Moist Irish Apple Cake Recipe: Fresh Apple Cake for Luck On St. Patrick's Day by 30Seconds Food

Moist Irish Apple Cake Recipe: Fresh Apple Cake for Luck On St. Patrick's Day

What's for dessert on St. Patrick's Day? Loaded with tart apples, this easy Irish apple cake recipe is the perfect way to end your St. Patrick's Day meal. Maybe this easy dessert recipe will bring you a little luck, too? Well, you'll at least be lucky to eat it!

The cake is made with butter, granulated sugar, an egg, sliced or diced fresh apples, chopped walnuts, flour, baking soda, baking powder, dash of salt, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg. The ingredients combine to make the cake batter, then is baked in the oven for about 45 minutes. The final step before eating it is to dust the top with powdered sugar.

This moist Irish apple cake recipe is perfect served with a dollop of whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or drizzled with grandma's old-fashioned spiced vanilla hard sauce. For the kids, whip up some St. Patrick's Day Rice Krispies Treats, these yummy cupcakes with green mint icing, these fun leprechaun thumbprints or even a shamrock ice cream pie. Now everyone will have the luck of the Irish!

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Cuisine: Irish
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 65 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 apples, cored, peeled and diced or sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • powdered sugar, for dusting

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Recipe Notes

  • To ensure the cake releases from the pan, be sure to spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
  • The powdered sugar dusting is optional, but we think it adds a nice touch. 
  • To make this cake gluten-free, use gluten-free flour.
  • Store leftover cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add the egg, apples, walnuts and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Combine the baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour. Stir to combine and then add to the wet ingredients. Pour the batter into a round Springform pan that's been sprayed with nonstick spray.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 45 minutes. Remove from pan and dust with powdered sugar. Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 165

Total Fat: 6.2g

Saturated Fat: 2.8g

Cholesterol: 41mg

Total Carbohydrate: 27.4g

Dietary Fiber: 2.4g

Total Sugars: 16.2g

Protein: 2.7g

Vitamin D: 3mcg

Calcium: 191mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 534mg

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Elisa Schmitz
This looks delicious! I'm so excited because I have all the ingredients and can make this for St. Patrick's Day, thanks!
This sounds heavenly.
Julie Rose
Mmm! What a wonderful idea.
I’m not seeing what size pan to use. With 2 c apples it sure seems like it would have to go in a large maybe springform pan as a 9” and certainly an 8” cake pan seems too small.
Thoughts from those who’ve tried this recipe.
Donna John
9-inch round springform pan. Correct!

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