Irish Apple Cake
The Irish Apple Cake is a traditional Irish dessert. Apples are used in abundance in Irish dessert recipes, and apple cakes are one of the main ways they have been used over the years. We use our Apple Pie Spice in the recipe since it has the cinnamon and nutmeg most apple desserts have, but also has extra spices to bring out the apple flavor even more. The vanilla adds an extra touch of flavor, which is what you find in many of the Irish recipes.
These Irish Apple Cakes would be baked in cast iron pans way back, but most recipes now use standard square cake pans. The result is a moist cake with a crispy edge, and a flavor begging to eaten with a cup of your favorite tea.
Serves 6 to 8
4 Tablespoons Butter
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Egg, Beaten
4 Granny Smith Apples, Peeled, Cored, and Diced
¼ Cup Chopped Walnuts
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Cup All-purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Sheffield’s Apple Pie Spice
½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for topping.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 inch square cake pan.
In a large mixing bowl, add the butter and sugar. Using a hand mixer, cream together until light and fluffy. Add the egg, apples, nuts, and vanilla. Stir to combine well. Sift in the flour, Apple Pie Spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake about 45 minutes until the cake is lightly browned and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and serve warm or at room temperature. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream….with a cup of your favorite tea. We do carry Irish Breakfast Tea, in addition to many other breakfast teas which pair well with dessert type cakes.