Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease and flour six 8-inch pans.
In a large bowl, mix
together white sugar, shortening, eggs, soda, baking powder, flour,
salt, buttermilk, and vanilla. Batter will be thick. Divide batter into 6
equal parts and press into prepared pans.
Bake layers in
preheated oven until edges are golden and tops spring back when touched
lightly with a fingertip, about 10 minutes.
To Make Filling:
Combine dried apples and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over
medium-high heat. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until apples are
tender, about 25 minutes. Stir occasionally; add more water if needed to
prevent sticking. Alternately, remove lid from pan if mixture is too
wet. Remove from heat; mash apples slightly.
Stir in the brown
sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Lay 1 cake layer on a plate or
platter and spread filling on top. Repeat with remaining layers,
finishing by spreading filling on the top and sides of the cake. Top
cake with waxed paper and wrap in plastic wrap. Let stand at least 12
hours before cutting.