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Tennessee: Mountain Stack Cake

The Tennessee Mountain Stack Cake is a thin, multilayered cake with a dried apple filling between the layers. This is no easy cake to bake, as it requires rolling out the dough into cookie-thin disks. When the entire cake is assembled, it must be chilled for 24 hours so the apple juices soak into the cake.

The labor was originally divided between the women in the community, as the stack cake was the traditional wedding cake in the Appalachian mountain range. Each neighbor brought a layer of cake, and it was said that the more layers of cake the bride had, the more popular she was.