“This Apple Cider Doughnut Cake is the most delicious cake I ever made — and I bake a LOT! I could have eaten the whole cake.” ~Carol
apple cider doughnut cake is easy and so delicious!
I highly recommend this wonderful apple bundt cake, it’s pretty much everything you want in an easy Fall treat. There’s nothing fancy or fussy about it, but it’s soft and tender, with a thin cinnamony-sugar crust just like those cider doughnuts you get when you go apple picking. The aroma is intoxicating, and it’s the perfect thing to take to a gathering or party. It’s also ideal for housewarmings, new neighbors, new parents, or anyone who could use a little extra comfort or care. This cake is not overly sweet, so it’s appropriate for breakfast or mid-morning, with a cup of coffee, tea, your pumpkin spice latte (or hot cider!)
other recipes in my doughnut cake series
ingredients for apple cider bundt cake
- I use both all purpose and oat flour in this cake, which gives it a nice, tender crumb. Oat flour can be found in your supermarket baking aisle, and you can easily make oat flour at home.
- vanilla extract
- apple cider
- fresh apple cider is amazing, but you can use apple juice if necessary. Do not use apple cider vinegar!
- vegetable oil
- baking powder, baking soda, and salt
I attribute the pillowy texture of this apple cider doughnut cake to the applesauce and the oat flour in the recipe. Oat flour is readily available in most large grocery stores, and Bob’s Red Mill makes a good one, but it’s essentially oats that have been ground into a fine powder, so if you don’t have any on hand you can actually process rolled oats in a food processor or high speed blender, like a Vitamix, to make your own. For more details, check out my post on how to make your own oat flour!
how oat flour changes the texture of this apple cider doughnut cake
Oat flour gives baked goods a nice soft texture and a little extra flavor. I love it to add it to regular flour in lots of different types of recipes. It does wonders for my Irish oatmeal soda bread and my quick whole grain rolls.
Oat flour has a slightly higher moisture content than wheat flour, which helps keep cakes moist and tender.
Oat flour has a lovely nutty, earthy taste that adds depth to the flavor of this cake.
tvfgi recommends: a great basic bundt pan
Bundt pans come in all sorts of wonderful shapes and sizes, which is great, except that you never know how your pan is going to work with a specific recipe. I like to use this one from Wilton which is a basic, all purpose pan that’s sturdy, nonstick, and a standard size. The simple fluted shape insures an easy release, and isn’t that what it’s all about? Click here for details.
check out the comments for great reviews and variations
- Karen and Susan get a gold stars for creating gluten free versions of this apple cider doughnut cake. Many used Bob’s Red Mill gf baking mix with great success.
- Judy dusts her greased bundt pan with cinnamon sugar for an extra crunchy crust.
- Lorraine uses boiled cider from King Arthur Flour.
- Anne made her apple cider cake flavored with a little apple brandy!
- Amanda made her own oat flour in the NutriBullet.
- Dee turned the bundt cake into a layer cake.
- Bella adds a layer of cinnamon sugar to the bottom of the cake before flipping it over, which is genius.
- and that’s just a few of the great ideas you guys have come up with 🙂
more ways to cook with cider
- Kale and Fall Fruit Salad with Cider Poppy Seed Dressing
- Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts ~ New York Times Recipe
- Homemade Apple Cider
- Apple Cider Doughnut Loaf Cake
- Hot Buttered Apple Cider
- Mulled Cider Jelly
- Slow Cooked Cider Brats with Apple Onion Relish
- Wild Rice Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette
- Hard Cider Braised Pot Roast with Fresh Sage
Apple Cider Doughnut Cake
- standard bundt pan (10-12 cup capacity)
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup apple cider
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil, I use safflower
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Set oven to 350F
- Generously butter and flour your bundt pan, making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. Don’t skip this step!
- Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
- Whisk the wet ingredients together in a another bowl.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk until just combined, don’t over mix.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out without wet batter clinging to it. Set the pan on a cooling rack for 15 minutes.
- Stir the sugar and cinnamon together for the topping.
- Invert the cake onto a plate. Brush with the melted butter, and sprinkle generously all over with the sugar.
- Sub cardamom for cinnamon, yum.
- Fold in some finely diced fresh apple for texture.
- You might use apple butter instead of applesauce.
- Instead of the sugar coating you could make a simple glaze out of cider and powdered sugar to drizzle (liberally!) over the cake.
Questions and Reviews
I just made this cake and it is so delicious. Enjoyed by everyone.
Yay! Thanks for coming back to let me know 🙂
Hi Sue! I would like to make a couple of these and freeze for company coming next week. Does it freeze well? And should I do the butter/cinnamon topping when I’m ready to serve it or would that freeze okay? I don’t want it to be soggy!
Gosh, I haven’t frozen this, but I assume it would do fine. I think your idea of adding the butter and sugar after defrosting sounds smart.
This cake is so delicious!! Thanks for a wonderful recipe, Sue! Looking forward to trying the glazed old fashioned doughnut cake next 🙂
This sounds delicious. Is it possible to substitute more applesauce for the oil? Thank you
I haven’t tried that with this cake, BJ, but it’s worth a try.
Hi. When you say apple cider, is this the alcoholic version? I’m ok with that, but just want to clarify? Thanks
No, it’s just apple juice, Jen.
Thanks. Can’t wait to make this!
Could I use this recipe in a donut pan
This was delicious! I made it with my younger sister. We could not find out flour at our local grocery stores ( Stop & Shop or Big Y) so we used oats in a food processor until they were a flour like consistency. Our family loves cinnamon so we generally do a tablespoon anytime a recipe calls for a response, regardless what it is, but we still wanted more cinnamon. We ate it with hot caramel cider and it was phenomenal. We are going to try it again with the caramel apple cider instead of regular cider and we talked about putting a layer of cinnamon sugar on the bottom of the cake before we invert it, since we could only get it to stick to the top of the cake. Delicious and we have a lot of fun making it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
I love all your ideas Bella, you’re making me hungry. The tip about putting the cinnamon sugar on the top (bottom!) of the cake before flipping is genius!
can you just use regular flour, instead of oat flour, which i have no idea what it is? Hope so let me thank you
Yes, you can.
Could you use butter instead of oil?
I’m sure you can, Melanie, just melt and cool it before use.
I want to make this cake And serve it the next day at my friend’s house. Should I put the cinnamon and sugar on before I serve it or put it on and then transport the cake the next day?
I’d do both!
I just bought my first bundt pan in hopes of making this recipe for a thanksgiving dessert and just realized it’s only a 6c. Outside of halving the recipe, would I do much with the temp/time? It’s too late to get another one from amazon for our Canadian thanksgiving Monday.
Oh bummer…bundt pans are such a pain that way. Temp would be the same, and I guess you might keep the light on so you can hopefully see inside the oven as it cooks. Try checking at 40 minutes?