Around the World in 12 Dishes: Ireland: Apple Cake

Juggling With Kids still has a couple of countries to catch up on with our Around the World in 12 Dishes series…however we are kicking a second season with our Around the World in 12 Dishes team.  This season is starting out in Ireland.  Desserts and beverages made from apples are very popular in Ireland, so we decided to try this ultimate Irish Apple Cake recipe that I found on  To learn more about Ireland print out this passport, created by Glittering Muffins.  They also created this wonderful place mat for the children to color while they eat their Irish recipe.


  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened (room temperature)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten (room temperature)
  • 4 granny smith apples, cored, peeled and diced (2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour


First preheat the oven to 350°F.  Then core, peel and dice 2 cups of apples.

Next, generously grease an 8-inch square cake pan.

In a large bowl, cream the 4 Tablespoons of  butter and 1 cup of sugar together until light and fluffy.

Add one egg,

1/4 cup chopped walnuts, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract,

and 2 cups of apples and stir well.

Sift in the dry ingredients

and mix well.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake about 45 minutes, until the cake is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let the cake set in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove from pan.

Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Yummy! My daughter and I really enjoyed this cake.  My son wasn’t too interested, but only because he’s never interested in any baked goods with fruit.

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