Irish Apple Cake

Award Winning Irish Apple Cake

I first fell in love with this cake at a St. Patrick’s Day party. I entered entered this cake into a bake-off at work and won the “Best Cake/Bread” category.

This recipe is published with the gracious permission of Elizabeth Jennings. She has adapted this from her grandmother Minnie Jennings’ recipe.

Irish Apple Cake
Adapted from Minnie Jennings (County Mayo, Ireland)

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 teaspoon each: baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg
1 1/2 cups flour
3-4 Granny Smith apples*
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup additional sugar for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Generously butter a 9″ round cake pan.

Mise en place – measure out and assemble all of your ingredients.

In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients (except the remaining 1/4 sugar).

Core, peel, and dice the apples to about 1/2-inch cubes (about 3 cups) and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix until well combined.

Add the dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix well. Stir in the apples and nuts.

Batter will be very thick and chock-full of apples. 

Pour into prepared pan, level out. Sprinkle top with 1/4 cup sugar.

Bake until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Don’t overcook or it will become dry. Depending on your oven and type of pan, the cake could take anywhere from 45 min- 1 hr 15 min. Just keep checking with a toothpick and take out when it comes out just about clean. It may take a couple of times to make it before you get a sense of when to take it out.

Serve warm or at room temperature, with creme anglaise, whipped cream, or ice cream. Great for coffeecake in the morning as well.

Even moister and more flavorful the next day. Just keep wrapped tight. No need to refrigerate.

*Don’t skimp on the apples, the more apple, the moister the cake, and don’t substitute a sweeter apple.

Sadly, I don’t have a good picture of the cake. I guess this just means I’ll have to bake another soon. Sounds like a plan for New Year’s Eve!

Remembering this St. Patrick's Day party makes me smile!

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