Irish Apple Cake

Irish Apple Cake

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Irish Apple Cake is the perfect St. Patrick's day dessert. Tart Granny Smith Apples cover a moist cinnamon cake all topped off with a brown sugar streusel.  This is a keeper for sure.



Streusel Topping

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, cold (114 grams or 4 ounces or 1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (105 grams or 3 3/4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats (21 grams or 3/4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (100 grams or 3 1/2 ounces)

Irish Apple Cake

  • 3 medium Granny Smith apples
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (175 grams or 6 1/8 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (use 1/2 teaspoon if using unsalted butter)
  • 1/2 cup salted butter (114 grams or 4 ounces or 1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 grams or 3 1/2 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk



  1. Spray a 9 x2 inch round cake pan with non-stick baking release.  Set aside.
  2. Cut the butter into small pieces. 
  3. Combine the flour, oats, and brown sugar in the bowl of a mixer. Dry ingedients for streusel in mixing bowl
  4. Add the butter.Butter added to streusel
  5. Beat on medium until crumbs form.  Be careful not to overbeat and turn it into a paste.  Streusel in
  6. Refrigerate while preparing the cake layer.

Irish Cake Layer

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Spray a 9x2 inch round cake pan really well.  Set aside.
  2. Peel, core and slice the apples very thinly.  Sliced apples in a bowl for the Irish Apple Cake
  3. Place in a bowl and cover directly with plastic wrap.  They may still brown a bit, but that is fine.
  4. Whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together in a bowl.  Set aside.
    Flour, cinnamon whisked together
  5. Without cleaning the mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of a mixer until light and fluffy.  Butter, sugar, and vanilla creamed together
  6. Beat the eggs in one at a time.  First egg in batter for Irish Apple Cake
  7. They will most likely curdle.  Curdled mixture
  8. Add half the flour mixture and beat on medium low. Add half the flour
  9. Add the milk.Milk added to the batter
  10. Add the remaining flour.
  11. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.  Irish Apple Cake batter spread in pan
  12. Place the apples on top in a flat layer.  Apples spread over the batter.
  13. Cover the apples with an even layer of streusel.Streusel covering the apples
  14. Bake for about 65 to 75 minutes.  A tester will come out cleanly and the apples will be soft.
  15. Cool the cake in the pan.  
  16. To serve, dust with powdered sugar, cut into slices and get ready for a real treat. 
  17. Store the cake, covered, at room temperature for 3 to 4 days.  Ours barely lasted until the next day!!