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A slice cut out of an Irish farmhouse apple cake.

Irish Farmhouse Apple Cake

  • Author: Asha
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Cakes
  • Cuisine: Irish


A traditional harvest time treat made in farmhouses across Ireland, this delicious cake features baked apples, a streusel crumb topping, and tender spiced cake. A perfect dessert for celebrating the autumn or St. Patrick's Day. Or just because it's delicious and you want to. 



1 cup + 2 tbsp (140.625 g) all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground cloves

pinch of salt

1/2 cup (113 g) salted butter, room temperature

1/3 cup (67 g) granulated sugar

1/3 cup (67 g) brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

3 tbsp milk

3 medium granny smith apples

icing sugar, for dusting

Streusel topping

1/4 cup (37 g) all-purpose flour

1/4 cup (50 g) brown sugar

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 tbsp (21.3 g) butter, cold and cubed


Preheat oven to 350° and grease 8" round springform pan.

In medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until nice and fluffy.

Beat in eggs, one at a time, along with vanilla.

Stir in dry ingredients intermittently with milk. Make sure it is well incorporated but don't over mix.

Spoon the batter into the prepared cake pan. Smooth it out and press it into the edges.

Peel apples and cut into 1/4" slices. Cut each slice a few more times to give chopped appearance. Evenly scatter apples on top of the batter. Using your hand, gently press the apples just slightly down into the batter. 

Prepare the streusel topping. In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add in cubed butter. Using your hand, work the butter into the dry ingredients until large crumbs form. Sprinkle the streusel topping on top of the apples. 

Bake for about 50-60 minutes. Check doneness by inserting a toothpick into the batter. When it comes out clean the cake is ready. Cool the cake in the pan before removing. Dust with icing sugar immediately before serving.

Keywords: irish apple cake