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Apple Cider Donut Bundt Cake

Kate S
Posted by Kate S on Sep 16, 2021

 

I absolutely love fall and all the things that come with it – cooler temperatures, beautiful foliage, pumpkin patches and warm drinks, but I get most excited about everything apple!

apple dessert 1apple dessert 2There’s the signature Apple Pies in cast iron skillets that we make at The Chopping Block for Lincoln Square’s Apple Fest, hot apple cider, and warm Journeyman OCG, apple pancakes, apple bread pudding, apple whiskey bread, of course…  apple cider donuts.

apple ciderLet’s be honest, apple cider donuts are the real reason that most of us go apple picking. These spiced donuts are often made with apple cider that’s been boiled down to make it more concentrated, warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and they’re leavened with baking powder. Once fried, the donuts are dusted in cinnamon and sugar that sticks to the outside and gets all over your face and clothes, so you can forget about denying that you ate one!

While making donuts is really fun (and delicious), I didn’t feel like frying recently, so I wondered if there was a way to make one really large apple cider donut. That’s when I realized that a Bundt pan would be the perfect vehicle for an apple cider donut cake (it’s even got the hole in the middle), and all those fancy lines and designs ensure that your cinnamon-sugar coating gets in as many places as possible! This apple cider donut Bundt cake is perfect for dessert or even for your next brunch, and it’ll be loved by kids and adults alike!

Apple Cider Donut Bundt Cake

Servings 16

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Active Time: 15 minutes

Inactive Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 65 minutes

 

For the cake:

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup white sugar

2/3 cup turbinado sugar

3 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup apple cider

1 cup chunky apple sauce (I like Big Slice kettle cooked apples for this!)

 

For the coating:

1/4 cup melted butter

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, or using a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy.

butter sugars3. Add 3 eggs, one at a time, and incorporate into butter/sugar mixture.

4. Add vanilla bean paste, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and mix to incorporate.

cake batter-15. Mix together flour and baking powder (dry ingredients).

6. Add 1 cup of dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mix to incorporate.

7. Add 1 cup apple cider to batter, mix to incorporate.

pour apple cider8. Add another 1 cup of dry ingredients, mix to incorporate.

9. Add 1 cup applesauce, mix to incorporate.

mix cake batter10. Add last cup of dry ingredients, mix to incorporate.

beaters in batter11. Grease a Bundt pan (you can also make these as muffins, or in a loaf pan) and fill three quarters of the way.

batter in bundt pan12. Bake for 45-60 minutes depending on the size of your Bundt pan.

13. Once a toothpick comes our clean, remove the cake from the oven, and let cool for 5 minutes.

cake baked-2

cake unmolded14. Brush cake with melted butter, while warm, and coat with cinnamon sugar.

cake finished-1If you’re ready to get baking, our retail store at Lincoln Square has everything you need from utensils to bakeware and of course, vanilla bean paste. Come and visit us Wednesday through Friday 12pm-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-3pm.

Are you ready to take your baking to the next level? Leave the clean up to us and try some of our amazing hands-on baking classes coming up this fall:

If you can’t join us in person, we also have some fabulous virtual baking options! Join us for:

Or, maybe you love apples as much as we do at The Chopping Block. We’ve got lots of apple-focused classes in honor of Apple Fest in Lincoln Square:

apple festAlso, don’t forget to order your apple pie for Apple Fest. We have whole pies this year that are available for pre-sale and pick up Thursday, September 30 through Sunday, October 3rd for Apple Fest! Come by our tent for some delicious Right Bee Hard Cider during the fest.

Order Apple Fest pies now

 

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Apple Cider Donut Bundt Cake

Apple Cider Donut Bundt Cake

Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 1 H & 4 M

Ingredients

For the cake
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup turbinado sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup chunky apple sauce (I like Big Slice kettle cooked apples for this!)
For the coating
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, or using a hand mixed, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. Add 3 eggs, one at a time, and incorporate into butter/sugar mixture.
  4. Add vanilla bean paste, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and mix to incorporate.
  5. Mix together flour and baking powder (dry ingredients)
  6. Add 1 cup of dry ingredients to the butter mixture, mix to incorporate.
  7. Add 1 cup apple cider to batter, mix to incorporate.
  8. Add another 1 cup of dry ingredients, mix to incorporate.
  9. Add 1 cup applesauce, mix to incorporate.
  10. Add last cup of dry ingredients, mix to incorporate.
  11. Grease a bundt pan (you can also make these as muffins, or in a loaf pan!) and fill ¾ of the way.
  12. Bake for 45-60 minutes depending on the size of your bundt pan.
  13. Once a toothpick comes our clean, remove the cake from the oven, and let cool for 5 minutes.
  14. Brush cake with melted butter, while warm, and coat with cinnamon sugar.

Topics: apple cider, cakes, desserts, donut, baking, cake, Recipes, bundt

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