Apple-Ginger Stack Cake

Perfect for casual celebrations, this recipe will serve you well throughout the fall and winter months.

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Perfect for casual celebrations, this recipe will serve you well throughout the fall and winter months.


Ginger cake

  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ cup cake flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup nonfat buttermilk
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for garnish
  • 2 apples, 1 red, 1 green, thinly sliced

Apple filling

  • 5 cups sweet cider
  • 4 cups dried apples, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 3 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray, and line with parchment paper circles. Spray circles with cooking spray.

2. To make Ginger Cake: Whisk together whole-wheat pastry flour, cake flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in bowl. Whisk together buttermilk and molasses in separate bowl. Whisk oil, egg, egg whites, and ginger into buttermilk mixture. Fold buttermilk mixture into flour mixture until just combined. Divide batter among prepared pans, and bake 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in cake centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 5 minutes, then cool completely on wire racks.

3. To make Apple Filling: Bring all ingredients to a boil in saucepan over medium heat. Simmer 1 hour, or until apples are jammy and a little syrup remains in pan, stirring occasionally. Cool.

4. Place one cake layer on serving plate. Spread with half of Apple Filling. Repeat process with second cake layer and top with third layer. Wrap cake in wax paper and then foil to seal, and refrigerate 6 hours, or overnight.

5. Arrange alternating red and green apple slices in a pinwheel “flower” pattern on top of cake, then dust top of cake with confectioners’ sugar.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size Serves 12
  • Calories 396
  • Carbohydrate Content 85 g
  • Cholesterol Content 18 mg
  • Fat Content 5 g
  • Fiber Content 4 g
  • Protein Content 4 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Sodium Content 331 mg
  • Sugar Content 60 g
  • Trans Fat Content 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat Content 0 g