Appalachian stack cake
and I got married,
Mark's family kept saying that they wanted to bring a stack cake to our
wedding. We both looked at them in confusion since neither of us
like apple butter, and we instead ended up with the most delicious and
beautiful cake known to man (thanks, Sheila!)
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Years later, Mark's mom
sent me the following email, and suddenly the obsession with stack
cakes made sense:
This is the
old apple stack cake, also known as the Appalachian wedding cake.
Years ago, people would come to a wedding and it was a tradition, the
guest would bring one layer of the cake, baked very thin, like with
molasses, ginger, etc. It would be real dry, could travel without ruin.
Then the hostess would put them all together with apple butter, between
each layer, so the more layers meant that the bride & groom were
that well known.
This is Mom's favorite cake. I
was able to bake one this year, wanted to share with you how pretty it
came out. I am freezing part of it, so you and Mark can taste
it. Yum yum. This one is 12 layers.
Now that the tradition
has been explained to me, I almost wish we'd gone old-fashioned and had
each of our guests bring a layer to our wedding. Doesn't a stack
cake sound like a fun center-piece for a potluck, but perhaps with
chocolate cakes instead of apple? Or maybe with any cake that
goes well with chocolate frosting?
Thanks for the beautiful
photos and for not minding our cluelessness, Rose Nell! We're
looking forward to tasting such a traditional cake.