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Irish Apple Crumble Cake


A moist apple cake chock full of delicious Irish cooking apples, topped with a sweet crunchy crumble. A great recipe for St. Patrick's Day!

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  • 4 ounces butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 5 ounces soft light brown sugar
  • 2 large free range eggs
  • 7 ounces plain flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 11 ounces peeled, cored and sliced cooking apple (Shouldn’t be more than one large apple)
  • 2 ounces vanilla sugar (or substitute caster sugar)
  • 2 ounces plain flour
  • 2 ounces butter


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Step 1

Preheat the oven to 360°F, grease and line a 8-inch cake tin with a removable base. With an electric hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale.

Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until they are incorporated.

In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until you have a thick cake batter.

Stir in the apple slices and pour the batter into the cake tin.
The batter will be thick, so use a spatula to spread across the base of the tin.

Using a hand blender with a food processor attachment, blend the ingredients for the crumble topping until you get left with rough crumbs. You can also do this by hand in a bowl using your fingertips to combine the ingredients together.

Sprinkle the crumble topping on top of the batter.

Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

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