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Irish Apple Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12
Author International Cuisine


  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 oz butter
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 or 4 large Granny Smith apples
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar to sprinkle on top of cake
  • For the custard:
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a 9-inch round baking pan by spraying with oil or coating with butter.
  • Sift the cake flour, baking powder, salt, cloves and nutmeg into a large mixing bowl.
  • Cut the butter into the flour and rub it in using your fingers or a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
  • Toss in the sugar and combine it with the flour mixture.
  • Peel and slice the apples into 1" pieces.
  • Add the apples into the flour mixture and mix them thoroughly.
  • Beat the eggs and add a dash of milk. Add to the apples and flour and combine well with a large spoon. Add more milk as needed to fully moisten the flour. The result is a pretty sticky mixture.
  • Transfer the dough into the prepared cake pan and flatten the top surface using the back of a large spoon.
  • Sprinkle two tablespoons of sugar over the top of the cake.
  • Bake the cake in the preheated 375 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire wrack to finish cooling.
  • While the cake is baking you can make the custard.
  • Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar
  • heat the milk and vanilla to warm just before a boil
  • Add a few tablespoons of warm milk slowly to the egg mix to temper it
  • Whisk the egg yolk mixture into the warm milk and let simmer on low until thick.
  • Remove from heat and serve over your delicious apple cake.