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Ingredients

Cake
Assembly

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9-by-3-inch springform pan and line with parchment. Butter parchment. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and 3/4 cup granulated sugar in a bowl. Whisk together butter, egg yolks, and milk in another bowl. Whisk flour mixture into yolk mixture until smooth.

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  • Beat egg whites with a mixer on high speed until frothy. Add cream of tartar and continue to beat until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. Gradually add remaining 3/4 cup granulated sugar and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 3 minutes. Whisk one-third of white mixture into yolk mixture. Gently but thoroughly fold in remaining white mixture.

  • Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake until top of cake springs back when lightly touched, 50 to 55 minutes. Slide a paring knife around edge of cake to loosen; release cake from pan. Let cake cool 15 minutes on pan base on a wire rack. Invert cake onto wire rack; remove pan base and parchment. Turn cake top-side up onto rack and let cool completely.

  • Assembly: With a serrated knife, split cake horizontally into 4 layers. Transfer bottom layer to a cake plate or platter. Spread with 1 cup apple butter. Add second layer; spread with 1 cup apple butter. Repeat with third layer and remaining 1 cup apple butter. Top with fourth cake layer, domed-side up. Filled cake can be stored in refrigerator up to overnight.

  • Beat cream and confectioners' sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes. Dollop on top of cake. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

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