• Irish Apple Cake with Whisky Cream

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    Irish Apple Cake with Whisky Cream
    Prep: 20 min Cook: 45 min Servings: 10
    by Nancy Miyasaki
    193 recipes
    Most Irish have a sweet tooth, and this tasty dessert will satisfy it. Legendary Irish cook Myrtle Allen says "Homemade Apple Cakes are the most popular sweet in Ireland." Try this one and you will understand why!


    • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 4 Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled, and diced (2 cups)
    • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for serving (we used Whisky Whipped Cream)
    • Whisky Whipped Cream:
    • 2 cups heavy cream
    • 2 Tbsp honey
    • 2 Tbsp Irish Whiskey (or other Whiskey)


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease an 8-inch square cake pan.
    2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg, apples, nuts, and vanilla and stir well. Sift in dry ingredients and mix well. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake until cake is lightly browned and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then unmold and serve hot or cold with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, or with the Whisky Whipped Cream.
    3. (note: I made a few hours in advance, and by the time I served it the cake had settle and cracked a bit. It still tasted phenomenal, but this might happen if you don't serve soon after removing from the oven).
    4. To make the whipped cream, Start by chilling a clean stainless steel bowl, a whisk, and the cream in the refrigerator or freezer for 10 or 20 minutes. Let them get nice and cold, but not frozen. (Cream is easier to whip when cold.)
    5. Pour the cream, when chilled, in the bowl and start whisking. Hold the whisk like a dagger, with the wire part pointing down, and use your wrist and elbow for the motion, not your shoulder.
    6. Stick the whisk in the bowl at an angle and draw it through the cream in quick, sharp motions.
    7. Alternate between circular motions and straight ones. Switch hands to lessen fatigue.
    8. It will take 3 or 4 minutes to whip a cup of cream. At first bubbles will appear on the surface of the cream, then it will start to become foamy, then volume will begin to build. As volume builds, the cream will pass through several degrees of stiffness. Light and foamy is best for topping cakes and desserts as an accompaniment.
    9. When the cream is whipped, stir in the honey and whisky until it is thoroughly blended.
    10. Serve the Whiskey Whipped Cream in a bowl next to the Apple Cake.

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    • laurel lee
      laurel lee
      Loved loved loved this - and so did my family. Great with the whipped cream.
      Hint - the whiskey whipped cream was incredible in my coffee too.
      • Yvette Bedrosian
        Yvette Bedrosian
        Delicious! What I liked about this apple cake was that it wasn't too sweet. I guess the granny smith apples provide a little tartness. Of course, when you add the whip cream, you'll satisfy anyone's sweet tooth.
        • mike
          it looks really good!
          • Aspen Lee-Moulden
            Aspen Lee-Moulden
            I made this recipe for St. Patrick's Day. I doubled it and adjusted the sugar, to be 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup applesauce (in addition to the apples). It was fantastic. Very moist, kids loved it. It also made a great snack fro the kids.
            • Erin S.
              Erin S.
              I baked the cake in an 8-inch square glass Pyrex dish, greased it with Crisco and floured it, and it didn't crack. The only deviation to the recipe was that I used 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar instead of honey in the whipped cream. It was marvelous! I can't wait to try the rest of the whipped cream in my coffee. This is a new family favorite!
              • Jo T Larney
                Jo T Larney
                look forward to making this removing all the cream from the recipe


                • ShaleeDP
                  This looks good. I like a bit of alcohol beverage in my dishes. This interests me.

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