My mom makes this every Christmas. It's a tradition in our house and now much requested by friends. So since it's in demand by just about everyone we know, she makes 3-4 a year and gives them as gifts. Mom though makes 7 single layer (on the outside bottom of a circular cookie sheet) as a child I was always amazed by this! But this recipe makes 1 cake that is cut into layers. Much easier.
NOTES: You must read through the entire directions and have everything set in the final stages of putting it together. It seems like alot of work because of long directions but it's not complicated. I just talk alot and have a need to explain everything. Cook and prep time does not include refrigeration time of 3-4 hours. Also you see sugar twice in the ing - this is not a mistake you will need these diff measurments.