When Mountain Folk got married everyone in the community baked a layer of cake and covered the top with applesauce. Then they would bring the layer of cake to the wedding. The layers would go into a stack of cake hence the layered wedding cake. A couples popularity was measured on how high their wedding cake was.
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine shortening, sugar molasses and eggs; cream until light and fluffy. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture, blending well. Cover and chill at least an hour.
Divide the dough into 5 parts and pat into 5 well-greased and floured 9 inch cake pans. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool. Spread each layer with applesauce and stack.