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Irish Apple Cake


"Wonderful with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Just a touch of spice and the lemon is a nice touch to set off the applesauce. Hope you enjoy. Top with whipped cream or lemon sauce."
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55 m servings 490 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 9x9-inch cake)


  • Calories:
  • 490 kcal
  • 25%
  • Fat:
  • 25.2 g
  • 39%
  • Carbs:
  • 61.1g
  • 20%
  • Protein:
  • 6.2 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 138 mg
  • 46%
  • Sodium:
  • 314 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Grease a 9x9-inch baking pan.
  3. Mix flour, sugar, and salt together in a bowl.
  4. Beat in egg yolks, butter, and lemon zest until dough is thoroughly mixed.
  5. Mix applesauce, cinnamon, and cloves together in a small bowl.
  6. Press half the dough into the prepared baking pan; spread applesauce mixture over dough in a layer. Top with remaining dough.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until cake is browned, 40 to 45 minutes.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

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  1. 23 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

Topping this cake is key. By itself, it's a bit dry, but has a nice flavor. I sprinkled the top of the cake with a little cinnamon before baking and served the cake with a tart lemon sauce.

Most helpful critical review

I thought this was just OK. Cooked for five minutes longer than suggested and the "dough" was still a bit underdone. that being said this is not at all a cake consistency. It really is a dough r...

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Topping this cake is key. By itself, it's a bit dry, but has a nice flavor. I sprinkled the top of the cake with a little cinnamon before baking and served the cake with a tart lemon sauce.

Made for Recipe Group. I thought this was good, nice lemony flavor in the background. I made it in an 8x8 pan. I sprinkled cinnamon sugar over natural applesauce and on the top. I just mixed the...

Recipe Group Selection: 08, March 2014 ~ I am glad I waited to write the review about this cake. The first night we tried it was the day I baked it. We found it to be a little dry, even with ...

This cake needs to be made a day in advance. After it came out of the oven and cooled, it was bland and not very good. I wrapped it up and figured it would probably be thrown away, but the next ...

Wow, this is really good! I used unsweetened applesauce and it still came out tasting sweet. It was not dry at all. I rarely have lemons on hand so I used about 2-3 Tbs lemon juice. The tast...

Made this for Recipe Group...Delicious! I didn't have a 9x9 square baking pan, so I used a 9" round pan and that worked well, except I had some 'dough' left over, but that was fine. This baked u...

This is sooooo good.

Recipe Group selection for March 8, 2014 – Many of the reviews commented that the cake was dry; therefore I used 2 cups of applesauce and made sure to remove the cake from the oven just as the e...