4 Old-Fashioned Dessert Recipes to Spark Nostalgia

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Apple Stack Cake

These old-fashioned dessert recipes spark a bit of nostalgia, giving trendy options space to step aside. Newer is not always better. And older is sometimes a bit wacky!

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Apple Stack Cake

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Though a bit time-consuming to assemble, Old-Fashioned Apple Stack Cake is quite easy to make. I’ve noticed some very high-end gourmet catalogs offering this elegant-looking cake recently. This apple version is similar to an East Tennessee heirloom recipe. I’ve seen some old-time recipes that use dried apples for the filling. This one uses applesauce instead. The filling is similar to apple butter in texture but has a lighter flavor. This cake is pretty enough for company dessert, but I like it for breakfast too, as it pairs nicely with a cup of coffee or tea. And it looks impressive on a brunch buffet. It’s fun to cut into this unique offering to show off the pretty layers.

Remember to allow plenty of time for this cake. Though it has simple steps, they require time and patience. It needs to rest overnight in the refrigerator. This allows the cake to become very moist. I love a dollop of whipped cream on top. A dash of nutmeg sets it off.

See more: Fall Flavors, Seasonal Recipes

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  1. Carolyn Finchum

    August 21, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Your recipe in Fall 2019 issue is confusing.
    The Strawberry Pretzel Salad recipe calls for only 2 oz. of strawberries.
    What is the correct amount?

    • Catherine Shortt

      September 3, 2019 at 11:01 am

      I also have this recipe and it calls for two 10-ounce pkgs. of frozen strawberries.

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