Apple Cider Donut Cake: the amazing cake version of the popular autumn treat

Total time: 60 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 8 people
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Cinnamony apple cider donut cake perfectly captures the sweet flavors of fall. Made with yellow cake box mix, apple cider, applesauce, butter, cinnamon, eggs, and sugar, this dessert tastes exactly like apple cider donuts, but you can make it with much less hassle. Tender, moist, and a little buttery, the thing that really takes this easy apple cider donut cake to the next level is the cinnamon sugar topping. Of course, you can swap the cinnamon sugar for an apple cider glaze to elevate this cake to gourmet status.

Apple cider donut cake is fantastic to make throughout the fall and is a great treat to serve visiting family and friends over the holidays. Whether you enjoy it with a cup of coffee at breakfast or as a post-Thanksgiving dessert, it's sure to be a huge hit with everyone.


Top Tips for the Ultimate Apple Cider Donut Cake

A 10-cup bundt pan is ideal for making apple cider donut cake, but a 12-cup pan will work, too. You'll need to cook it longer.

Use room temperature ingredients to make the cake batter.

Instead of a cinnamon sugar topping, combine 1 cup of powdered sugar with 1/4 cup of apple cider to make a delicious apple cider glaze.

Use spiced cake box mix for an apple cider donut cake packed with the flavor of delicious warming autumn baking spices.

Make sure to use apple cider, not apple juice or apple cider vinegar.

You can make apple cider muffins by pouring the batter into a muffin tray and then baking for 14 to 16 minutes.

How to Store Apple Cider Donut Cake

Apple cider donut cake should be covered and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, it can be placed in the fridge for up to one week.

for the cake
yellow cake mix
1 15.25 ounce
Apple cider
1 cup
apple sauce
1/2 cup
Large eggs
1/4 tsp
Brown sugar
1 tbsp
pure vanilla extract
1 tsp
for the topping
2 tbsp
1/4 cup
Melted butter
1/4 cup

How to Make Apple Cider Donut Cake

Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease a bundt pan with cooking spray. Lightly dust with flour and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk cake mix with the ingredients from the package instructions.

Add brown sugar.

Add vanilla extract.

Stir in applesauce.

Add in the apple cider, eggs, and cinnamon.

Mix well.

Pour the batter into the bundt pan.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Your apple cider donut cake is done cooking when a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave on a rack to cool.

In a bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.

Turn the cooled cake onto a plate or on the rack. Brush generously with melted butter.

Coat it with the cinnamon sugar.

Slice, serve and enjoy!

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