Cakes Apple Cider Donut Cake 4.82 from 22 votes Create a Profile! × Please sign up to save your favorite recipes Sign Up Already have an account? Sign In Jump To Recipe Save Recipe Skip making donuts and make my incredible Apple Cider Donut Cake instead — it's easier and packed full of that wonderful warm fall flavor you're looking for. By Gemma Stafford | October 9, 2021 | 48 Last updated on December 7, 2021 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details. Hi Bold Bakers! WHAT YOU GET IN THIS RECIPE: A cake that tastes exactly like an apple cider donut! It’s a simple cake recipe that leverages all of the flavors you’d find in an apple cider donut, like cinnamon sugar and (of course) apple cider with all of its lovely spices. Sometimes, and hear me out here, it’s OK to not want to make a whole batch of donuts. The only problem with that, then, is that you don’t get any donuts and your craving for them might drive you mad. That’s why I created this Apple Cider Doughnut Cake recipe. It’s not a donut recipe, but rather an easy cake recipe that tastes just like an Apple Cider Donut. It’s soft, spiced, and amazing while warm. You get all the flavor from one of the most popular fall donuts but without the fuss! Let me walk you through the simple process — and should a question pop up without an answer here in the article, please leave it in the comments down below. We answer every single one! What Is An Apple Cider Donut? Common sense would tell you that it’s simply a donut made with apple cider, but it’s so much more than that. They’re filled with fall’s warmest spices — cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice — in addition to the inclusion of apple cider. Honestly, forget pumpkin spice (Actually, don’t, you can make your own here, and your own Pumpkin Spice Lattes, too.), because apple cider is the true king of fall. The Apple Cider Feel free to use storebought, even though you can easily make your own with my Apple Cider recipe. If you can’t find any at the store, feel free to use unsweetened pure apple juice instead. You can even use your cider to make Apple Cider Caramels, too, which are very popular! Room Temperature Ingredients For cakes, all ingredients should be room temperature, but this recipe calls for cold milk in order to help cool the hot cider down faster. Make note of that, it’s important! Tools You Need To Make Apple Cider Donut Cake Measuring cups and spoons Bundt Cake Pan Mixing bowls Making Apple Cider Donut Cake I test recipes so you don’t have to — but this one was pretty simple from start to finish. Part of the process was figuring out how to top the cake — I went with the classic cinnamon sugar, just like a donut, but I also suggest giving it ago with ice cream and salted caramel sauce for decadence. Make sure you don’t overmix when it comes to cake, too, as it can toughen your cake! And if you decide that you want to give making your own Apple Cider Donuts a go after making this cake, I’ve simplified the process for you here! Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips Fro Making Apple Cider Donut Cake Again, for cakes, all ingredients should be room temperature. This recipe calls for cold milk, though, in order to help cool the hot cider down faster. If you can’t find apple cider, you can use unsweetened pure apple juice instead. Granulated sugar can liquefy on the cake when defrosting, so if you plan to make this cake in advance and freeze it, do so before you coat the cake with sugar. This is a very casual snacking cake but you can dress it up by serving it with my homemade vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce! This cake would make a perfect addition to a special brunch! For longer storage, freeze before coating with cinnamon sugar in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Defrost at room temperature for 2 hours, then brush with melted butter and coat with cinnamon sugar before serving. Get More Cake Recipes: Best-Ever Chocolate Cake with Whipped Chocolate Ganache Best-Ever Vanilla Cake Best-Ever Carrot Cake Best-Ever Vanilla Buttercream Frosting And don’t forget to buy my Bigger Bolder Baking Cookbook! Try These Recipes! Funfetti Sheet CakeSimple Marble Pound CakeCarrot Cake Sheet CakeMy Mum's Irish Apple Cake Apple Cider Donut Cake 4.82 from 22 votes Print Recipe Add to Favorites Loading… Skip making donuts and make my incredible Apple Cider Donut Cake instead — it's easier and packed full of that wonderful warm fall flavor you're looking for. Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 12 people Dessert Baking Pans Oven Prep Time 40 minsCook Time 45 mins Skip making donuts and make my incredible Apple Cider Donut Cake instead — it's easier and packed full of that wonderful warm fall flavor you're looking for. Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 12 people Ingredients 2 cups (16floz/480ml) apple cider½ cup (4floz/120ml) whole milk (cold)¾ cup (6oz/170g) granulated sugar⅔ cup (4oz/115g) dark brown sugar3 large eggs (at room temperature)¼ cup (2floz/60ml) vegetable oil1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 ½ cups (12½oz/355g) all-purpose flour1 ½ teaspoons baking powder½ teaspoon baking soda½ teaspoon salt½ teaspoon ground nutmegCinnamon sugar (for topping) Instructions Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and butter and flour a 12-cup capacity (2.84 liters) bundt cake pan. Set aside.Pour the apple cider into a shallow saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat until the cider is reduced to 1 cup (8floz/240ml).Transfer the reduced cider to a glass measuring cup with a pour spout and add the cold milk. Set aside until the mixture has cooled to room temperature.Once the cider mixture has cooled, make your batter: with a mixer or in a large bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract until well blended.Pour in the cider mixture and whisk until combined.In a separate medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg, and then add this to the wet ingredients in three increments. Stop stirring just as soon as everything is fully mixed.Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then invert onto a wire rack.Immediately coat the warm cake in cinnamon sugar and then let cool completely. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.