Apple Cider Bundt Cake

Contributed By: Terry Borden


2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
3/4 tsp salt
10 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup apple cider
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 10-cup bundt pan generously with nonstick spray. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt in a medium bowl.
Beat butter and sugar in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add eggs one at a time. Combine apple cider, applesauce, and vanilla in a small bowl. Beat in flour mixture in three additions, alternating with apple cider mixture (begin and end with flour mixture), just until incorporated.
Spoon batter into prepared bundt pan and smooth with an offset spatula. Tap pan sharply to reduce air bubbles. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until cake is golden, springs back to the touch, and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes; carefully invert onto rack.
Place rack with cake over a piece of wax paper. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Brush warm cake with melted butter and sprinkle generously with cinnamon-sugar. Let cake cool completely before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

Helpful Hints:

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes Yield: 12 servings
Apple cider bundt cake is the BEST fall bundt cake! Simple and delicious, this easy spiced apple bundt cake tastes like apple cider doughnuts.
Cinnamon: I used Vietnamese cinnamon in this cake (strong, rich, and sweet). If you’re using a different cinnamon, bump up the cinnamon in the cake to 1 1/2 or 2 teaspoons.
Applesauce: If you’re using store-bought applesauce, strain off some of the excess moisture through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth. Measure out 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce after straining.
Homemade Apple Cider: Combine 2 cups pure apple juice with 1 apple (cut into 1/2-inch wedges) and 4 teaspoons of mulling spices (you can also add some orange peel, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves). Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer for 20 minutes. Strain into a glass bowl or measuring cup and let cool to room temperature before using in the cake.

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