Irish Apple Cake Recipe with Vanilla Custard Sauce

Try this tempting Irish Apple Cake with Vanilla Custard Sauce that is perfect for any after meal dessert or on St Patrick's Day!
Course Dessert
Cuisine irish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 463kcal
Author Chef Billy Parisi


For the Cake:

  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar + 3 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 8 ounces of unsalted butter
  • 2 each peeled cored and sliced granny smith and golden delicious apples
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups of whole milk

For the Custard:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 375°.
  • Cake: Cream together the flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and butter until the butter is the size of rice. Fold in the apples.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs and milk and then combine it into the flour-butter mixture until combined. It should resemble a thick dough.
  • Transfer the mixture to a 9” greased spring form pan and bake in the oven at 375° for 40 to 50 minutes or until golden brown on top and firm in the center.
  • Cool completely to room temperature before slicing and serving.
  • Custard: Whisk together the egg yolks in a medium size bowl. Set aside.
  • Heat the milk and sugar in a medium size pan over medium heat just until lightly boiling.
  • Slowly pour the mixture into the bowl with the eggs while continually stirring and then pour the mixture back to the pan over low heat and stir until it becomes very thick, think alfredo sauce.
  • Finish by whisking in the vanilla and then pour a small amount over a cooled slice of cake.


Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 697IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 2mg