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Irish Apple Cake

This ultimate Irish Apple Cake recipe is a family favourite, not only on St. Patrick's Day, but year round. A delicious moist cake made with granny smith apples
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Cool 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Canadian, irish
Servings 10 people
Calories 413 kcal



  • 3 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp of ground ginger nutmeg, and allspice
  • 3/4 Cup unsalted butter cold, diced into small pieces
  • 1 Cup and 2 Tbsp sugar divided
  • 1 1/2 lbs of granny smith apples 5 med
  • 3/4 Cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Butter and flour a 9-inch spring form pan then set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, nutmeg and allspice for about 20 seconds.
  • Add the cut butter pieces and rub them into the mixture using your fingertips until it looks like fine crumbs.
  • Stir in 1 Cup sugar.
  • Peel apples, slice in half, core and stem, layer apples on flat side, slice downward into pieces less than 1/4 inch thick.
  • Dice the apple pieces into smaller chunks ( about 2 or 3 chunks per slice).
  • Add the diced apples to the flour mixture.
  • Toss well to evenly coat, work to separate any apples that have stuck together.
  • In another bowl, whisk the milk, eggs and vanilla together until they are well combined.
  • Pour the milk mixture over the apple and flour mixture.
  • Wash your hands next then just toss until combined. Your batter will be slightly lumpy but that is okay …..just don’t over mix.
  • Pour your batter into the prepared baking dish, spreading into an even layer.
  • In a small stir 2 Tbsp sugar plus 1/2 tsp cinnamon to sprinkle evenly over the cake.
  • Bake the cake in a preheated oven 45-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  • Now cool the cake for about 5 minutes on a wire rack.
  • Remove the ring from the spring form pan allowing the cake to cool to your desired temperature.
  • Drizzle with a caramel sauce and serve with ice cream. Enjoy!


Serving: 10peopleCalories: 413kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 6gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 267mgPotassium: 156mgFiber: 3gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 540IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 111mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Irish apple Cake, St. Patrick' Day cake, St. Patrick's Day, St. Patrick's Day dessert, St. Patrick's Day recipe
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