Irish Apple Cake

Published by Recently Empty Nested

apple cake

One of my grandfather’s specialties was his raw apple cake. I could devour half a cake by myself if allowed! I have tried over the years to replicate my grandpa’s recipe and this one comes the closest.

This raw apple cake recipe has all the moist, spicy, apple flavor grandpa’s did without the chocolate frosting he sometimes added to the top of his–don’t ask, who knows why. I always scraped it off! This cake has become a favorite of our entire family-even our dogs get one slice on their birthday! I think my grandfather would have liked that!Enjoy!


  • 1 stick of butter
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour, sifted
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup peeled, cored, and sliced cooking apples (About 1 apple)


  1. Preheat oven to 360°F.
  2. Using butter, grease an 8 inch round baking pan with a removable bottom (spring form pan).
  3. With an electric mixer beat butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until they are incorporated.
  4. With a spatula or wooden spoon, fold through the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon until you have a thick cake batter. Fold in apple slices and pour batter into cake pan. Spread to smooth.
  5. Bake in the oven 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and leave to cool.