IRISH APPLE CAKE WITH CUSTARD SAUCE

This irish apple cake with custard sauce is authentic, rich, dense, and delicious! Perfect for St. Patrick's Day or as a way to use up apples in the fall!

IRISH APPLE CAKE WITH CUSTARD SAUCE

INGREDIENTS
FOR THE CAKE:
  1. 3 C. Flour
  2. 2 t. Baking Powder
  3. ⅛ t. Salt
  4. ¼ t. Cloves, ground
  5. ¼ t. Nutmeg, ground
  6. 6 oz. Butter, (cold is fine)
  7. ¾ C. Sugar
  8. 4 large Granny Smith apples(I used golden delicious to great effect)
  9. 2 Eggs
  10. ¾ C. Milk
  11. 2 T. Sugar(for sprinkling on top of cake)

FOR THE CUSTARD:
  1. 6 large Egg Yolks
  2. 6 T. Sugar
  3. 1½ C. Whole Milk
  4. 1½ t. Vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS
FOR THE CAKE:
  • Grease and flour an 8" or 9" round springform pan. Using an 8" pan will give you a taller cake.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, cloves and nutmeg into a large mixing bowl. Make sure the bowl is very large to allow room for the apples to be folded in.
  • Cut the butter into the flour using your fingers or a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  • Add the ¾ C. sugar to the flour mixture and mix in.
  • Peel the apples and slice them into uniform pieces. This cake works best and gets that 'chunky apple look' if the slices are about ¼" wide and then cut into 3 pieces.
  • Toss the apples into the flour mixture and combine them thoroughly.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and milk together. Add to the apples and flour and mix in with a large spatula until just combined. Batter will be thick and dough-like.
  • Transfer the dough into the prepared cake pan and flatten the top surface using the back of your spatula.
  • Sprinkle the sugar over the top of the cake.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes. Test the center for doneness. The top of the cake should be golden brown. Serve slices with custard sauce.