Irish Apple Cake

A sweet ending to your St. Patrick’s Day feast, Irish Apple Cake!

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From The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook~

 Irish Apple Cake for St. Patrick’s Day or

with your morning coffee or afternoon cuppa!

Apples have been grown in Ireland for centuries–legend has it that St. Patrick planted an apple tree in an ancient settlement outside Armagh city. Today County Armagh is known as “Orchard County” and celebrates its apples with festivals and apple-blossom tours.

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Irish Apple Cake, serves 8

Cake Ingredients

2 large cooking apples, such as Granny Smith

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1/2 cup superfine sugar (or same amount of granulated sugar processed in a food processor for 1 minute)

2 eggs

1-2 tablespoons milk

confectioners’ sugar for dusting

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Streusel Topping Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour

6 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup superfine sugar

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9- inch round springform pan with cooking spray.

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To make the streusel topping, sift flour into a bowl and cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles crumbs. Stir in sugar and reserve.

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Peel, core, and thinly slice apples. To make the cake, sift the flour into a bowl with the baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Place the butter and superfine sugar in a separate bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in eggs, adding a little flour mixture with the last addition of egg. Gently fold in half of the remaining flour mixture, then fold in the rest with the milk.

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Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. (Batter will be thick). Cover with the sliced apples and sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the top. Bake  for 1 hour or until browned and firm to the touch. Let cool in pan before removing the sides. Dust cake with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

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Best served warm from the oven or reheated!

*Next time I would use 3 apples and add some nuts and a wee bit of cinnamon to the streusel topping.

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  52 comments for “Irish Apple Cake

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    March 4, 2013 at 5:40 am

    This looks like a great cake Mary, wish I had a piece for breakfast! Have a fun week:@)

  2. Frannie Meshorer
    March 4, 2013 at 6:05 am

    OHHHHHHH YUMMMMMMM !!!!!!!!!!!

  3. March 4, 2013 at 6:07 am

    This looks like my kind of cake, Mary. Wish I had some for my morning cuppa.

  4. March 4, 2013 at 6:51 am

    On the top ‘o the list for something I want to make if I ever have my kitchen back for cooking purposes. I pinned this one. I make something similar but it has cream cheese in it. This looks just different enough for me to try.

  5. March 4, 2013 at 7:02 am

    I love apple cake. I’m going to have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day feast following all your recipes!

  6. MaryJo
    March 4, 2013 at 7:06 am

    That would be lovely for breakfast!

  7. March 4, 2013 at 7:07 am

    I always get lost in your pristine photos… Such symmetry, crisp and clean. Love when you post, I know I am heading to happy~

  8. March 4, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Yummy for the tummy. I’ve bookmarked this recipe, Mary! :D

  9. March 4, 2013 at 8:36 am

    thank you for offering this cookbook, perfect for saint patricks day! I love your blog, photography is always beautiful. I am in the market for a new camera, and am wondering what you use and what you suggest?

  10. ~Paula~
    March 4, 2013 at 8:53 am

    wISH I had a slice of that right now! Looks wonderful !!

  11. March 4, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I have been looking for a great dessert to serve at the St. Patty’s Day Birthday…and this is it!…Thanks Mary!…it looks wonderful!!

  12. March 4, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Yum, Yum, Yum!!!!! Pretty presentation. I love the Irish scene in your pretty mosiac.

  13. Cheryl
    March 4, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Just introduced my daughter to your blog. She is really enjoying all your photos. Today’s photos are great! That cake looks wonderful. Can’t wait to try this one!

  14. March 4, 2013 at 9:56 am

    now, that looks like my kind of cake… your photos make my mouth water.. xo marlis

  15. March 4, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Mmmmm, I can almost taste it! Thank you for sharing the recipe :-)

  16. March 4, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I can almost smell this cake through my computer screen. Yum. Have a good week! xo

  17. Tree
    March 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Oh, looks delicious! Would love the cookbook for my mother whose parents came over from Ireland!

  18. ERIKA
    March 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Beautiful.. looks great.

  19. March 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I am copying this over to try. It sounds WONDERFUL!!! xo Diana

  20. March 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    It looks wonderful! I just bought apples to try another new recipe. Now I am torn.
    Mary, the layout of this post is outstanding!

  21. March 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Oh this looks SO ghood. I love anything apple. It would be fabulous for breakfast, I am going to try this one too. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipes. Your pictures are beautiful as always. I left a comment for the cookbook awhile back. I guess you don’t mean to leave another one. XO, Pinky

  22. March 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Goodness Mary, but that cake looks wonderful. It would be a perfect ending to my St. Paddy’s Day meal.

  23. March 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    That sounds delicious, Mary!

    Many years ago, around the mid-80’s, I found a recipe for a delicious apple-almond cake in an ad for Helsman’s (sp?) Mayonnaise in a Southern Living Magazine. I made the cake dozens of times and everyone loved it. Unfortunately, I lost the recipe when we had the fire and although I sorta remember the ingredients and amounts, it has never turned out the same when I try to reproduce it. I have contacted the company and no one there seems to remember the ad and was told they don’t keep files of their old ads (huh?) which seems strange to me…anyway, the recipe, of course, calls for mayo. Sure wish I could find it again, because although the ones I’ve come up with are good , they aren’t as good or as moist as I remember that original one!

  24. March 6, 2013 at 12:14 am

    This looks so delicious and I have all of the ingredients on hand. I like the idea of adding cinnamon and pecans.

  25. March 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I start to salivate every time I see an apple dessert! I don’t know what it is about them. This one looks like perfection!

  26. March 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Delightful looking & I bet it tastes even better, Mary! Love, love, LOVE all your Irish postings this month. I even saved that last collage as my computer’s desktop background, so I could enjoy them all month long.
    You always so such a nice job of explaining & presenting things so beautifully. Must be genetic!


  27. March 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Oh, this looks so delicious.. I’ll be trying this recipe. Please count me in for the giveaway… Your Blog is so beautiful, such a pleasure to visit…

  28. March 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Hi! Trying to get in touch with you to ask to use this recipe on a blog for my CSA members to use for their apples this week. It can be found at I will take it down if you would like. Great recipe, Great photo!

    • March 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      No problem with a link back, thanks!

  29. March 8, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    What a beautiful blog you have, I love your photo’s and the cake looks so pretty, almost to pretty to eat. I pinned this recipe and going to make this asap. Andi

  30. March 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Great photos! Love the recipe, too! This would be an excellent dessert on St. Paddy’s Day.

  31. March 9, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Mary, I can’t believe I missed this one. I’ve been craving some apple pie. Wish this were sitting in my kitchen. Guess I need to bake tomorrow. ‘-)

  32. March 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I’m sure by now there’s not a crumb left of your cake, so I guess I’ll have to make one. :) This looks so delicious. I’m headed to the store tomorrow for Granny Smiths to make it. Wish I had a piece right now with my tea.

  33. lee lounsbury
    March 10, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe. this apple cake reminds me of a cake my grandmother from ballymote in county sligo, ireland used to make. It is also scrumptious with a dollop of whipped cream! (Perfect forbreakfast, lunch or dinner) what a beautiful cookbook….makes me long for the “auld sod”…. funny…i’m suddenly overcome with an urge to make a pot of tea…

  34. March 10, 2013 at 11:40 am

    This looks wonderful.

    – The Tablescaper

  35. March 13, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Oh, yummmm!

  36. March 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    This cake looks so tasty! I love the recipe xxx

  37. February 27, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Looks wonderful! I will try it soon! Never too much cinnamon in streusel! :)
    I just realized I commented on this last year! Still looks good! :)

  38. March 8, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I love apples and this looks so easy. I’ll have to give it a go! YUM!

  39. Anna Marie
    August 20, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    The pics looked awesome, was a little disappointed in the cake. Even used Irish Butter to make it more authentic. I believe 400 degrees for one hour was a bit long. So next time 375 degrees for 45 minutes should be perfect! Wasn’t overly flavorful!

  40. Cindi Hodges
    March 13, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    I have been following your blog for several years and love the inspiration and recipes. I am wondering if there is a way to print out any of your wonderful recipes? I find it a challenge to make the recipes without a copy of it in front of me. Thank you so much!

    • March 14, 2016 at 4:57 am

      Hi, Yes Cindi, There is a link for a printable version on most of my recipes. Look for it at the bottom of the page :)

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