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an apple cider bundt cake on a round wire cooling rack

Apple Cider Cake

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Inspired by a baked apple cider donut, this apple cider cake is super moist, coated in cinnamon sugar, and topped in an apple cider glaze. It’s basically a giant donut in bundt cake form!


Apple Cider Cake

  • 3 cups (395g) all purpose flour (see notes for GF version)
  • 3/4 cup (150g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (240g) apple cider
  • 1/2 cup (125g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup (225g) vegetable oil 
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp apple cider
  • 1/3 cup (70g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Apple Cider Glaze

  • 1 cup (100g) powdered sugar
  • 34 tsp apple cider


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and coat the inside of a 10-cup bundt pan with nonstick spray and dust with a light layer of flour.
  2. In a large bowl, sift in the flour and then whisk together with the brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together all of the wet ingredients (apple cider, applesauce, oil, eggs, and vanilla).
  4. Pour the wet into the dry and use a whisk to gently combine. 
  5. Pour the batter into the prepped bundt pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  6. Allow the cake to cool for 15 minutes then turn it out onto a cooling rack.
  7. Once it has cooled slightly(about 30 minutes), prep the coating.
  8. Mix together the melted butter and apple cider in a small cup or bowl. Do the same for the cinnamon and sugar in another bowl.
  9. Brush the butter and apple cider mixture over the entire cake with a pastry brush, using up every last drop.
  10. Quickly switch to the cinnamon sugar and press it into every inch of the cake.
  11. Drizzle on the apple cider glaze before serving. Mix the two ingredients together, adding one tsp of apple cider at a time until you reach the perfect consistency. It should be pourable but not too thin.
  12. Enjoy!


  1. To make this gluten free: Swap the 3 cups of all purpose flour with 3 cups of a cup for cup gluten free baking flour. The rest of the recipe remains the same, but bake the cake for an extra 5 minutes
  2. To make this dairy free: Swap the butter for plant-based butter
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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