Had this recipe saved for months! Yes this is a fall dessert but why not use it for spring! Apple Cider Donut Cake! Say Wha? Yep! One big apple cider DONUT!
Apple Cider Donut Cake
found this recipe on: leaandjay
They slightly adapted it from: Two In the Kitchen
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened
- 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 1 1/2 cups apple cider
- 1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (you can substitute vegetable oil – but coconut tastes better!)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla paste ( I used pure vanilla extract but the sites say to get some paste, you won’t regret it!)
For the Cider Glaze:
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/8 cup water
- 1/8 – 1/4 cup hard cider ( I used angry orchard
For the Cinnamon Sugar Coating:
- 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 350ºF butter and flour a regular sized bunt pan.
In a medium saucepan, bring chopped apples and cider to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until apples are tender. About 10 to 12 minutes. Remove pan from heat, cool for a few minutes, then pulse in a food processor or blender until pureed. Measure out 1 cup apple mixture and stir the milk into it. You will have some left over many use as a snack, over yogurt, or oatmeal 🙂
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until incorporated. Add the oil and mix well. I used this coconut oil measured it out and heated in over on 350 to liquify.
(Good tip from the cooking link)
CAUTION: If you are planning on using coconut oil, make sure eggs are at room temperature or slightly warmer if your house is chilly. If the eggs are cold and you add coconut oil to the mixture, the coconut oil will solidify and you will end up with a clumpy mess!
Add the flour mixture and apple/milk mixture alternatively in three additions, scraping the bowl as needed and mixing after each addition. Add the vanilla and beat once more, just to combine.
Scrape batter into prepared pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place the cake in its pan on a cooling rack for ten minutes before removing the cake itself to a cooling rack for at least 30 minutes.
While cake is baking, prepare Cider Glaze. Melt butter, sugar and water over medium high heat. Bring mixture to a boil and let boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately add the cider, stirring to combine.
Place baking sheet under wire rack + as cake is cooling use a pastry brush or marinate brush, cover cake with glaze. We went over the cake 3 times, letting one application of glaze sink in and then going back over the cake with another.
Prepare the Cinnamon Sugar Coating. Combine sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Sprinkle the warm, glazed cake with cinnamon sugar, using fingers to rub it onto the sides of the cake. From the advice of the other sites I actually added the mix to an empty spice bottle and shook over cake along with using fingers to press to the sides. I will be making this again for sure! Enjoy!