Irish Potato Apple Cake

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Last Updated on January 12, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Irish Potato Apple Cake is basically a covered apple pie, however with a low fat pie crust using potato for moisture instead of butter.


Irish Potato Apple Cake

Smartphones have made all of our lives easier. Texting, Emailing, Calendar Management and the list goes on. One of the things I use my smartphone for is taking photos of a few recipes when I don’t want to buy the whole cookbook. Browsing in the bookstore a few weeks ago, I photographed a few recipes from Real Irish Food by David Bowers. This was one of them, with a few minor adaptations by me.

Have you ever thought about using potato in a pastry crust – What an ingenious idea! Since the potato gives it such a soft texture, the large amount of butter usually used in pastry crusts is not here. Therefore, this cake will have half the fat usually found in Apple Pie, which this dessert is related to.

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I have made this a few times. The first time I used a standard pie plate and I felt like the crust was too thick.

Now when I made it, I use a larger 10″ slightly deep dish pie plate and I prefer the way this Irish Potato Apple Cake comes out when using this type of pie plate.



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Irish Potato Apple Cake

Irish Potato Apple Cake is basically a an apple pie with a potato crust. A lower fat version of an apple pie.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time2 hours
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Irish Cuisine
Servings: 12
Calories: 170.41kcal


  • Crust Ingredients:
  • 25 oz. peeled potatoes 28 oz. before peeling
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • additional 1 cup or more of all purpose flour
  • Filling Ingredients:
  • 6 large apples about 2 1/4 lbs., peeled and thinly sliced
  • 5 tablespoons all purpose flour divided
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • Topping Ingredients:
  • milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  • Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender. Drain and mash with butter, salt, sugar and ginger.
  • Add flour a little at a time, until you have a soft, pliable dough.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap or a ziploc bag. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Using a mandolin, slice the apples.
  • Toss apples with 3 tablespoons of the flour, brown sugar and nutmeg.
  • On a well floured board, knead flour into the dough so it is not sticky, about 1/2 cup.
  • Divide dough in half, with one half being slightly larger.
  • On a well floured board and with flour sprinkle on top, take the smaller half and knead into a ball.
  • Spray a pie plate well with non stick spray.
  • Transfer the ball of dough to the pie plate. Sprinkle a little flour on top and using your fingertips, press the dough into the pie plate on the bottom and up the sides.. Use floured hands and add more flour as needed.
  • Add apples on top.
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons flour on top.
  • On a well floured board, roll out the larger half of the dough to a large circle to cover the cake, adding more flour as needed.
  • With the help of a dough scraper, fold the dough in half and transfer to pie plate.
  • If the dough sticks together, using well floured hands, press the dough out until it is smooth on top and is sealed with the bottom crust at the edges.
  • Brush the top with milk and sprinkle with sugar.
  • With a sharp knife, make an X in the middle.
  • Bake for 1 hour.
  • Chill completely before slicing.


I used mostly Idaho potatoes, but one Yukon Gold. You will need about 4 large potatoes.
When adding the flour to make the dough, mix until just combined. If you keep on kneading, the dough will get sticky and you will feel the need to keep on adding flour.
This is a VERY STICKY DOUGH, so you will need to constantly be adding flour and using floured hands to knead.


Calories: 170.41kcal | Carbohydrates: 36.28g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 2.23g | Saturated Fat: 1.28g | Sodium: 199.93mg | Fiber: 3.48g | Sugar: 14.3g
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  1. LOL "One of the things I use my smartphone for is taking photos of a few recipes when I don't want to buy the whole cookbook." I'm guilty of doing this too 🙂

    Love this recipe. I've never heard of anything like this before. would be really interesting to try out

  2. Nice recipe Mir.Wondering how it would taste with apples and potato! And I am too hesitant to click recipes with my mobile but would try it sometime if I find a really good recipe…

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