Autumn Apple Cider Donut Bundt Cake

8-10 pieces
1 hr 5 min

One of my favorite autumn scents is that of an apple cider donut. So it would only make sense that the flavors of apple cider would be enjoyable in the form of a dessert. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Every year for the past five or so we have gotten together at my sister and brother-in-law’s house for apple pressing day. They have an apple orchard in their side yard with many different kinds of apples. So we get together and pick the apples, then everyone takes turns helping (mainly the guys and the great-grandkids).

Apple cider is made from apples that are washed, cut, and ground (pressed) into an “apple mash” similar to applesauce. The mash is then wrapped in cloth and pressed into fresh juice. You can freeze both. But apple cider will settle to the bottom of a frozen gallon, so you will want to make sure you shake it well before drinking. 

Slice of Autumn Apple Cider Donut Bundt Cake

For the cake itself you will need the ingredients below. Don’t worry about the  measurements. You can find those in the recipe card down below. You will be able to print the recipe out to add to your recipe binder, if you have one. Or if you are like me, tucked away in a cookbook.

Autumn Apple Cider Donut Bundt Cake
Recipe details
  • 8-10  pieces
  • Prep time: 25 Minutes Cook time: 40 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 5 min
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Cake Ingredients
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 1/2 C Spiced apple cider
  • 1/2 C Whole milk
  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 C Canola Oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Cinnamon Sugar topping
  • ¼ C sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9in bundt pan with pam baking spray
Using a medium saucepan over medium to high heat, stir together the chopped apples and the apple cider
Once the apple cider starts to boil, bring the heat to low and allow the cider to simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the apples become tender
Remove from heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes
Pour into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth
Using a small bowl, combine 1 C of the apple mixture with the ½ C of milk
Discard remaining apple mixture or enjoy as a homemade applesauce
Using a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon until combined.
Using a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy
Beat in the eggs, one at a time until combined
Beat in the oil until combined
Gradually beat in the flour mixture and apple mixture by alternating between the two
Beat in the vanilla
Scoop the batter into the bundt pan
Place into the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
Allow cooling for 15 minutes before placing onto a wire rack
In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg
Coat the bundt cake into the sugar mixture
Cut and enjoy!
  • Baking times may vary so depending on your oven try 35-45 minutes.
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