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Old-Fashioned Stack Cakes

My grandmother has always fixed these at Christmas and they are the first thing everyone asks about. "Where is the stack cake?" The super thin layers are what make this recipe stand out...delicious! —Stephanie Gilbert, Whitesburg, Kentucky
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    3 stack cakes (6 slices each)


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups apple butter
  • Additional apple butter, optional


  • Preheat oven to 450°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, ginger, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with molasses and buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  • Drop two scant 1/4 cupfuls of batter, at least 7 in. apart, onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. With well-floured fingers, pat each into a 5- to 6-in. circle. Bake 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.
  • To assemble, place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 2 tablespoons apple butter. Repeat layers four times; top with a sixth layer. Repeat to make two more stack cakes. Refrigerate, covered, until serving. If desired, serve with additional apple butter.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 280 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 343mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • Linda
    Feb 19, 2019

    I have searched for this cake for 60 years. No one knew what I was talking about when I mentioned my grandma's spice cake with applesauce between the layers. Can't wait to try this one!!! I was 11 when she passed but I remember eating this at her house and it was delicious!!

  • Nasho22
    Sep 28, 2013

    not quite the same recipe as the ones from farther south. i don't care for apple butter at all, so it was simply..ok..i will post the recipe from Tennessee as soon as i get back there to retrieve it from my moms.