Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this authentic Irish Apple Cake! Hearty, moist, and full of sweet apples, served with a creamy whiskey hard sauce.

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I made this Irish Apple Cake for St. Patrick's Day, but honestly it was so good I'd eat it any time of year! There was just a hint of cinnamon, allowing the tart apple flavor to really shine. The whiskey hard sauce was the perfect creamy compliment! food desserts cake #ad @stemilt

I’m so excited March is finally here, because that means I can finally start sharing St. Patrick’s day recipes! And I really think you’re going to love this authentic Irish apple cake. It’s such a great way to celebrate the holiday!

I made this Irish Apple Cake for St. Patrick's Day, but honestly it was so good I'd eat it any time of year! There was just a hint of cinnamon, allowing the tart apple flavor to really shine. The whiskey hard sauce was the perfect creamy compliment! food desserts cake #ad @stemilt

But truly, this is the kind of cake you could enjoy just about any time of year. It’s moist, hearty, and just bursting with tart, juicy Stemilt apples. The more apples the better, in my opinion!

This Irish apple cake packs in FOUR Granny Smiths, and the almost bread-y texture of the cake is a perfect foil. It really stands up to all that fruit.

I made this Irish Apple Cake for St. Patrick's Day, but honestly it was so good I'd eat it any time of year! There was just a hint of cinnamon, allowing the tart apple flavor to really shine. The whiskey hard sauce was the perfect creamy compliment! food desserts cake #ad @stemilt

There’s just a hint of warm spice in this recipe. Just enough to bring out the best in the fruit. This cake is really meant to be all about the apples, and boy is it! They really shine in this authentic Irish dessert.

Before it goes into the oven, the top of the cake gets a generous sprinkling of granulated sugar, for crunch and a beautiful sparkling crust. It’s fantastic!

Serve yourself a slice, over a pool of creamy whiskey hard sauce. The caramel notes in the whiskey compliment the apples in the most delicious way!

I made this Irish Apple Cake for St. Patrick's Day, but honestly it was so good I'd eat it any time of year! There was just a hint of cinnamon, allowing the tart apple flavor to really shine. The whiskey hard sauce was the perfect creamy compliment! food desserts cake #ad @stemilt

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Irish Apple Cake with Whiskey Hard Sauce

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this authentic Irish Apple Cake! Hearty, moist, and full of sweet apples, served with a creamy whiskey hard sauce.

Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 50 minutes Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Serves 8 to 10     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • a few scratches of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk*
  • 4 Stemilt Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Please visit Stemilt’s blog, The Stem, for more info and the full recipe with directions.

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Recipe Notes

*If you don’t have buttermilk, you can substitute by stirring 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice or white vinegar into 1 1/2 cups of regular milk.  Allow the mixture to stand for 5 minutes, or until thickened and slightly curdled.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 460kcal Calories from fat 174
% Daily Value
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 215mg 9%
Carbohydrate 66g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 28g
Protein 6g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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I made this Irish Apple Cake for St. Patrick's Day, but honestly it was so good I'd eat it any time of year! There was just a hint of cinnamon, allowing the tart apple flavor to really shine. The whiskey hard sauce was the perfect creamy compliment! food desserts cake #ad @stemilt