Monday, March 8, 2021

Irish Apple Cake

In anticipation of St. Patrick's Day, I've prepared us an Irish Apple Cake that I've been wanting to make, that comes from Mary's blog Home Is Where The Boat Is. My quilt topper was made years ago, and it's fun to pull out for St. Paddy's Day.   My new heart shaped cake stand is a birthday gift from my forever friend, Joy, who knows me so well.

My late beloved mom gave me these kissing leprechauns years ago.  She always thought of my hubby and I.

This Johnson Brothers teacup called Roland is a beautiful vintage pattern.

This thrifted teapot was made in Cork County, Ireland, where my great grandmother, Hannah, was born.

Another memento is this pair of candle holders that my mom gave me, that belonged to my maternal grandmother.  I love family treasures! 

Let's have a cup of Irish Breakfast tea and a slice of cake together, shall we?

I had a birthday celebration with these two granddaughters and my son, Tim, and DIL, Julie.

I celebrated with the rest of my family, Molly and Eric, Kristen and Kevin, and the rest of my grandchildren, except for Connor, who's in the Marines.

Yield: 1- 9" springform cake or 1 -7" springform cake and 3 mini loaves
Author: Made by Kitty, but recipe came from Mary, at Home Is Where The Boat Is.
 Mary got the recipe from The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook
Irish Apple Cake

Irish Apple Cake


  • Cake
  • 2 large cooking apples, such as Granny Smith
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (the next time I'm going to add a little bit of cloves)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter,  softened
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar (or same amount of granulated sugar processed in a food processor for 1 minute)
  • 2 eggs (I use room temperature eggs or put the uncracked eggs into a bowl of warm-hot water for 5 minutes)
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • confectioners’ sugar for dusting
  • Streusel:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (Mary's suggestion)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9- inch round springform pan with cooking spray.
  2. To make the streusel topping, sift flour and cinnamon into a bowl (I use a whisk instead of sifting) and cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles crumbs. Stir in sugar and put aside.
  3. Peel, core, and thinly slice apples (I used my apple-peeler-correr-slicer). Set the apples aside.
  4. To make the cake, sift the flour into a bowl with the baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Place the butter and superfine sugar in a separate bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. I used my mixer for this. Gradually beat in eggs, adding a little flour mixture with the last addition of egg. Gently fold in half of the remaining flour mixture, then fold in the rest with the milk.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top (an off set spatula works great for this this batter). Cover with the sliced apples and sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the top. Bake for 1 hour or until browned and firm to the touch. Let cool in pan before removing the sides. Dust cake with confectioners’ sugar before serving.
  6. Best served warm from the oven or reheated in the microwave.


Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream is a nice accompaniment.

I baked the mini loaves for 45 minutes and the 7" cake for 50 minutes.

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Thank you for your visit!  xo

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  1. The photo of you and your grands is gorgeous, Kitty. Just look at all their smiling faces. Such a lovely and fun St Patrick's Day tablescape. The green mini quilt is lovely, as is the teacup. Love too, those kissing leprechauns and the heart plate on which the Irish Apple cake is displayed. I have a feeling celebrating St Paddy's Day at your home would be filled with much laughter, joy and fun.

  2. Happy Monday Kitty, What beautiful treasures you have to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day! Those kissing leprechauns are so sweet and I adore your quilted table topper! What a lucky and wonderful find your shamrock teapot is too. Your cake looks delicious and pretty on your cake stand and I’d love a slice with a cuppa. How smart to divide the recipe you have some mini loaves to share too. I always love seeing your grands…they’re growing up so quickly! ♥

  3. Happy Birthday, Kitty! My eye immediately caught that wonderful quilt topper and vintage cup and saucer with the gentle flowing green painted softly.

    You make springtime seem closer and closer and I'm grateful!

  4. All those great smiles! ☘️ What a lovely tea!

  5. I love the way you decorated the table Kitty. That cake looks so good and nice photos of the grand kids. Thanks for the blog visit and I hope you have a nice week Kitty.

  6. I love your quilt topper, Kitty! Very nice to bring out this time of year. I love all your treasures; all are so special! The cake sounds lovely with the Irish breakfast tea. You have a darling family! I'm so glad you got to spend time with them all for your birthday; except for Connor, who is serving his country. Grandchildren grow up so quickly on us. Have a beautiful day. Hugs...Sandi

  7. What a charming tea time!

    I also heart your new cake stand! It looks like it's made of marble?

  8. Dear Kitty, I am of Irish heritage and I adore all your special treasures. I would love to have a cup of tea and slice of that Irish Apple cake. It does sound and look delicious. Such a pretty quilt topper to use for your tea. Kitty, you know I always enjoy seeing your family. The grands are all growing up so fast. I know you missed having Connor with you. I hope you will see him soon too. Have a wonderful week.....

  9. Kitty, I love this! All of your family treasures - including your grandchildren - warm my heart. My Irish eyes are smiling through this entire post!

  10. I think the kissing leprechauns are so sweet.
    The photograph of you and your grands is lovely.
    Your recipe looks and sounds delicious.

    Have a happy week.

    All the best Jan

  11. So sweet, Kitty! There is nothing quite like celebrating birthdays with grandchildren. The time with them always seems so fleeting!!

    You know you got my green blood pumpking happily seeing your lovely teascape. Without a doubt the kissing wee folk just brings such a smile. Lovely treasures, all. ♦

    Big hugs.

  12. The kids and grands are certainly treasures! Love that apple cake. I just want to turn the monitor into a 3-D printer and have a bite of that cake!

  13. Wish I had a piece of cake for breakfast Kitty! Looks like you had a nice time celebrating with the kids-enjoy:@)

  14. That looks delicious! Happy birthday; how wonderful that you got to celebrate with almost all of your grandkids.

  15. Kitty, I enjoyed seeing your family treasures and grandchildren. There is nothing like celebrating a birthday with grandchildren. SLAINTE!

  16. I love all your Irish treasures and family heirlooms Kitty! The teapot and cup are so pretty, and what a wonderful birthday celebration surrounded by friends and grands! The cake sounds very yummy too...

  17. So many good things here, Kitty! Love the cake stand and all your Irish decor too! The cake sounds delicious and it looks like you had a great time with your grandkids. Have a good week! Take care

  18. What wonderful Irish mementos of your heritage, Kitty! Your apple cake sounds so delicious and pretty on that heart shaped pedestal. Have fun grand-dog sitting too :)

  19. OMGosh, Kitty...MY great-grandmother was also born in Co.Cork!!! I KNEW we were kindred spirits, perhaps even long lost relatives. Your Irish displays are just darling & that cake looks very enticing. I've made apple cake for years but never one with a streusel topping. I'll try your recipe next time...thanks for sharing!

  20. You have some lovely Irish treasures and family pieces, Kitty. The cake looks so good, and you're the second person I've read about today who recommends this recipe from Mary. I love anything with a streusel. How lovely to be with family.

  21. First of all, I love your Irish pretties on your table! I pinned this sounds delicious! I gave up sweets for Lent, but I might cook this on Easter Sunday! Thanks for posting! Somehow I missed this on Mary's Blog, LOL!

  22. Yum! Apple cake! I used to make one that my mother-in-law loved so much. This reminds me I need to make that again sometime! God bless you and your family, sweet friend!

  23. Kitty, your St. Patrick's table is lovely. How sweet the teacup and teapot are. I love the pretty quilted topper. Looks like a beautiful birthday celebration for so many. The Irish cake recipe must be so delicious. Anything with apple is yummy. The kissing couple is the sweetest. Happy week Kitty.


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