Apple cake is a traditional Irish dessert that’s typically seen during apple harvest season. Slices of tart Granny Smith apples baked into a sweet, delicate cake make this a treat the entire family will love.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 50-minutes

Servings: 8-10


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (plus additional for preparing pan)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cut into 1/4-inch slices then slices cut into fourths
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk


Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare 9-inch round springform pan by spraying inside with cooking spray and dusting with flour.

Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Cut butter into flour using pastry cutter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in 3/4 cup sugar. Add apples and toss to combine.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Add egg mixture to flour and apple mixture and stir to combine. Transfer dough to prepared pan and flatten top with back of spoon. Sprinkle top with 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 45-50 minutes.


ORANGE & FIELD TIP: While the cake is delicious on it’s own, we suggest serving it with some ice cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce. A homemade custard sauce would be fantastic, as well.