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Kerry Apple Cake

Kerry Apple Cake

This traditional Irish cake has become very popular in the last few years. This is an incredibly light and moist cake with a crisp, moreish topping. It is best served with warm custard or natural yoghurt.

Serves: 10
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes



For the batter:

  • 180g butter
  • 180g light golden sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 300g cooking apples, peeled and diced into 2cm chunks
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp milk

For the crumble topping:

  • 75g butter
  • 75g light golden sugar
  • 50g plain flour
  • 25g rolled oats


  1. Preheat range to 200C.
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar until slightly paler in colour. Add the eggs one at a time.
  3. Toss the apples in a bowl with the flour and spices to prevent them sinking to the bottom of the tin.
  4. Pour the apple and flour mixture into the wet mixture and stir until just combined. This will prevent the gluten building up in your flour which will provide a chewy rather than light texture. Pour the mixture into a 20cm cake tin.
  5. Next, simply put all the ingredients for the topping into a bowl and rub together until it becomes a sandy mixture.
  6. Pour the cake mixture into a greased cake tin, sprinkle the crumble on top and place in the top oven for 40 minutes.
  7. Serve with custard or yoghurt.