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Grandma Buchanan's Stack Cake Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Peggy & Sue's memories - no written recipe

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
3/4 cup shortening
4 cups plain flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 large beaten eggs
1 cup molasses

Directions:
Directions:
Cut shortening into mixture of the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, soda, baking powder and spices. Mix together and add the cut-in mixture to the buttermilk, beaten eggs and molasses. Mix by hand to make easy handling dough. Put out on surface and knead in flour until the consistency of biscuit dough. Pat out a small amount, about small biscuit size. Put in well-greased and floured pans, with fingers push to sides. Bake at 400 for 10 to 12 minutes or until brown as you like. Put layers together with cooked, mashed, dried apples. The thinner the layers the better the cake; usually 7 - 8 layers. Better when aged a day in a cool place, wrapped in foil.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
We don't have the exact recipe that Grandma used. This is very close. She made a 7-layer stack cake, with her own dried apple filling. Dusted it with confectionery sugar. This cake was one of the best memories of Grandma's house - the smell from the kitchen when she made her 7-layer stack cake. We usually cracked the walnuts too, after picking them up from under the walnut tree. Grandma used to dry her apples on the tin roof of the water cistern at the back of the house. We kids couldn't resist a handful every chance we got. We used to sneak into her "derry" too and eat goodies from there - apples, pears, or whatever looked good. Years later, my son Chad remembers strawberries at the edge of her garden. Every generation has warm memories of Grandma's house. Karen remembers a clock with a horse on it. She tried to ride it when she was small. Mom would scold her but Grandma just laughed.

 

 

 

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