Old Fashioned Stack Cake Recipe
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 2 (6 ounce) packages dried mixed fruit
- ground cinnamon to taste
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg (or to taste)
- salt to taste
step 1: In a medium bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Make a well in the center of the mixture and pour in the eggs, vanilla extract and butter. Using the fingers, mix well, until a firm dough has formed. Wrap in a clean tea towel and chill in the refrigerator 8 to 12 hours, or overnight.
step 2: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Turn a 9 inch round baking dish upside down, and lightly grease the surface.
step 3: Pinch off a portion of the dough and roll out into a 9 inch circle approximately 1/3 inch thick. Continue this process with all the dough, making 5 to 7 layers.
step 4: Bake each layer individually in the preheated oven 8 minutes, or until lightly brown.
step 5: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, place the dried fruit in enough water to cover. Cook until soft and spreadable, but not runny, about 20 minutes.
step 6: Drain the fruit well. Mix in the cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
step 7: Stack the layers, spreading equal portions of the fruit mixture between each layer and on top of the final layer. Chill in the refrigerator 8 to 12 hours, or overnight.