9/12/09

10 layer cake

About ten years ago a good friend of mine from the deep South was looking for a 10-12 layer cake just like her Grandma and Mother used to make. It was a spice cake with applesauce or apple butter between the layers. The internet was in its baby stages and it wasn't as easy to find information at the time. We looked online and in the end I went through a good number of my old cookbooks from the 30's through the 70's looking for it. While I found many recipes that looked delicious we didn't find the correct one at the time, but her Aunt came through at the last second and she not only found the recipe but made it for her Mom for Mother's Day that year.

Now days, you can find numerous versions of that recipe and others! This is another layer cake with 10-12 layers. Not apple... not spice... but chocolate, which will make many of my readers happy!


Ten Layer Cake

6 eggs
1 c milk
1 1/2 c sugar
3 cups self rising flour
1 c shortening
1 t vanilla extract

Combine eggs, sugar, flour, shortening, milk and vanilla in large mixer bowl. Beat well. Pour 5 tablespoons batter into each of 10 greased and floured 9 inch round cake pans. You can bake 2 or 3 at a time and cool and wipe out between uses. Bake at 400° for 4 to 5 min. or until light brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Spread frosting between layers and over top of cake.

Frosting

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
5 c granulated sugar
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
3/4 c butter softened
1/2 cold water

Combine chocolate, water, sugar, evaporated milk and butter in a sauce pan. Mix well. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 min. Stirring constantly.
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