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Apple Cider Donut Cake

  • Author: Jodi
  • Total Time: 58 minute
  • Yield: 14 to 16 slices 1x


Units Scale


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 heaping teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (I use freshly ground)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup applesauce at room temperature (I use unsweetened)
  • 1 cup apple cider at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar Coating:

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a bundt pan with non-stick spray and then dust with flour. Set aside.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking powder.  Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar and oil, mix on medium speed until combined.
  4. Add the eggs and continue mixing on medium speed for about two minutes. Next add the applesauce and vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, add 1/3 of the flour mixture, followed by 1/2 of the apple cider. Continue alternating the flour mixture and the apple cider, ending with the flour mixture. Mix until no streaks of flour remain. The batter will be slightly on the thin side.
  6. Pour the batter into the bundt pan and bake for 50 minutes. Or until a cake tester (or toothpick) inserted into the middle of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs on it.
  7. Set pan on a cooling rack and let the cake cool for an hour in the bundt pan before turning it over onto a cooling rack.
  8. Using a pastry brush, generously coat the cake in butter. Coat the cake with the cinnamon sugar coating  immediately after brushing with the melted butter, by using your hands or putting the mixture into a sugar shaker and sprinkling it all over.

Cinnamon Sugar Coating:

  1. Combine the 1/4 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon and then sprinkle onto the top and sides of the cake. To coat the sides, it’s best to fill your hand with the mixture and pat it on the cake.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins + 60 min cool time