Baking || Irish Apple Cake

IMG_20160316_170102884St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and I wanted to bake something “Irish” for the occasion. I found this recipe from The View from Great Island via Pinterest. I did not make the custard sauce to go with it, but I did make the streusel topping and it is a delicious, not too sweet, spiced cake. It’s dense and the cinnamon reminds me of a coffee cake. This would probably be considered more of a fall recipe, but I say eat what you want, when you want! 🙂

Ingredients: 

Streusel: 

1/2 cup flour (The original recipe says 3/4, but I thought it was excessive)

1/4 cup rolled oats (I used plain old Quaker Oatmeal for this)

6 Tbsp unsalted cold butter, cut in small pieces

1/2 cup sugar

Cake:

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter at room temperature (I left it out for about 30 mins.)

1/2 cup sugar

2 large eggs

3 tbsp milk

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp salt

2-3 apples of your choice, peeled and thinly sliced

confectioner’s sugar for dusting

Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit
  2. Grease an 8 or 9 inch baking pan with butter.
  3. Make the streusel topping first by mixing the flour, sugar, and oats with your small pieces of butter until it is a coarse mixture and then refrigerate.
  4. Mix your room temperature stick of butter and sugar, and add in the eggs and milk until the mixture is light and fluffy. (I let my stand mixer do all the hard work.)
  5. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt, then fold the dry ingredients into your butter/sugar mixture. The batter will be thick.
  6. Spoon the batter into your greased cake pan and even it out.
  7. Create a layer of sliced apples on top of the batter. Put your streusel layer on top of the apples.
  8. Bake for about 50 minutes until light brown on top and a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Dust with confectioner’s sugar.
  10. Serve and enjoy!
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