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RECIPE SUBMITTED BY Jewell Connor Lilly
My Grandma (Beckley WV) used to make these Apple Stack Cakes:
Note: This cake has six layers, each baked individually. If you have a large oven and a large pan collection, you can bake them all at once. Otherwise, I’ve written the recipe based on the assumption that you’ll be using three pans and baking the layers in two phases (you can also use two pans and bake in three phases).

Equipment: At least 2 standard 9-inch cake pans, preferably 3 (see Note); offset spatula

APPLE STACK CAKE

Ingredients

1 cup (210 g) granulated sugar
3/4 cup (175 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
16 tablespoons (2 sticks; 227 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing pan
5 1/2 cups (780 g) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting pan
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup (160 ml) buttermilk
2 extra-large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups (600 ml) apple butter (see Apple Notes)
Confectioners’ sugar for garnish 

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and set a rack to the middle position. Butter and flour the cake pans (see Note). In the bowl of a standing mixer (or using a hand-held mixer), cream the sugar, brown sugar, and butter together at medium speed until quite fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla.

2. Add a third of the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture and mix just to combine at medium-low speed. Add half of the buttermilk mixture and mix just to combine. Repeat, adding another third of the flour mixture, then the remaining buttermilk mixture, then the remaining flour mixture.

3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, knead four times to bring it all together, then roll into an even cylinder about 18 inches long. Cut the cylinder into six equal parts (each 3 inches long), then press each part into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to a day.

4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one disk of dough to a 10-inch circle (use a light sprinkling of flour if it begins to stick). Using a cake pan as your guide, trim the dough into a perfect 9-inch circle, then lay it in a pan to bake. Repeat with two more pieces of dough. Bake all three, rotating the pans halfway through, until the layers are lightly golden and just beginning to pull away from the sides, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool the pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove the layers and set aside.When the pans are cool, butter and flour them once more and repeat the rolling, cutting, and baking with the other three dough rounds.

5. Assemble the cake: Choose your prettiest, smoothest “top” layer and set it aside. Choose your bottom layer and use an offset spatula to spread 1/2 cup apple butter over the top, all the way to the edges. Top with another cake layer and another 1/2 cup topping. Repeat three more times, then top with the prettiest layer. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours, then sprinkle the top with confectioners’ sugar, cut into thin slices, and serve.

 

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