Irish Apple Cake for St. Paddy’s Day



We all turn a little bit Irish on St. Paddy’s Day, and it’s fun and tasty when our food can follow suit!




Apple cakes like this one are the traditional sweet in Ireland.  In the old days, it would’ve been baked in a "bastible," a black iron kettle by an open fire.
 
Bastible hanging over a fire on a crane


I happened upon this recipe, created by Margaret Johnson ~ who is perhaps the most prolific Irish-American writer of topics regarding Irish food and drink ~ and knew I had to try it.  This version is slightly adapted, using more cinnamon and less sugar, and pecans swapped for walnuts, with Honeycrisp apples substituting for Granny Smith. 




Maybe you’d like this moist cake served straight from the oven, with a dollop of whipped cream, but I think it’s perfect for breakfast the next morning!


Irish Apple Cake
Adapted

Ingredients:

½ stick butter
¾ cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
4 Honeycrisp apples, cored, peeled and diced (2 cups)
¼ cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup all-purpose flour

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Generously grease an 8-inch square cake pan.
In a large bow, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the egg, apples, nuts and vanilla, and stir well.
Sift dry ingredients together and add to apple mixture, combing well.
Pour batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly.
Bake until cake is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45-50 minutes.
Let cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then unmold and serve hot or cold with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Serves 10 to 12


ENJOY!







Comments

  1. Oh, yum! This is my kind of cake! Breakfast sound great!:-) xo

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  2. Thanks, Nellie! I thought so too! :-)

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  3. Pam, This is my kind of cake! Moist and loaded with flavor. The honey crisp apples are a smart way to cut back on the processed sugar while not cutting back on the sweetness. I'd like mine warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Thanks, David! That's Bill's fave way also, warm and ice cream! Take care

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  4. So many cakes are great for breakast.We only have to think of muffins to encourage us along:)

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    1. Thanks, Monique! Cake or pie is my kind of breakfast. :-)

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  5. I love this Irish apple cake ! Look delicious Pam!

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    1. Gloria, thanks! It's sooo good!

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  6. Great recipe !! It looks really delicious!!

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  7. Instead of waiting for breakfast the next day, I think it would be a great way to start St. Paddy's Day. I've been pleased to see Honeycrisp apples in the market lately.
    Sam

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    1. Thanks, Sam, you're right! Honeycrisp apples are the best!

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  8. Hubby is Irish. But doesn't drink. Though I've been wanting to make Irish soda bread.

    Your apple cake looks great.

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  9. I dont know what I like more eating this or drooling over that photo! Awesome!

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    1. Thanks, Claudia! It's a good cake!

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  10. I dont know what I like more eating this or drooling over that photo! Awesome!

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  11. I love a fresh apple cake and this one looks OUTSTANDING. I could even talk with an Irish accent if I had a piece of this. I'm sure of it.

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    1. Thanks, Maureen! I love to hear you! Take care.

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  12. I'm smiling.....because this does not look hard at all.. Can't beat a good apple cake with a dollop of ice cream to go along with it. If I could only have it right now!!
    Blessings

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    1. Shug, you're right on spot! This is easy peasy and wish I could share it with you now!

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  13. Your Irish apple cake sounds great. I have a "bastible" hanging from a crane in my fireplace but I've never used it.

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    1. Thanks, Karen! How cool with your bastible! Bet it's a great fireplace!

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  14. I think it looks perfect for anytime of the day!

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    1. Laurie, thanks! Anytime is good for me.

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  15. I think it looks perfect for anytime of the day!

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  16. I love the pecans in your version! This does sound wonderful and I'd love some for breakfast :)

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    1. Susan, thanks! I have a plethora of pecans and was out of walnuts, so that's the way it went.

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  17. Cake for breakfast sounds good to me! (Lunch too, If I had my way.) I love that this one is mostly apple with just enough cake to hold it together. It looks delicious! ;)

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    1. Thanks! I think that's why I like it so much, packed with apples to make it moist and flavorful!

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  18. O, I love Apple Cake and wish I had a piece with this coffee I'm having. :) Thanks for the recipe.
    I love your pretty blog...and wanted you to know, other than me being about 40 something OLDER than you, we have a few things in common...
    I'm married to a Bill, I have a Kathy for a daughter in law, I am not a gourmet cook, either...just plain eery day cooking.
    I am linking up to follow so I can stay up with all these good recipes.
    xo

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    1. Hi bj! We do have a lot in common, and I would place good money on me being older than you! I can see good things in our future! I'm glad we "met!"

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  19. I am following thru Google Friend Connect and I liked you on Facebook. I'm looking for Follow by Email but must be missing it....
    and may I steal your I LOVE BREAKFAST button..??

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    1. Thanks so much, bj! Guess I lost the email feed somewhere along the line and will return it. The button is yours for the taking! Enjoy! It has been a pleasure!

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  20. Not Kiddin you....our mouths are watering ~ A LOT lol!!! This looks lovely Pam...think I will make it tomorrow...for breakfast (that would be delish!!) Wishing you a super weekend as well Pam :)
    ~Karla & Karrie

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    1. Hi Karla & Kste! Thanks! Take care

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  21. Pam, this looks like an amazing dessert - and perfect for St Paddys Day.

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    1. Thanks, Gaye! We think it's pretty good!

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  22. What a lovely cake! The apple topping sounds fabulous.

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    1. Joanne, thanks! Those apples make the cake!

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  23. Dear Pam, This certainly looks good!! I do think we all become a little bit Irish for St. Paddy's Day and it is so delicious and fun! xo Take care and blessings, Catherine

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  24. Delicious:). What a great dessert. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Dear Pam, since I am newer to your blog I have been looking at your lovely posts, so I hope you don't mind. This sounds fantastic, thank you so much for sharing.

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  26. Dear Pam, since I am newer to your blog I have been looking at your lovely posts, so I hope you don't mind. This sounds fantastic, thank you so much for sharing.

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