Irish Apple Cake with Whiskey Sultanas
Irish Apple Cake with Whiskey Sultanas

Irish Apple Cake with Whiskey Sultanas

This moist and light cake is the perfect treat on rainy days. In the unlikely event of leftovers, just wrap it in baking parchment and keep in an airtight container for up to four days.
Total Time
1 Hour 35 Minutes
55g of sultanas
3 tbsp of Irish whisky
225g of unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
225g caster sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for the apples
3 eggs
2 tsp of vanilla paste or extract
225g of self raising flour
1 tsp of baking powder
4 dessert apples, peeled and cored, 2 sliced and 2 diced
2 tbsp of demerara sugar
Icing sugar, for dusting
Step 1

Preheat the oven to 170C (375F/Gas Mark 5). Grease a deep 23cm loose-bottomed cake tin and line with baking parchment.

Step 2

Mix together the sultanas and whiskey together in a small bowl and set aside to soak while you make the cake.

Step 3

Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl, food processor or free-standing mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla paste or extract.

Step 4

Sift the flour and baking powder into the batter and pulse or lightly mix until combined. Then add the chopped apple, sultanas and whiskey and combine until just mixed. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and smooth the top.

Step 5

Lay the sliced apples on top of the cake, pushing them in slightly. Sprinkle with the caster sugar and then the demerara sugar.

Step 6

Bake on the bottom shelf of the preheated oven for 60-75 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Keep an eye on the cake and if you need to turn it around in the oven to ensure even colouring then do so.

Step 7

Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 20mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool further.

Step 8

Dust with icing sugar before serving.

Recipe courtesy of The Irish Bakery 

Recipes by Cherie Denham. Photography by Andrew Montgomery. Essays by Kitty Corrigan. Published by Montgomery Press.

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