March 17, 2021


Ditch the green this St. Patrick’s Day and whip up a fantastically tasty Irish Apple Cake!

Irish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce

Serves: Serves 12



  • 3 cups Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • ⅛ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Cloves, ground
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg, ground
  • 170gm Butter, (cold is fine)
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 4 large Granny Smith apples (I used golden delicious to great effect)
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¾ cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Sugar (for sprinkling on top of cake)


  • 6 large Egg Yolks
  • 6 tbsp Sugar
  • 1½ cup Whole Milk
  • 1½ tsp Vanilla



  1. Grease and flour an 8″ or 9″ round springform pan. Using an 8″ pan will give you a taller cake.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, cloves and nutmeg into a large mixing bowl. Make sure the bowl is very large to allow room for the apples to be folded in.
  4. Cut the butter into the flour using your fingers or a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  5. Add the sugar to the flour mixture and mix in.
  6. Peel the apples and slice them into uniform pieces. This cake works best and gets that ‘chunky apple look’ if the slices are about ¼” wide and then cut into 3 pieces.
  7. Toss the apples into the flour mixture and combine them thoroughly.
  8. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and milk together. Add to the apples and flour and mix in with a large spatula until just combined. Batter will be thick and dough-like.
  9. Transfer the dough into the prepared cake pan and flatten the top surface using the back of your spatula.
  10. Sprinkle the sugar over the top of the cake.
  11. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Test the centre for doneness. The top of the cake should be golden brown. Serve slices with custard sauce.


  1. *note that this sauce is not a thick, pudding like sauce. It should have a pour-able, just thickened consistency when done.
  2. Place the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and whisk until pale yellow, 2-3 minutes. Place the milk in a medium saucepan and bring just to a boil. Slowly whisk the hot milk into the egg/sugar mixture. Transfer the mixture back to the saucepan and stir over medium heat until custard thickens, about 4 minutes. Custard should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Mix in the vanilla. Transfer to bowl or serving saucer.
  3. Serve warm or cold over apple cake.

Image and recipe source: The Kitchen McCabe

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