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My Mum's Irish Apple Cake Recipe
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.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 8 people
Author: Gemma Stafford
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)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) then butter and line a 9-inch bake pan. Set aside.

For the Streusel topping:
  1. 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:
  1. Cream the butter and the sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy.

  2. Next, add in the vanilla then beat in the eggs one at a time.

  3. In a separate medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder cinnamon, and salt.

  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet along with the milk.

  5. 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.

  6. Cover the apples with all the streusel topping.

  7. Bake for roughly 65-75 minutes, or until the top is golden brown all over and crisp.

  8. Remove from the oven and allow cooling slightly before turning out of the tin.

  9. 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.