Irish Apple Cake with Whiskey Hard Sauce
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

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.

Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Apple, Cake, hard sauce, Irish, whiskey
Servings: 10
Calories: 365 kcal
  • 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
  • 1/4 teasppon ground nutmeg (a few scratches of freshly grated nutmeg)
  • 3/4 cup 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
  1. Please visit Stemilt’s blog, The Stem, for more info and the full recipe with directions.
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
Irish Apple Cake with Whiskey Hard Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 365 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 93mg 4%
Potassium 230mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 51g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 25g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 10.8%
Vitamin C 4.1%
Calcium 7.6%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.