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My Mum’s Irish Apple Cake

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It doesn't get much better than my mum's Irish Apple Cake recipe — authentically Irish with tart Granny Smith apples and a streusel topping.

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WHAT YOU GET: An Irish Apple Cake recipe that’s simple, delicious, and straight from my Irish mum — so it’s as authentic as it gets.

This classic Irish Apple Cake may seem humble but it is a diamond in the rough. Somewhere a cross between an American coffee cake and an apple pie, this cake is one of my mum’s best Irish recipes. I am so happy to share this with you as I know it will be an instant family favorite.

If you love this recipe, you’ll also love my Best-Ever Irish Scones, Irish Potato Farls, Irish Soda Bread, and more.

The Best Kind Of Apples For Apple Cake

The cake part of this apple cake is light and moist then topped off with thinly sliced granny smith apples. I use granny smith apples when baking this cake because their slightly tart flavor really balances out the sweetness of whatever they are added to. Also, they hold their shape and stay in slices for a nice presentation.

What You’ll Need

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • 9-Inch Cake Pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Measuring cups and spoons

How To Make Streusel

To top off the layer of sliced apples is my favorite part of any coffee cake: a streusel! A streusel is made by rubbing together cold butter, flour, and sugar. In this streusel, the oats are a special addition that adds a toasty flavor and crunch. This layer on top of the cake forms a golden-brown crust and also makes the sliced apples beneath them cook into the cake, making it super moist and fruity!

If you love coffee cake, you’re going to love this — especially if you love it for the topping. Because honestly, who doesn’t?

The Cake Pan To Use for Irish Apple Cake

I think the best option for this apple cake is a 9-inch cake pan.

The reason being is that this cake isn’t incredibly deep so it’s nice to bake it in a 9 or even 8-inch pan so it appears deeper. Also, once you line the cake pan with parchment, the cake will remove easily.

NOTE: No need for a springform cheesecake pan as sometimes they can be 10 to 12 inches which isn’t needed.

Slices of Irish Apple Cake showing the streusel topping and texture.

How To Store Apple Cake

This traditional Irish Apple Cake can be covered and stored in an airtight container at cool room temperature.

Coffee cakes and Teacakes like this are always best when kept at room temperature. There is no fresh cream or anything that requires it to be refrigerated and the texture and flavor are so much better at room temperature rather than cold from the fridge. If you live in a hot country, refrigerate, then remove to room temperature one hour before serving.

How Long Does It Last?

This cake will last up to 4 days at room temperature. You can also freeze it for up to 1 month. Just allow defrosting fully before serving. You can also refresh it a little in the microwave or cover it in foil in a 350°F (180°c) oven for 15 minutes. This just softens the cake again.

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My Mum's Irish Apple Cake Recipe

4.73 from 250 votes
It doesn't get much better than my mum's Irish Apple Cake recipe — authentically Irish with tart Granny Smith apples and a streusel topping.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 people
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 5 mins
It doesn't get much better than my mum's Irish Apple Cake recipe — authentically Irish with tart Granny Smith apples and a streusel topping.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

Streusel topping

  • 3/4 cup (3 ¾oz/105g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (¾oz/21g) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (4oz/115g) sugar
  • 1/16 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons (3oz/85g) butter

Irish Apple Cake

  • 1/2 cup (4oz/115g) butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup (4oz/115g) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups (6 1/4oz/177g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 granny smith apples (peeled and sliced thin)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) then butter and line a 9-inch bake pan. Set aside.

For the Streusel topping:

  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, sugar, and salt. Next rub in the cold butter until fully incorporated and you've reached the texture of coarse breadcrumbs. Set aside in the fridge while you make the cake.

For the Irish Apple Cake:

  • Cream the butter and the sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  • Next, add in the vanilla then beat in the eggs one at a time.
  • In a separate medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder cinnamon, and salt.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet along with the milk.
  • Once the batter has formed, transfer it to the prepared cake pan and lay on the sliced apples, making sure they are arranged in one even layer.
  • Cover the apples with all the streusel topping.
  • Bake for roughly 65-75 minutes, or until the top is golden brown all over and crisp.
  • Remove from the oven and allow cooling slightly before turning out of the tin.
  • When ready to serve, dust the cake with powdered sugar, slice and enjoy. Store the cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
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Charu
Charu
2 years ago

Hi Gemma
Please post the video of this recipe.

Kathy
Kathy
8 months ago

I am making this for a crowd. Can I double or triple the recipe if using large sheet pans.?

Lacey
Lacey
2 years ago

Hi Gemma! I wanted to let you know that a site seems to have copied your recipe! I didn’t notice any credit given to you so i thought i’d let you check it out!

Last edited 8 months ago by Gemma Stafford
Mary Jo B Bishari
Mary Jo B Bishari
1 year ago

Hi Gemma,

This turned out so well! I used almond flour, like your Mum did often, and added 1/4 ap flour as you suggested. The nutty flavor of the almond flour was a nice compliment to the apples. It’s not a real sweet dessert which was grand. Thank you!

Barbara Ebberts
Barbara Ebberts
1 year ago

Just took it out of the oven. Between the smell of it cooking and the corned beef it’s like heaven in here. Takes me back to my mom’s kitchen! Thanks Gemma 🍀

Roma Khan
Roma Khan
2 years ago

Receipe looks v nice n interstesting will try soon but willing to see u making Gemma )))

Bob
Bob
1 year ago

Fantastic recipe. Made for St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow. I took mine out after 50 minutes when the internal temperature of the cake reached about 205 degees. Otherwise, followed recipe exactly.

Tami
Tami
8 months ago

Hi Gemma, I’m making this recipe today for an early St. Patrick’s day dinner. How long should I bake if using an 9 inch cast iron pan?

Last edited 8 months ago by Tami
Mary Beth
Mary Beth
2 years ago

This sounds delicious and easy. I definitely will try this, and I know one thing , I won’t have to worry about lasting four days in my house !

Lynne
Lynne
2 years ago

Is the temperature given 180°C for a regular electric oven? What is the temperature for a fan assisted oven – about 160°C?

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