Irish Apple Cake


With St Paddy’s day coming up, I thought I’d come up with an Irish dessert recipe to celebrate. It seems like “Irish” dessert recipes are either full of green food coloring or full of whiskey. I opted for a PURER Irish dessert which is an Apple Cake topped with Custard.

I thought this cake might be boring but it’s absolutely delicious! The Granny Smith Apple slices are perfectly softened when baked in the light and spongey cake batter. Thanks to a nice sprinklin’ of sugar and nutmeg on top of the cake batter, there’s a yummy, pretty, and crunchy topping when baked. I like to use a square baking pan for this recipe since I think it shows off the apple slices best in a sorta casually elegant way…

To top things off, I make a ridiculously easy vanilla custard. You could also serve the cake with vanilla ice cream but I think it’s so fun to go alllll traditional with this Irish classic! You’ll always want to have pudding on top of cake instead of frosting from now on.

Let’s get started!

Irish Apple Cake


Apple Cake Batter:

3 cups all purpose flour

2 tbsp baking powder

3/4 cup full fat coconut milk

2 tbsp coconut vinegar

4 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

1/2 tsp vanilla extract 

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 cup + 1 tbsp room temperature vegan butter

3/4 cup sugar

4 large granny smith apples

Cake Sugar Topping: 

2 tbsp sugar 

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 


1/3 cup sugar

2 tbsp + 1 tsp cornstarch

3/4 cup soymilk

3/4 cup full fat coconut milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp butter 


make the Irish Apple Cake:

1.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a square 8x8 baking pan spray pan with nonstick spray, and coat with flour. Line with a parchment paper cake circle. 

2.) Using a large measuring cup, whisk together the full fat coconut milk and coconut vinegar until foamy. Set aside and proceed with next steps.

3.) Skin and core green apples. Slice them into thin, bite size slices. Think fruit salad size. Place in bowl and set aside. 

4.) In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. 

5.) Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar for about two minutes. Add in the milk-vinegar mixture, applesauce, and vanilla extract and mix for one more minute. 

6.) Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir with a rubber spatula until ingredients are just combined. Gently fold in apple slices. 

7.) Pour the batter into baking pan. Combine the sugar and nutmeg and sprinkle evenly on top of batter. 

8.) Bake cake for 50-55 minutes. To make sure cake is done, poke a toothpick in the center of cake to see if there’s cake batter still. 

9.) Remove cake from oven and allow to cool one hour before serving. 

While cake is cooling, prepare Vanilla Custard:

1.) In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, salt, and cornstarch. 

2.) On medium heat, whisk in the soymilk and coconut milk. 

3.) Stir constantly until the mixture thickens into pudding, about five minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and butter. 

4.) Unless using custard right away, cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until serving. 


Slice Irish Apple Cake into 9 squares. Top each square with a spoonful of custard.

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