Irish apple cake
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: dessert, Irish, apple
Cuisine: Irish
Serves: 9
  • Crumb Topping
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6-8 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • Cake
  • 1 pound of apples, peeled and cored
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (more or less based on how much you like cinnamon)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  1. For the topping:
  2. Sift the flour with baking powder and salt. Whisk in the sugar.
  3. Thoroughly mix in the butter until the mixture looks and feels consistent throughout.
  4. Set the topping aside for later.
  5. For the cake:
  6. Grease a 9" x 9" cake pan. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  7. Thinly slice the apples and set aside. The skinnier the slices the better the cake! I think my mom used whatever was on sale but I use Jonagold apples.
  8. In a small mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; set aside.
  9. In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar and butter until it is very light.  (I sometimes substitute a bit of applesauce for the the butter or even Greek yogurt.) To the sugar and butter, beat in 2 eggs.
  10. After the eggs are incorporated, slowly add about half of the flour/cinnamon mixture, mixing to combine. Add a couple of tablespoons of milk and then fold in the rest of the flour/cinnamon mixture.
  11. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared cake pan.  Layer the top of the cake with the apple slices. My mom use to put them in at a 45 degree angle and then lined the slices in rows until the cake was covered. If there were leftover slices she sprinkled them with sugar and cinnamon as a reward for whoever was helping her make the cake.
  12. Sprinkle the topping across the top of the apple slices.
  13. Bake until the top is golden brown and your kitchen smells divine, about 50-55 minutes. Cool and enjoy!
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