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Stack cake

Stack cake
Apple stack cake
Type Cake
Place of origin United States
Region or state Appalachia
Main ingredients apple preserves, dried apples, or apple butter
 

A stack cake is a unique regional variation that replaces a wedding cake, which can be prohibitively expensive in the economically deprived area of Appalachia, United States. Friends and family each bring a layer for the cake, and the bride's family spreads apple preserves, dried apples, or apple butter between each layer. A stack cake looks like a stack of thick pancakes. It is thought to have originated in the Beaumont Inn of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, by the original settler James Harrod. The greater the number of layers, the more popular the couple is considered.

Many types of cake layer recipes exist from sponge-like layers of cake to cookie dough-like ones; sometimes a stack cake includes many variations and flavors. Stack cake parties that do not involve a wedding occur irregularly but typically serve as a way for people to exchange recipes and gossip. Its use is not limited to Kentucky cuisine but all of Appalachia.

In order to accommodate the typical seven or eight layers, each layer was sometimes pressed very flat. A few of more common flavorings used were sweet sorghum.

Contemporary cuisine

The practice of stack cake in the region has all but disappeared but renditions of the concept are being revived in some haute cuisine restaurants and magazines. It has also been mentioned by magazines such as Martha Stewart Living and Parade.

Sources

  • Kentucky Cuisine
  • Recipe from Marthastewart.com
  • History from Appalachian Heritage
  • NYTimes Article on Layer Cakes

External links

  • Further information on dried apple stack cakes
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