Irish Apple Crumble Cake

This Irish Apple Crumble Cake is a moist and tender, buttery cake that’s packed with fresh apples and topped with a delicious crumble. And easy? Oh my, yes. Delicious? Absolutely!

Slice of Apple Crumble Cake with the whole cake in the background.

Fair warning, the aroma coming from your oven will make everyone in the house hungry, before dinner… or tea!

Side view of Irish Apple Crumble Cake on a Teal Cake Stand

I recently read an interview, which I referenced in our Irish Scones Recipe, where well-known Irish baker, Catherine Leyden, said Irish scones are second only to an Irish apple tart.

It’s been noted that “Apples have been grown in Ireland for at least 3000 years. Indeed, St. Patrick is said to have planted a number of apple trees in Ireland, including one at Ceangoba, a settlement close to where Armagh is now situated.”

So important are apples and apple trees in Ireland that penalties were leveled to protect the fruit.

“Early monastic records tell us that the monks were given apples with their meals, especially at festival times. The Brehon laws (originating between 2000 and 1000BC) stipulated that anyone cutting down an apple tree would be subject to a severe penalty; namely a fine of five cows, and even removing a limb or branch would warrant a fine of some sort.”

All of that to say… I always think of apples on St. Patrick’s Day.

And much like our Irish Apple Cake, this Apple Crumble Cake is a bit of a marriage between that cake… and a coffee cake with its so delicious streusel topping.

Apple Crumble Cake Ingredients on a White Background

Irish Apple Crumble Cake Ingredients

The ingredients are simple but the buttery cake, sweetened with fresh apples, and warmed with cinnamon is anything but simple.

Gather these ingredients:

  • Butter (Irish butter is amazing if you have it)
  • Light brown sugar
  • Large eggs
  • All-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt
  • Ground cinnamon
  • 1 large fresh apple

Top view of Baked Apple Crumble Cake

How to Make the Apple Crumble Cake

Begin by making the crumble. Combine sugar, flour, and butter in a food processor or with your fingertips, until they resemble coarse crumbs. Set aside.

With an electric handheld mixer, cream the butter until it’s pale and fluffy, then beat in the brown sugar.

Next, add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until fully incorporated.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon; fold into the butter mixture. The batter will be very thick. Then fold in the chopped apples and transfer to an 8-inch cake pan, preferably with a removable bottom.

Sprinkle the crumble topping over the cake and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool before cutting into wedges and serving.

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Side view of sliced Apple Crumble Cake

 

Slice of Apple Crumble Cake with the whole cake in the background.

Irish Apple Crumble Cake

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This Irish Apple Crumble Cake is a moist and tender, buttery cake that's packed with fresh apples and topped with a delicious crumble. And easy? Oh my, yes. Delicious? Absolutely!

Ingredients

Apple Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and sliced

Crumble Topping

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and line an 8-inch round cake pan. Set aside.
  2. With an electric hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and light. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until fully incorporated.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon to the butter mixture. Stir until a smooth but thick cake batter forms. Fold in the apples and transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan. Use a spatula to evenly spread the batter to the edges of the pan.
  4. Using a hand mixer or pastry cutter, blend the crumble topping ingredients into coarse crumbles. This can also be done with your fingertips. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the cake batter.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan 10 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 373mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 5g

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