Apple Cider Donut Cake

Introducing the scrumptious Apple Cider Donut Cake – a delightful creation capturing the essence of fall in a single, comforting dessert. Imagine the nostalgic flavors of apple cider blended with the beloved texture of a classic donut, all in one moist and indulgent cake. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy and Effortless: This recipe is a breeze to whip up, making it perfect for those who want a delicious treat without spending hours in the kitchen.
  • Deliciously Sweet: Dive into a world of sweetness with every bite, as this cake combines warm spices, reduced apple cider, and a touch of bourbon for a flavor explosion.
  • Versatile for Various Occasions: Whether you’re hosting a fall-themed gathering, celebrating Thanksgiving, or having a casual get-together, this Apple Cider Donut Cake is the ideal dessert.
  • Perfect for Sharing: The warmth of autumn flavors makes this cake a wonderful treat to share with friends and family, creating lasting memories.
  • Creative Adaptations: Feel free to experiment! Add diced apples, chopped nuts, or a caramel drizzle to elevate the texture and complexity of flavors.

What You Need To Make Apple Cider Donut Cake

  • Measuring cups/spoons 
  • Bundt pan 
  • Medium stock pot 
  • Mixing bowls 
  • Nonstick baking spray 
  • Wire rack 

Ingredients You Need To Make Apple Cider Donut Cake

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Allspice
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Eggs
  • Applesauce
  • Apple cider
  • Bourbon
  • Vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil
  • Butter (for the topping)
  • Sugar (for the topping)
  • Ground cinnamon (for the topping)

How To Make Apple Cider Donut Cake

  1. Preheat the oven and prep your bundt pan with nonstick baking spray.
  2. Reduce bourbon and apple cider, then let it cool.
  3. Mix wet and dry ingredients separately, combine, and pour into the bundt pan.
  4. Bake until a skewer comes out clean, cool, then add the delicious topping.

Commonly Asked Questions

What makes this cake unique compared to traditional apple-based desserts? 

Its blend of warm spices, tangy richness from reduced apple cider, and the moistness reminiscent of a donut create a distinctive experience.

Are there variations or creative adaptations one can experiment with in this recipe? 

Absolutely! Enhance the cake by adding diced apples, chopped nuts, or a caramel drizzle to the batter for added texture and flavor complexity. 

How can one adjust the recipe to cater to dietary preferences such as gluten-free or dairy-free? 

For a gluten-free version, substitute all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. For a dairy-free option, replace butter with a dairy-free alternative and use dairy-free milk or apple juice instead of bourbon. 

What is the process of reducing apple cider? 

 To reduce the apple cider, simmer it in a saucepan over medium heat until it reduces to 1 cup, concentrating its flavors while adding a natural sweetness to the cake. 

What are some common pitfalls to avoid while baking this Apple Cider Donut Cake? 

Overbaking can result in a dry cake, while undermixing or unevenly distributing the batter can affect its texture. Ensure accurate measurements and don’t overmix the batter. 

How can additional toppings or garnishes enhance the presentation and flavor of this cake? 

Brushing the cake with melted butter and sprinkling cinnamon-sugar on top adds a delightful crunch and enhances its visual appeal, resembling the beloved flavors of a classic donut. 

Apple Cider Donut Cake

Apple Cider Donut Cake

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Savor the essence of fall with our Apple Cider Donut Cake, a delightful fusion of warm spices, reduced apple cider, and moist donut-like texture, topped with a cinnamon-sugar sprinkle for a comforting and indulgent treat.


Apple Cider Donut Cake

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 1 tbsp bourbon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vegetable oil


  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


Making the Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F and spray a bundt pan with nonstick baking spray.
  2. In a medium stock pot, reduce the bourbon and apple cider to 1 cup over medium heat. Partially cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine oil, sugars, eggs, apple cider, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients, then add to the wet mixture. Mix until incorporated and pour into the bundt pan.
  4. Bake for 55-65 minutes. Test with a skewer inserted halfway through the cake; it should come out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then flip onto a wire rack to cool completely.


  1. Mix cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. Brush melted butter on the cake's exterior and sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mix on top.
  2. Enjoy your Apple Cider Donut Cake!

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Embrace the fall vibes with this easy, delicious, and versatile Apple Cider Donut Cake. Share it with your loved ones and let the delightful flavors create moments of joy and togetherness.

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