Irish Apple Cake

Ok, I’m a couple weeks late on this, but for St Patrick’s Day we had the American tradition, corned beef and cabbage.  We also had something I found out about a couple years ago, Irish Apple Cake.  I bought a cookbook a couple years ago with some “authentic” Irish recipes and one I tried was an Irish Apple Cake.  It’s different, but we like it.

2 cups flour

1/3 tspbaking powder

8 T butter (one stick)

2/3 C superfine granulated sugar

2 eggs, beaten; one in the cake and one to brush the top

1/2 to 2/3 cup milk (approximately)

1 or 2 apples

2 or 3 cloves (optional)


Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl.  Rub in the butter with your fingertips until you get the texture of breadcrumbs (I don’t know if you can over mix it doing it by hand).  Add 1/2 cup of sugar and make a well in the center.  Mix in the beaten egg and enough milk to form a soft dough.  Divide in two and pat one half into a 9 inch plate.  Peel, core and chop the apples and place them on the dough with the cloves if used.  Roll out the other half of the pastry and place it on top.  The dough is very soft and difficult to work with so you’ll be using your fingers to “fix” where it tears.  That’s part of the fun.  Press the sides together and make a slit in the top of the crust.  Brush it with beaten egg.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 40 minutes.  You can sprinkle the top of the cake with superfine sugar, and top with softly whipped cream.

This sounds like an apple pie, but the dough is more like a coffee cake consistency.  The apples are baked into the dough and it’s just different than a cake or a pie.  We like it!




9 Responses to “Irish Apple Cake”

  1. Tara Bender Says:

    Just as an FYI…yes you can overmix the dough – even if you are doing it by hand. It sounds pretty yummy.

  2. abbebusoni Says:

    I forgot you were/are a pastry chef. I should think of some cooking questions to ask you. Thanks!

  3. Susan Says:

    I’m glad there has been another posting…finally. When is the next one?

  4. Abby Says:

    Yeah, when is the next one? Too busy with kids? I can’t imagine!

  5. Susan Says:

    What about your trip to the river–the ultimate play date! Keep the topics coming, your fans are checking.

  6. Tara Bender Says:

    Yes…Susan is right. Your fans are checking 🙂

  7. Pamela Says:

    Is this the Tara Bender that used to work at Ma Cuisine?

    • Tara Bender Says:

      Yep…I am the one. Is this Pamela Sheldon? About a year ago I came across your website and you are living in Italy now? And you have a daughter? Your life sounds wonderful. I am retired from the cooking world, got married and have two kids, now. But still love to bake. How funny that we connected through this blog!

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