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Irish Apple Cake

There’s something so wonderful and delicious about an Irish Apple Cake full of fresh fruit and topped with just a dusting of powdered sugar.

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

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For the 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 the 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.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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! 🙂

  4. 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!

    1. Used 3 apples, and added a splash of vanilla, dash of mace and fresh nutmeg. Tried it plain and with caramel sauce. Liked it a lot both ways and wasn’t too sweet. Hubs is also a big fan. Nice size cake for just the two of us and easy to put together. Looking forward to trying it with blueberries, peaches, strawberries, pears, OH MY! Thank you!

  5. 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.

  6. I was not a fan, but maybe I made a mistake in making it. The dough was too thick to spread, and the finished cake was denser than anything I’ve ever baked. I measured carefully, and used fresh ingredients, but it was a very heavy cake. It tasted good, not too sweet, and caramel sauce gave it a little punch. We enjoyed it with coffee.

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