The Baker Upstairs: Irish apple cake


Irish apple cake


Okay, I'll admit it. I've been holding out on you with this post. I actually made this amazing Irish apple cake months ago for St. Patrick's Day, and I am only just now getting around to posting it. It's a shame that it has had to wait so long! Still, though, I think this is a perfect time to post it. I love simple sweet cakes during the summer, and it's also the perfect dessert for early fall, when I usually have apples coming out of my ears.

There's something so wonderful and delicious about a lightly sweetened cake full of fresh fruit and topped with just a dusting of powdered sugar. I also love that all the ingredients are simple and easy, which means you probably have everything you need to make this cake right now!

Now, if you're making it for a special occasion, you can totally dress it up like I did with warm delicious caramel sauce and pile on the freshly whipped cream. But it's also delicious (and probably a little more calorie-friendly) just as it is. Either way, it's sure to be a hit!

Irish Apple Cake

2 cups flour
1/3 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup sugar
8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) butter, cut into pieces
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
2 granny smith apples, peeled and chopped
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

for topping (optional):
powdered sugar
freshly whipped cream
salted caramel sauce

Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a pie dish or 9 inch cake pan with cooking spray and set asideIn a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and sugar. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or two knives, until the pieces are no larger than pea sized. Mix the egg and milk together, then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Pat half of the dough into the prepared baking dish. Toss the chopped apples with the sugar and cinnamon and spread over the dough. Pat the remaining dough over the top of the apples (it's okay if it is imperfect, just do your best!). Bake 40 minutes, or until lightly browned on top. Remove and let cool slightly before topping.

adapted from Irish Traditional Cooking


  1. OMG, I want to eat my laptop screen just looking at this cake (beautiful photography, I must say). Thank you so much for this recipe. Cheers, Ardith

  2. I am loving apples right now! I love that this only uses 1 egg, because it makes it so much easier to do a flax seed egg, since my daughter has an egg allergy!

  3. Oh my goodness, I love apples and this cake looks so so good! I wish I had a slice for breakfast (because cake is totally acceptable for breakfast if there is fruit, right?)

  4. This looks perfect any time of the year! I ought to try Irish apple cake, a shame since I have Irish heritage, too! :P

  5. Umm, love the recipe. Are you trying to get us to eat more broccoli? The print button leads me to a broccoli recipe :)

  6. Ha ha yes, it's all part of my master plan to make the world eat more vegetables. :) The link is fixed now and will take you to a luscious dessert recipe instead of a healthy vegetable recipe.

  7. Thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe

  8. What a wonderful dessert! I really enjoy your blog and love the pictures!

  9. I made this for my company's International Potluck lunch and it was a BIG hit! Barely had any left to take home and people asked me for the recipe! :)

  10. It’s in the oven right now cooking! I’m worried about getting it out of the pan! I. Ant wait to taste it!

  11. I made 12 of these with the salted caramel sauce for church on the Sunday after St Pats. I kept the caramel warm in a crockpot. It was a huge hit!!! Thank you for sharing another great recipe!

  12. Would that be plain or self raising flour please?

  13. This recipe looks so easy and delicious. We're trying to cut sugar in our house so I'm going to make it with 1/2 stevia and 1/2 granulated sugar. I'll let you know how it comes out.