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Ireland Tradition: A Cast Iron Irish Apple Cake

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson


Irish Apple Cake is a traditional dessert in Ireland. Recipes for the moist and tender cast iron cake are as varied as the beautiful people who live in the Emerald Isle. This heritage recipe is a simple and tasty dessert everyone will love.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • medium apple, sliced thinly (about 1┬ácup)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Dash of ground cloves and a dash of cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 10-inch cast iron skillet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a medium-size bowl, Add the flour and baking powder. Cut in 1 stick, 8 tablespoons of butter, into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs. Whisk sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg into the flour and butter mixture.

Make a well in the center of the bowl and add the beaten egg, milk, and vanilla. Mix until a soft dough forms. Almost scone-like.

Spoon and press dough into the bottom of the parchment-lined skillet. Layer thinly sliced apples over the dough. Combine 1 tablespoon of sugar and a dash each of ground cloves and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the apples.

Place the skillet on the middle rack of your oven. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Then, switch the oven to broil. Keep the apple cake in the oven and broil, on the middle rack, 2-3 minutes or until the edges of the cake are golden brown. This step is optional… but I love the added crispness.

Allow the cake to cool slightly, cut into wedges and dust with powdered sugar. Or serve with whipped cream — or ice cream — all of which makes a delightfully delicious topping to this Irish Apple Cake!

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