This is my mom’s favorite part of our annual “Irish Dinner”. It is so full of apples, I think it could go in the fruit category instead of cake… right? : )
And the smell that fills the kitchen when it’s baking? Brace yourself.
IRISH APPLE CAKE
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
6 firm apples
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup McCann’s Quick Cooking Irish Oatmeal, or quick oats*
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 by 13 inch pan with nonstick spray.
Core, peel, and chop apples. Set aside.
Cream together butter and sugars in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
Add in egg and vanilla, mix to combine.
Stir in baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, and oats.
Lastly, stir in apples. The batter will be more like chopped apples with a coating of batter.
Spread in prepared pan. Bake until lightly browned and toothpick comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Serve at room temperature with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
*You could omit the oats if you want and substitute an additional 1/2 cup flour. But they really do add a wonderful flavor. If you have neither Irish Oats or quick oats, you could use regular oats as well.