Irish Apple Cake

This is a recipe for bars, not really a cake, and they are made with applesauce not chopped apples.  Dating back to the 1950’s,  these are one of our favorites, easy to make, and they are always a big hit at potlucks. I hope that you enjoy it!

3 c. all-purpose flout

3/4 c. granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

3 egg yolks (use large eggs)

1 c. butter or margarine at room temperature

rind of a lemon

1 3/4 c. applesauce

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Preheat the oven to 350°.

  • Mix together the flour, sugar, salt, egg yolks, butter and lemon rind until the mixture is crumbly.  The crumbs will be fine.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom of a 13″ x 9″ baking pan (ungreased).  Make sure that the mixture is even across the bottom of the pan.
  • In another bowl mix together the applesauce, cinnamon and cloves.
  • Pour the applesauce mixture over the flour mixture that you pressed in the pan.
  • Spread the balance of the dry flour mixture over the applesauce, making sure that you cover the entire area.

Place in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 40 – 45 minutes or until the bars are a light brown color.

Remove from the oven and let the bars cool for approximately 10 minutes before cutting.

These bars are great from the oven, and make a great dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!


2 responses to “Irish Apple Cake

  1. These bars sound so delicious, with the applesauce making them moist and the cinnamon and cloves giving them lots of great flavor. I bet they are delicious with vanilla ice cream. Definitely saving this one for a Sunday afternoon!

  2. oh yeah, a scoop of vanilla ice cream for sure!!! Heaven!