Mary Bible's Six Layer Apple Stack Cake
2-cups of all purpose flour
3-teaspoon baking powder
11/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shorting
1-cup of milk
Sift all dry ingredients together. Add all other ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
By hand beat 4 minutes. Stop each one minute and scrap the side of the bowl.
If by mixer, beat 30 seconds scrape side of bowel. Beat at high speed three more minutes.
Pour batter in three eight inch greased cake pans.
Bake at 350-F or 177-C degrees 30 to 35 minutes. Insert toothpick in center of cake. If it comes out clean the cake is done.
Turn layers out on a cooling rack. Cool completely. Split layers in half by taking a sewing thread about 18 inches long holding each end. Place thread half way down on back of cake layer. Hold thread tight and pull toward you, bringing the thread through. Now you have six layers.
Separate the layers with the crust side down. Leave them for one hour. Spread apple butter on each layer as they are stacked on top of each other. Frost the cake with apple butter. (If too thin pour the apple butter into a sauce pan. Add two table spoons of corn starch heat until the apple butter is thicker. Let cool before using it.)
Contributed by Dorothy Bible Kawaguchi, author of HER NAME WAS MARY...the story of a mountain woman’s struggle to raise her three children alone, during the Great Depression.