Festive St. Patrick’s Day Treats


A slice of Irish Apple Cake, photo provided by Maeve Bauer.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this delicious dessert! 

Authentic Irish Apple Cake

Cake Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced

Streusel Topping Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 6 tbsp unsalted cold butter, cut in small pieces
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

Custard Sauce Ingredients:

  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 6 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla



  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9 inch springform pan.
  2. Make the custard sauce: Bring milk to a simmer over medium heat. In a separate bowl, whisk the yolks and sugar until well combined. Drizzle some of the hot milk into the egg mixture. Whisk constantly. Drizzle a little more, then add the mixture into the pan of hot milk and continue to stir until the mixture thickens and turns velvety. Lastly, stir in the vanilla.
  3. Pour the custard through a sieve into a bowl and cover. Cool in the refrigerator. 
  4. To make the streusel topping, blend the flour, oats, butter, and sugar until the mixture has a crumbly texture. Put it in the refrigerator. 
  5. To make the cake, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. 
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mixture, along with the milk. 
  7. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and top with the sliced apples and then the streusel topping. 
  8. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until the top is lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean. 
  9. Let cool and enjoy! 


Recipe from theviewfromgreatisland.com by Sue Moran