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Irish Apple Cake With Custard Sauce


Enjoy this Irish apple cake with custard sauce on St. Patrick’s Day! This easy apple cake is baked in circular cake pan and coated with vanilla custard sauce before serving. Even though it’s called a cake, it has the flavor and texture of scones or quick bread since it doesn’t have nearly the same sugar-to-other-ingredients ratio as typical American cakes. However, don’t let that deter you from giving it a shot! Even if it isn’t as sweet as an Irish dish, the crackly sugar on top and the creamy, sweet vanilla custard sauce surely classify this as an Irish dessert in my food blog post.


Irish Apple Cake



Pro Tips of How To Make This Recipe

  • Make sure you use the right amount of flour. Always double-check your flour measurements. For the best accuracy, I recommend using a kitchen scale.
  • Ingredients should be kept at room temperature. Make sure your cake ingredients are at room temperature for a thoroughly creamed batter that rises properly.
  • Do not overmix the ingredients. When it comes to baking, overmixing can result in an excessive amount of gluten. So I only whisk until the flour is all incorporated, and then I stop.
  • Make sure your mesh sieve is set up over a dish and that you have an ice bath ready. This will be a simple way to finish the custard as well as a simple way to serve it.
  • Cook the custard over low heat. It scrambled the first time I made it because I cooked it on medium for too long!! As a result, you should keep it at a lower temperature and not rush it.
  • If you’re scared that your homemade sauce will curdle, don’t be. If you use a stick blender, it will come back together. If it curdles, you can combine it in a food processor until it’s smooth.

irish apple cake

Irish Apple Cake with Custard Sauce

This is a mildly sweetened dish that's excellent for commemorating St. Patrick's Day or for eating throughout the colder months. This quick, tasty delicacy is studded with diced apples and served with delightful vanilla sauce!
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish Cuisine
Servings 17 Servings
Calories 4666 kcal



  • 24 oz cake flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar granulated
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 5 oz butter melted or cooled
  • 2 oz vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 oz whole milk
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 apples granny smith, peeled and diced
  • 4 tsp sugar granulated, sprinkle over the top

Custard Sauce:

  • 12 oz whole milk
  • 8 tbsp sugar granulated
  • 7 large egg yolks
  • 2-3 tsp vanilla extract


For The Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. 
  • Whisk together the sugar, cake flour, salt, cloves, baking powder, and nutmeg in a large mixing dish.
  • Combine together the oil, melted butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla extract in a separate dish.
  • Peel and slice the apples, then slice into bite-size slices and toss with the flour mixture.
  • Stir the milk mixture into the flour and apple mixture just until mixed to form a sticky dough.
  • Spread the batter into the prepared pan, spreading to the borders and topping with the remaining sugar on top.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and baked for 50 minutes, or until a wooden skewer in the middle pulls out cleanly.

For the Custard Sauce:

  • In a heavy-bottomed medium-sized saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until bubbles emerge around the pan's edges.
  • In the meantime, whisk together the sugar and egg yolks for 2-3 minutes, or until the liquid is slightly thicker and pale yellow.
  • To temper, the egg yolks, slowly whisk about half of the heated milk into the egg/sugar combination.
  • In a saucepan, place again the remaining milk and tempered yolks in medium heat. Mix well until the custard starts to thicken.
  • Remove the custard sauce from the heat and mix in the vanilla bean paste or extract. 
  • Serve right away!


Calories: 4666kcalCarbohydrates: 847gProtein: 141gFat: 79gSaturated Fat: 30gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14gMonounsaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1849mgSodium: 1913mgPotassium: 3057mgFiber: 43gSugar: 311gVitamin A: 4095IUVitamin C: 50mgCalcium: 1847mgIron: 15mg
Keyword apple, cake
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