Irish Apple Cake Donuts with Whiskey Glaze

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Irish Apple Cake Donuts with Whiskey Glaze
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My children, who are 4 and 6, are really into holidays. I know I am probably to blame for this, as there is something about having kids that brings out the holiday lover in me like nothing else. Suddenly it’s okay to do dorky things like hang Valentine’s banners, or force your family to wear coordinating outfits for the pictures that are sure to follow. And I love all that cheesy stuff, maybe a little too much. But, now that my kids are old enough to pick up on merchandising, their love of holidays has taken on a life of its own. It seems as soon as September arrives they’re counting down to Halloween, which jumps right to Thanksgiving and Christmas, and here we just finished Valentine’s day and already there’s Easter candy galore all over store shelves calling to them. It all gets to be a bit much for me, as their enthusiasm and intensity grows (and the candy from well-intended friends and family flows), but I try to remind myself of what that particular holiday is all about and take the time to teach my kids about it and celebrate it with fun and food (always the food!). St. Patrick’s day is no exception. Sure, leprechauns are sweet, as is pinching the nearest person not wearing green, and we always take some time to learn a bit more about Ireland and the incredible Saint Patrick, but my true affinity for the holiday lies in the food it offers. Any surprise there?

The buttery, brown sugared, tart apples cooked over the stove are tossed into the homemade cake batter...

Irish Apple Cake Donuts with Whiskey Glaze

I have made bangers and mash nearly every St. Patrick’s Day that I can remember and this year will be no different. (I’m excited to be sharing the recipe for that next week.)  Perhaps you make the ever popular corned beef and cabbage? Can we talk about Irish beer? Whatever you’re eating or drinking, there’s plenty to love about Irish food culture. This year I wanted to take our feasting to another level and find an Irish treat that was a  bit more authentic than a dyed green cupcake, so when Kroger asked us to come up with a St. Patrick’s day recipe I went straight for the sweet stuff. I even added a grown-up twist.  

Irish Apple Cake Donuts with Whiskey Glaze

In my research I discovered a traditional Irish apple cake and it looked so delicious I just had to try it. I decided to put my own twist on it, and just for fun turned it into a cake donut, because if there is anything in this world better than cake, it is most certainly doughnuts. My first batch was a huge success. My husband said he ate an embarrassing amount…which could be because I smothered them in a sweet glaze spiked with Irish whiskey. The buttery, brown sugared, tart apples cooked over the stove are tossed into the homemade cake batter, then prepared in a donut pan (which can also be picked up at your local Kroger store, they’re so handy like that). These Irish apple cake donuts make for the cutest little treats for St. Patrick’s Day Morning, but would be something I’d gladly eat as a guilty pleasure any day of the year, holiday or not. If serving to children, you can always omit the whiskey in the glaze and sub for milk. Enjoy.

Irish Apple Cake Donuts with Whiskey Glaze

This is a sponsored post written by TMP on behalf of Kroger/Fred Meyer. The opinions and text are all ours.

Irish Apple Cake Donuts with Whiskey Glaze

Serves 12


3 cups granny smith apples, peeled, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 eggs beaten
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup whole milk

Whiskey Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp Irish whiskey, optional (substitute with 2 tbsp milk if omitting whiskey)
2 tbsp whole milk


  1. In a frying pan, set over medium heat, melt 2 tbsp butter. Add apples and brown sugar to the butter and saute for 7-10 minutes, until the apples are tender with a slight bite to them. Turn off heat and set apples aside.
  2. Heat oven to 425° F.
  3. In a mixing bowl sift flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the eggs, with the sugar. Add the melted butter and vanilla and stir to combine. Add the whole milk, mix until fully incorporated. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the eggs mixture and stir until just combined and there are no more dry bits left. Add the apples to the batter.
  4. Spray a donut pan, or muffin tin with cooking spray and fill ⅔ of the way full with batter. Bake donuts for 10 minutes or until they bounce back when poked with your finger.
  5. In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar with whiskey and 2 tbsp milk. Dip warm donuts into the glaze and allow to cool. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon or nutmeg and serve.