The Most Delicious Apple Cider Donut Bundt Cake for Fall

Apple Cider Donut Bundt Cake – an incredibly tender and moist apple spice cake with a delicious cinnamon sugar coating.

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One of My Favorite Fall Traditions

Since moving to Utah six years ago, one of my favorite fall traditions is visiting Rowley’s Big Red Barn in Santaquin. It’s about a 45-minute drive from our house and worth every minute on the road! As soon as we arrive, we hop the wagon ride out to the field to do all the activities first. The kids love the corn mazes, slides, zip-line and apple throw.

After hours playing in the field, we head back to the Red Barn for apple cider donuts, ice cream and apple slushies. We always get one of everything! (Well, more than one donut, because those are too hard to share. Ha!)

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Every year after we visit Rowley’s, I always say I’m going to make an Apple Cider Donut Cake based on their donuts. Somehow, however, life gets in the way and other cake flavors take priority.

Not this year!

Apple Cider Donut Bundt Cake

For this cake, I worked off my pumpkin cake recipe from my Pumpkin Pie Cake. In my pumpkin cake layers, I use two cups of pumpkin puree. Since we’re not using pumpkin, we’re replacing that with a cup of applesauce and one cup of apple cider for this cake…plus oil! All these liquids make this cake incredibly moist! I’ve also added some cinnamon and nutmeg for a little extra flavor. This Apple Cider Donut Bundt Cake is simply one of the best fall desserts you’ll ever make!

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

Once the bundt cake is baked and cooled, you’ll use a pastry brush to coat the cake with butter and then a dusting of cinnamon and sugar. I used coarse sugar, but you can also use regular, granulated sugar. (or powdered sugar for a more “wintery” looking cake!”

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Tips for Making a Bundt Cake

  • Bake at a low temperature for longer to ensure your cake bakes completely but doesn’t burn around the edges.
  • Allow the cake to cool in the bundt pan for at least an hour to cool completely. Allowing the cooled cake to sit will make it easier for the cake to come out of the cake pan.
  • This cake will freeze well if covered in plastic wrap. Just make sure to bring back to room temperature before serving.
  • At room temperature, this cake can be stored for a couple days in an airtight container.
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Which Bundt Pan Should I Use

When making bundt cakes out of my cake recipes, I recommend using a 12 cup bundt pan. You’ll have plenty of room for the cake to rise without spilling. I recommend THIS bundt pan.

Other Cakes You’ll Love for Fall

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Apple Cider Donut Cake

4.95 from 160 votes
A tender and moist apple spice bundt cake with a cinnamon sugar coat.

Ingredients
 

For the Cake

  • 3 cups (360 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp (5 g) ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp (1 g) nutmeg
  • 1 tsp (5.6 g) salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (21 g) baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups (300 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (110 g) brown sugar
  • 1 cup (224 g) vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup (250 g) applesauce at room temperature
  • 1 cup (248 g) apple cider at room temperature
  • 1 tsp (5.6 g) vanilla extract

For the Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 1/4 cup (56 g) unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp (5 g) cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a bundt pan with non-stick spray and then dust with flour. Set aside.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking powder. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar and oil. Mix on medium speed to combine.
  • Add the eggs to the sugar mixture and mix on medium speed for about two minutes.
  • Add the applesauce and vanilla. Mix to combine.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add ⅓ of the flour mixture, followed by half of the apple cider. Continue alternating the flour mixture and the apple cider, finishing with the flour mixture. Mix until no streaks of flour remain. The batter will be slightly thin, not thick.
  • Pour the batter into the bundt pan and bake for 50 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs on it.
  • Let the cake cool for an hour in the bundt pan before turning it over onto a cake plate or cooling rack.
  • Using a pastry brush, coat the cake in butter.
  • Combine the ¼ 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.
Cuisine Cake
Course Dessert
Keyword Apple Cider Donut Cake, Beginner, Bundt Cake

Courtney Rich

I’m a self-taught baker, obsessed with cake.

I long ago ditched box mixes in pursuit of melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for flavor combinations, fillings and textures. I believe cake must be decadent, life-changing and worthy of celebration! And I believe anyone should be able to bake that kind of cake – and I’m here to teach you just that!

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  1. 1 star
    I liked the texture and the humidity of the bread but I did not like the intensity of the vinegar flavor … is there any way to improve it?

      1. 5 stars
        This looks and SOUNDS amazing. I can’t wait to try it. I do have an odd question though. Where did you get that darling cake stand?

  2. Is it possible to convert this recipe to cupcakes? What temp and time would you try first? I’m excited to experiment! Looks amazing.

  3. 5 stars
    Made this last night and followed the recipe to a T. First off, my house smelled amazing! The cake was a hit. It’s easy to make and simply delicious. thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    This was so simple and was super moist & delicious. Thank you for including the weight measurements in your recipes. It is amazing how my cup/utensil measurements are not accurate.

  5. 5 stars
    This is a delicious cake! I used the spiced cider from Trader Joe’s (because it’s what I had on hand) and skipped the nutmeg (because I didn’t have any). This is the first time I used one of your recipes, and I will definitely be making more! Thank you for sharing!

  6. 5 stars
    Love love love the recipe, the flavors are amazing. I baked it for 50 minutes , tested with the toothpick and it had some moist crumbs but after letting it cool down the bottom was way to gooey/undercooked. Help!

  7. Hi Courtney,
    I have loved ever recipe of yours! The carrot cake is a favorite, especially in a jelly roll pan for crowds and traveling.
    Would this cake do well in a jelly roll pan? Or is it more loaf like? I was considering making it in a jelly roll pan, debating on frosting flavor. Suggestions?

  8. 5 stars
    Made this today. I didn’t have any applesauce so I used apple butter instead. I’m not sure how or if it affected the recipe but the cake was delicious!

  9. 5 stars
    This cake smelled so good baking & even better as I waited not so patiently for it to cool. Yet, the taste topped these both! What a delicious & simple cake!

  10. I have a question. The recipe calls for 1 1/2 tablespoons of baking powder. Is the amount correct? Thank you.

  11. Do you think you could use this recipe for mini-bundtlets? Would anything change? Shorter baking time?

  12. 4 stars
    I had to cook the cake an extra 25 minutes beyond the 50 and the inner circle is still not cooked all the way. Taste is great and I am trying the recipe again tomorrow. Not sure if it’s the eggs nearly bring room temp or even the cider. But it needs maybe double the cook time? Felt so odd!

  13. 5 stars
    This recipe is perfect! I made mini bundts, they just came out of the oven and I’m enjoying one now. Literal perfection. I made one small change: I started with 2 cups of cider and cooked it down to 1 cup, to make a more intense apple flavor. It worked like a charm!! Thank you for the great recipe!

  14. 5 stars
    Highly recommend. Made this for breakfast today. Easy and very moist and delicious. My cider was not very strongly flavored so maybe next time I’ll reduce it down and get more flavor. Outstanding!

  15. 5 stars
    This turned out great! I love apple cider donuts and cake, so I was thrilled to be able to combine the two. Very moist and tasty.

  16. 5 stars
    Have made this recipe 3 times now, its that good! Located in Georgia. First time just used measuring cups and spoons not by weighing anything, baked in regular bundt pan was fantastic. Second and third time we used a mini bundt pan that has 6 bundts (had enough batter for 12 bundts total, filled them with 1/2c of batter) again delicious! Currently baking again this time tried the weighing ingredients method. The flour was off quite a bit, everything else seemed to be spot on or close, should we have tried sifting the flour? Other question we couldn’t get the spices to weigh at all in the recipe amounts. First time weighing ingredients any guidence greatly appreciated!

    1. Hi 🙂
      When measuring using the metric/weight method you normally just use teaspoons and tablespoons for spices etc. I normally always use the metric versions of the recipes on this website and never had an issue with it. But totally get how the flour might be off as it all depends on how loose you pack the flour if using a cup measure! Hope that helps 🙂

  17. I just made these and want to freeze them (I made smaller bunts) do I freeze them before I brush with butter?

  18. If I made this a day or 2 ahead of time what is the best way to store it? Should I coat with cinnamon/sugar/butter right before serving?

  19. 3 stars
    I’m not sure what happened here, but I followed the recipe as written and it came out blah and took forever to cook. I preheated to 325 and sat for almost 15 minutes before cake went in. I feel like either the measurements in spice are off or maybe I needed to reduce the apple cider again to gain flavor. Either way, not sure I’d make it again 😕

  20. Another way to get the coating on the cake us to dust the greased Bundt pan with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks.

  21. 5 stars
    I made this cake with all organic ingredients and followed the recipe exactly. Even though I am at a high altitude it came out perfectly. It is delicious and my family loved it. The Apple Cider Donut Cake will now be an autumn tradition in my home.
    Thank you!

  22. 5 stars
    Made this twice now and everyone loved it! I do have 1 questions, is it really 1 1/2 Tablespoons of baking powder or is that supposed to say teaspoons? The second time I made it I used Tablespoons, even though I was hesitant because I have never seen that amount in a recipe. The first time I made it I think I automatically used teaspoons just thinking that’s what the recipe said. Both actually came out great but the first one was a little more condensed (short).

  23. When you say apple cider as an ingredient do you mean apple cider vinegar? I can’t find just regular apple cider.

  24. 5 stars
    This came out great! My bundt pan was too small to hold all the batter so I made some of it into cupcakes – they baked for about 20 minutes and turned out well. I don’t like my desserts very sweet so I cut the white sugar from 300 g to 100 g (1.5 cups to .5 cups) and I thought it was perfect. I also used butter and flour to grease the bundt and cupcake pans and the cakes came out very smoothly! Thanks for the recipe!

  25. After 50 minutes, my cake tester showed raw batter. I had to bake for over an hour. Followed the recipe to the letter, and my oven is highly accurate. What could cause that?

  26. 5 stars
    I can’t wait! It’s in the oven now; however, it’s been 50 minutes and the inside is still very wet. I’ll check it in 10 and see how it’s doin.

  27. 5 stars
    The BEST. It’s so delicious and easy. I used homemade apple sauce that was supposed to be apple pie filling that I accidentally cooked too far. So that probably helped make the cake so amazing.

  28. 5 stars
    Tried this for the first time. Turned out perfectly! So moist and flavorful. I baked it at 350 and needed 50 minutes in the standard Bundt pan. My new fall favorite!

  29. 5 stars
    Very moist, fragrant, and delicious. I’m not a regular baker but really wanted to make the apple cider donut cake. I just made my 2nd, so good! My coworkers ate up the first cake. The house also smells wonder. Thanks for a great recipe, Courtney!

  30. I’m wondering if instead of coating in sugar I could do some type of apple cider glaze? Do you have a recommendation that would work?

  31. 5 stars
    I made this cake yesterday because I had an open bottle of apple cider. It came out great! Very moist with just the right combination of sweet and spicy. I did have to bake it for a full hour, but that was the only change I made. I will definitely be making it again.

  32. 5 stars
    Followed directions to the T- one exception I only had 1/2 cup of applesauce instead of 1 cup. The cake still came out fabulous! Thank you to the creator!

  33. I only use fresh apple cider, never the store bought stuff. I liked to get it in the days before it was pasteurized so I could let it ferment a bit! Instead of apple sauce, i used my home made apple butter. This cake was so good! I had to read the comments to find the eggs. Could you please list them in the ingredients? Thanks bunches!

  34. Hi, can I substitute apple cider with apple juice, as I’m not able to find cider near me.
    Thanks Courtney

  35. Do you ever have problems with your powdered sugar sinking into the cake? I have a Bundt cake I make and it tends to sink in sometimes so it seems if I put melted butter on a cake and then put powdered sugar on it, it would sink in even more? I am no baking pro so I am curious as to how to keep the powdered sugar from sinking in! 😃

    1. You can get a non melting confectioners sugar at King Arthur’s. Doesn’t melt even if you sprinkle it while still hot.

  36. I can’t wait to try this!!! Do you think I could add some chopped apples in this or would this mess up the recipe? I also want to add some caramel sauce to go with it.

  37. 5 stars
    Hello Courtney,
    I read step five where you “Add the applesauce and vanilla. Mix to combine.” Then step six says: “With the mixer on low speed, add ⅓ of the flour mixture, followed by half of the apple cider. Continue alternating the flour mixture and the cider”
    Is this also when I add the applesauce and vanilla mixture in with the flour mixture and cider? I didn’t see that. Thank you!

  38. Hi Courtney,

    Have you ever made these as cupcakes without cupcake papers? Just curious! Thanks for your amazing recipes!

  39. Do you think if I make ahead and freeze, that applying the butter/sugar coating after thawing will work well? Or should I make, store at room temp for a few days, then apply coating on day of serving. (Have to make ahead) thx!

      1. Hmmm. In your instructions, the cake is supposed to cool in the pan for an hour before unmolding, and in the notes you mention putting the coating on a *cooled* cake. I had no problem unmolding the cake after 10 minutes (I used Bakers Joy), so the cake is still warm ATM, and now I don’t know if I should coat the cake while it’s still warm, or wait until it’s room temp.

  40. Have you ever tried coating the pan with the cinnamon & sugar mix & then adding the batter & baking it? I have a poppyseed cake recipe that I coat the pan with oil & sprinkle with sugar & it turns out so yummy. Wondering if the same concept would work for this yummy cake.

  41. I am going to make this recipe but have not yet. An idea for you.. Every fall I buy a gallon of fresh cider and simmer on low until it is reduced to 2 cups. It will keep easily for a year in the refrigerator and gives me a great apple cider flavor throughout the year. Using this concentrate I would make an apple cider glaze for the cake. I think using apple butter insead of sauce will also give the cake a stronger flavor

  42. 5 stars
    I made this today as we watched college football. I used my homemade applesauce which is chunky and I included in the middle of the cake, a cinnamon/butter/brown sugar mix! Absolutely delicious. Your cakes are the best!

  43. 4 stars
    The taste is delicious but the texture was a bit wet for me. Before I took it out, the stick was dry so I wonder if I should’ve stuck it in more places to see if they’re all ready? But the taste is amazing.

  44. 5 stars
    I don’t like donuts so probably would have never tried this cake; however, I thought I had to try it since it got do many votes during your cake March Madness so had it on my list to try. So glad I did! It was simple, looked beautiful and delicious! I did not change anything for the cake batter. Only change I made was use sparkling sugar and only 1 teaspoon of cinnamon for the topping. I also lightly dusted with powdered sugar as the cinnamon in the sugar wasn’t making it as sparkly and white as yours. Thank you!

  45. I will be making this cake Saturday for a get-together with friends this weekend. I’m very excited to try it and make my first Cakes by Courtney cake. Starting with something I think I can do. Scrolling down I also noticed the cornmeal cake? Headed back to check that out. 😁

  46. I’m planning to make this but would like to know what size bundt? If it was given in the instructions I didn’t find it. Thank you.

    1. Yes, but just the sugar that coats the pan. For the cake recipe, use regular sugar. To coat the pan, use turbinado sugar.

  47. Hi Courtney! In my experience, there are some cakes that taste better fresh (day-of) and some that taste better on the second day. Thoughts on this one?

    1. Yeah, I think you’re right. I think denser cakes are better second day. This one is a great second day cake too!

      1. If making a day ahead- should i wait to put on the sugar topping? I just took it out if the oven but serving it tomorrow!

  48. Can’t wait to try this! We don’t use vegetable oil though. Would coconut oil, butter, olive oil or avacado oil work best for a substitute?

  49. 5 stars
    Ii made this cake and it was super delicious. I followed the directions exactly and it turn out beautifully.
    Thank you for posting this “keeper” recipe.
    Terry

  50. 5 stars
    Made this for the Utes game tonight and it was a hit. It is moist and flavorful without being too sweet. It was also very easy to make.

  51. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Perfect for the fall season. Did have a little trouble applying the sugar topping but made it work