Autumn Apple Cider Donut Bundt Cake

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.

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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). This is because we are enjoying getting snacks and I am taking photos.

We have 3 different kinds of chili which consist of White Chicken Chili, Spicy Chili, and your every day flavored chili. Also on the table are different slices of bread, crackers, and of course apples & caramel dip. It makes for a perfect day as a family gathering and we all go home with apple cider that has been pressed by the family. This year I will be adding this Autumn Apple Cider Donut Cake to the desserts as well.

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What Ingredients Will I Need to Make This Recipe?

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.

  1. 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
  2. Spiced apple cider
  3. Whole milk
  4. flour
  5. baking powder
  6. baking soda
  7. kosher salt
  8. ground nutmeg
  9. ground cloves
  10. ground cinnamon
  11. unsalted butter softened
  12. sugar
  13. light brown sugar, packed
  14. 3 large eggs
  15. Canola Oil
  16. pure vanilla extract

    Cinnamon Sugar topping :
    16. sugar
  17. ground cinnamon
  18. ground nutmeg

What is the Difference Between Apple Cider and Apple Juice?

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. Also, apple cider can become “fermented” if it is left too long in the fridge. So be aware as you do not want to offer your child apple cider that has turned as it could make them sick. Also if your apple cider is “fizzy” and you haven’t added any “sprite” to it. Then it isn’t good to drink either.

Whereas apple juice undergoes filtration to remove pulp and is then pasteurized to extend the shelf life. Vacuum sealing and additional filtering help it stay fresh even longer. You can store apple juice in the cupboard for many months without any issue.

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Autumn Apple Cider Donut Bundt Cake

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One of my favorite autumn scents is apple cider donuts. 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.
4.45 from 9 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Cakes
Cuisine American
Servings 8 -10 pieces
Calories 418 kcal


Cake Ingredients

  • 1 large Granny Smith apple peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 ½ cup Spiced apple cider
  • ½ cup Whole milk
  • 2 ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ cup Canola Oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar topping

  • ¼ cup 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!


15 minutes extra time is for cooling before turning onto the rack.


Serving: 1gCalories: 418kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 6gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 402mgFiber: 2gSugar: 35g
Keyword apple cider donut, autumn cake recipes, bundt cake
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