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Irish Apple Cake

 This traditional Irish cake, has beautifully tender crumb and is studded with slightly tart apples. The warm spices and clove make this an intoxicating dessert, perfectly paired with a cup of tea, or coffee.

Being a food blogger, it seems like you need to be on top of every single food trend, or holiday, or be left in the dust. Many blogs have been posting St. Patrick's Day recipes for weeks, but I haven't really thought about it until last week. I figured I should get at least a few recipes up, for this time of year. It seems like every single blogger out there is posting some fun, imaginative, creative and unique St. Patrick's Day recipe. It's hard to post a recipe, without somebody somewhere thinking their idea has been copied. So, I decided to stick to more traditional recipes that you might possibly find in Ireland. Like this Irish Apple Cake.

Simple yet delicious recipes such as this one, have been passed down through generations in Ireland. Said to have been primarily made with crab apples, which are native to Ireland, these cakes were steamed in pots by the fire. As the cake was cooking, the smell of the cloves and cinnamon were extremely intoxicating. When I opened the oven door to check if the cake was done, I was pleasantly surprised to see how pretty this cake looks. The cake is moist, studded with tart apple and everything is wrapped in a blanket of warm clove and cinnamon.


Irish Apple Cake

2  flour
3 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C unsalted  butter, softened
4 cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 to 3 tablespoons milk
1 to 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (for topping)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Grease an 8-inch spring form pan and line bottom with parchment paper to fit.

Sift flour, salt, cinnamon and ground cloves into a large bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add the apples and sugar to the flour mixture. Stir in the eggs and enough milk to leave the dough stiff. Pour into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar.

Bake for 45 minutes until crisp and golden in colour.

Run a knife around the edge of the spring form pan and let cool completely before removing the side. Serve with a drizzle of cream, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream.

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Comments

  1. That looks amazingly delicious. I will make it for my family. It is nice to add a new recipe for apples and yours looks so easy to make.

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  2. This apple pie recipe is very tempting. It looks different than the apple pies I'm used to, and incredibly delicious!!!!!

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  3. This does sound like the perfect dessert for St. Patrick’s Day! Yum!

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  4. sounds really good and a filling recipe! another great way to bake apples

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  5. This looks yummy! I love apple bread, but haven't tried apple cake before. I bet it's amazing!

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  6. I bet your house smelled amazing! This looks yummy!

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  7. I saw this on your Instagram and I can't WAIT to make it! It looks so dense and delicious, this will not last long in my house!

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  8. I feel like this is so amazingly moist. I have never had it but its just so beautiful. I love the addition of the apples and anytime apples are combined with sugar, cinnamon and cloves you know the cake will be so delicious.

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  9. This looks absolutely delicious! It looks like it's very moist, too.

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  10. This cake sounds so moist, and perfect to pair with a cup of coffee.

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  11. I'll definitely make this one really soon 😋

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  12. I love apples and spice cakes, so this is right up my alley. Looks delicious. Can't wait to try this.

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  13. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

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  14. This looks so good! Saw it featured on Pieced Pastimes, pinned!

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  15. My paternal Grandma was Irish and I love to remember her this time of year. Your Irish Apple Cake looks so delicious, Cindy. Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Take care, stay well, and I wish you a wonderful week!

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  16. Looks so delicious! And it's easy to make. I'll definitely try this one. Thank you for sharing

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  17. I am totally making this!!!!!

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