Posted by: marthabernie | November 18, 2014


I love apple cake…not the kind that is made with a spice cake, applesauce and lots of cinnamon.  I like the kind that is made in Ireland and has a light vanilla cake and real chunks of apple.  I have experimented over the years with dozens of recipes, but this is the one I like the best.  Dicey Reilly was a famed Dublin street character who was immortalized in a popular Dublin ballad:  “Poor old Dicey Reilly she has taken to the sup, Poor old Dicey Reilly she will never give it up!”  I have no idea why this particular cake is named after her, but it’s the best one I’ve tried over the last ten years or more.


1/2 pound unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

4 large eggs

1-1/4 cups cake flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 large apples, peeled and sliced thin

2 teaspoons sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

4 tablespoons Irish whiskey, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.  Combine flour and baking powder.  Fold into egg mixture, combining thoroughly.  Pour half the batter into a greased 9 or 10 inch springform pan.  Arrange 2/3 of the apple slices over batter.  Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.  Cover with remaining batter.  Place remaining apples on top of cake and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake in the middle of preheated oven for 50 minutes.  Remove from oven, let cool and sprinkle with Irish whiskey (optional).

NOTES:  I usually leave the cinnamon out and sometimes use light brown sugar instead of granulated sugar.  Also, I serve this warm with warm Irish custard on top or whipped cream.


  1. Reblogged this on Annette J Dunlea Irish Author's Literary Blog.


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