This Apple Cider Cake Recipe is perfect for a Fall party or Thanksgiving dessert table. It's soft and moist, with a crunchy cinnamon sugar topping. It's like apple cider donuts in cake form!
Easy Apple Cider Bundt Cake Recipe
This Apple Cider Cake Recipe is one of my favorite fall recipes! It's basically an apple cider donut made into one big, mouthwatering bundt cake.
This easy bundt cake is incredibly moist thanks to apple cider and yogurt, then infused with all the warm spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg ginger, and cloves. It has the perfect amount of apple cider flavor and takes no time to throw together!
Whip this apple cider doughnut cake up for a special occasion or make it any day simply to celebrate the fall season! It really is the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
How to Make Apple Cider Cake
This bundt cake tastes decadent, but is surprisingly simple to put together!
Here's a quick summary of the recipe. Scroll to the recipe card below for the full instructions and ingredient amounts.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. In a separate, large bowl, beat together the sugar and butter until fluffy.
- Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, and mix until combined. In a third bowl, combine fresh apple cider and yogurt.
- Mixing on low speed, add the flour mixture and yogurt mixture to the butter mixture, alternating between wet ingredients and dry ingredients. Begin and end with the flour mixture.
- Scoop the batter into a greased 10 to 12-cup bundt cake pan, then bake at 350ºF until a skewer comes out of the center clean and the cake is golden brown on top.
- Let the cake cool for 10-15 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely to room temperature.
- In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon. Use a pastry brush to apply melted butter to the outside of the cooled cake.
- Sprinkle on the cinnamon and sugar mixture, pressing it gently into the surface so it adheres. Slice and serve.
Tips and Notes
- Use plain apple cider. Do not use spiced apple cider in this recipe. The cake is made with seasonings already and the added flavor of spiced apple cider will be too much.
- Use room temperature ingredients. For the best results, bring the yogurt, butter, and eggs all to room temperature before mixing. This helps balance the texture while baking.
- Grease the pan. Bundt cake pans need to be greased properly in order for the cake to invert. Give it a light coating of nonstick spray before you add in the batter. You can dust the bundt cake pan with flour after greasing for additional protection, if desired.
- Don't over-mix! Over-mixing can cause the batter to be too dense. Mix only until just combined.
- Check for doneness. This apple cider donut cake can cook completely anywhere between 45 and 60 minutes. The cooking time depends on your oven and how hot your bundt pan gets. Always check with a skewer for doneness before removing for the oven.
- To check for doneness, insert a skewer into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, then the cake is good to go!
- No bundt pan? You can use this batter to make donuts or muffins using a donut pan or muffin tin! Keep in mind that this will affect the bake time.
- Add nuts. Toss in a handful of chopped pecans or walnuts for a nutty taste and crunchy texture. Add another layer of flavor depth by toasting them first!
- No yogurt? You can add moisture and apple flavor by substituting it out for an equal amount of applesauce.
This delicious apple cider donut cake is excellent on its own, but would also be delicious served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
You can even serve it for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee!
Room Temperature: To maintain freshness, store this cake outside of the fridge in an airtight container or cake dome. It will last for up to one week. Only slice what you need to keep it as fresh as possible!
Freezer: You can freeze individual slices of cake or the entire cake. Simply wrap it in plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil. Place into a freezer-safe bag or airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw on the countertop before serving.
What Can You Use Instead of Cinnamon and Sugar?
If you're out of cinnamon and sugar, there are a couple of other alternatives to try.
You might consider a sweet glaze made from powdered sugar and milk, which will add a lovely shine and sweetness to your cake.
Another option could be sprinkling apple pie spice mixed with sugar over the top of the cake for a robust, autumn flavor.
What Does Apple Cider Do to a Cake?
Apple cider adds warm, sweet apple flavor to the cake, but also adds tons of moisture. This gives it the perfect light, fluffy, and moist texture!
More Apple Recipes to Try
- Warm Cinnamon Apples
- Apple Turnover Recipe
- Caramel Apple Dump Cake
- Apple Crumble with Oats
- Cinnamon Apple Muffins
- Southern Apple Pie Recipe
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Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
- 2 ½ cups (313 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 ¼ cups (250 g) granulated sugar
- 10 tablespoons (142 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature (½ cup + 2 tablespoons)
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup (240 ml) apple cider, at room temperature
- ¾ cup (180 g) plain yogurt, at room temperature
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
- ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons (28 g) unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 350°F, and grease a 10 to 12-cup Bundt pan.
For the Cake
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.2 ½ cups (313 g) all-purpose flour1 ½ teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1 teaspoon salt½ teaspoon baking soda½ teaspoon ground nutmeg½ teaspoon ground ginger¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- In a separate bowl, beat together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla, and mix until combined.1 ¼ cups (250 g) granulated sugar10 tablespoons (142 g) unsalted butter2 large eggs2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Use a third bowl to combine the apple cider and yogurt.1 cup (240 ml) apple cider¾ cup (180 g) plain yogurt
- Mix on low speed, and add the flour mixture and apple cider yogurt mixture to the butter mixture alternating between dry and wet ingredients beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Don’t overmix!
- Scoop the batter into the prepared Bundt pan, and smooth into an even layer with a spatula. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out mostly clean. The cake should be golden in color. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes before inverting and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
- In a small bowl, combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon.¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Use a pastry brush to apply the melted butter to the cooled cake. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the cake and press gently so the mixture adheres.2 tablespoons (28 g) unsalted butter
- Slice the cake and serve.
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