This cake is from the Smoky Mountain region, where the principal sweetening ingredient
in use is still molasses.
- 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup molasses
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- Confectioners' sugar
- Sift together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
- Work shortening until soft. Add sugar a little at a time while creaming
- Mix in molasses thoroughly, then beat in the eggs, one at a time.
- Stir in flour combination and milk alternately.
- Spoon a thin layer of batter,
about 1/3 inch, into greased 9-inch cake pans.
- Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until cake
pulls away from sides of pan. There will be six or seven thin layers of cake.
- When all layers are baked and cooled, stack with a generous amount of lightly
spiced applesauce between each layer.
- Sprinkle confectioners' sugar on top.