Slice of Irish Apple Cake on white plate with whole cake in background with green apples.
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Irish Apple Cake Recipe

Looking for a yummy recipe idea to use apples? Well after you make this Irish Apple Cake recipe, you will wanting to make it all the time!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, baked goods, irish apple cake, apple
Servings: 8


  • 3 Cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground ginger
  • 1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Tsp Allspice
  • 3/4 Cup Butter diced into small pieces
  • 1 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Lbs Granny Smith apples that is about 5 apples
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Butter and flour a 9-inch springform 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 C sugar.
  • Peel apples, slice in half, core and stem, lay 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 bowl stir rest of 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 springform pan allowing the cake to cool to your desired temperature.