“Christmas was a big time for us. We would make stack cakes. They would be in real thin layers and we would get dried fruit, cook it, and put it in between the layers. My mother would stack them up and put them in a high lard can. She’d close them up until Christmas. They were better—moister—after they had set awhile. Mama would bake about four or five of these cakes at Christmas if relatives were coming. And there would be stalks of bananas hung in the closet at Christmas.”
—Lilian Stiner – “A Foxfire Christmas”
Times have certainly changed. Not many folks go to the trouble of making stack cakes these days and bananas are common in most kitchens year round.