Love and Confections: Apple Cider Spiced Donut Cake #AppleWeek

September 29, 2018

Apple Cider Spiced Donut Cake #AppleWeek

Apple Cider Spiced Donut Cake gives you all the flavors of the favorite Fall treat, mixed with fresh apples and coated in cinnamon sugar. This from-scratch cake is easy to make and will be a new family favorite!

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I wanted to recreate an apple cider donut, but in cake form and an added sugar crust. This bundt cake basically looks like a giant apple cider donut with cinnamon sugar sprinkled all over the outside and an apple surprise inside. Chunks of apples and the cinnamon sugar topping give the cake a great mix of textures and flavors.

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I have had apple cider donuts from the store or donut shops before, but I hadn't had a fresh, made-to-order one until last year on my visit to Vermont. Cold Hollow Cider Mill is now one of my favorite spots in Vermont.

The hot made-to-order donuts are out of this world, and the freshly-pressed cider is like none other. I would visit Vermont in a heartbeat just to go to back Cold Hollow Cider Mill again. While on vacation, we loved it so much we went to the cider mill twice in the same week!

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That Vermont trip was breathtakingly beautiful and so memorable. Mr. L&C and I drove all over Northern Vermont and had fun exploring.

We visited Cabot, the cider mill, a few apple orchards, fun restaurants, did wine & cider tastings, took a gondola to the top of Jay Peak (we could see Canada from the top), and more. Apple picking and the cider mill were probably my favorite experiences, since I had never picked apples before.

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I cannot wait to take Little L&C apple picking for the first time. Here in FL we have strawberries, blueberries and citrus, so she has been picking those since she was a baby.

Apples are next on my list for her. Hope you have a delicious Fall and make this cake for your family, especially if you are lucky enough to pick apples!

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Apple Cider Spiced Donut Cake

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  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 cups Dixie Crystals Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1-2 tablespoons flour

  • 1/4 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or apple pie spice
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Heat oven to 350F. Prepare bundt pan with baking spray
  2. In a large measuring cup, whisk the cider, eggs and vanilla together until combined. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, or a large bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Using either the paddle attachment or a hand mixer, slowly add the liquid while mixing on low, until just combined.
  4. Place diced apples in a medium bowl and toss with 1-2 tablespoons flour. Fold into cake batter then pour into prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto rack.
  6. In a small bowl, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon or apple pie spice. Place cooling rack onto parchment paper. Sprinkle all over with cinnamon sugar. If sugar is not sticking, use pastry brush and brush cake with butter, then top with cinnamon sugar.
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1 comment:

  1. I would love a piece of that cake and your photos are awesome.