cake. Most southerners can remember there great grandmothers, grandmothers and moms making them, from family get togethers to the Holidays. It truly is a must on every southerners table. An apple stack cake is super moist, tender cake/biscuit, warm spices and those always juicy sweet apples. So today I give you my family favorite "Kentucky Apple Stack Cake". When you make this honey, everyone for miles around will be gathering into your house like cats in the barn.

Kentucky Apple Stack Cake

Jason Smith, FNS

Serves 10-12


12 ounces dried apples

¼-cup butter

½-cup white sugar

¾-cup brown sugar

3-tsp cinnamon

1-tso nutmeg

Pinch ground cloves

Cake Batter:

1-cup white sugar

½-cup butter, room temp

½-cup shortening

1-cup molasses


1-tsp ground ginger

1-sp cinnamon

½-tsp nutmeg

¼-tsp ground cloves

2-tsp vanilla

4-cups all-purpose flour

1-tsp baking powder

½-tsp baking soda

1-cup buttermilk


· In a large stew pot place the apples and cover with water, cook covered for 30 mins on medium heat, then add the butter, spices and sugar, stir, continue cooking on medium low until apples are broken down and real thick, this will take about an hour, stirring often to keep from sticking.

· Preheat oven to 350, spray three 8 inch round pans.

· In the bowl of stand mixer place the shortening, butter and sugar whip till fluffy.

· Add the molasses, vanilla and eggs, stir together.

· Sift the flour, spices, baking powder and soda together.

· Add half the flour, stir, then add half the milk, then rest of flour and then rest of milk.

· Using a 2 ounce scoop place four scoops of dough in each pan, spread out even.

· Bake for 15 mins, remove and turn out onto wax paper or paper plates and let cool.

· Repeat with the last of batter.

· When cakes are completely cooled, place one layer on serving try, ladle 6 ounces apples over cake and spread to cover, then cake then apples until all cakes are gone, top off with apples.

· Wrap and place in fridge over night or for at least 24 hours to soak.

Tip: If you can’t find dried apples you can use 4 cans apple sauce in place of apples.


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Oh thank you for this apple stack cake recipe. My daddy grew up in East Tennessee and has talked about this cake for as long as I can remember. I’ve tried to make it but it wasn’t the same. I’ll be making this for him soon!

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