Apple Cider Cake

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We’ve already covered the beauty of a dressed up cake mix in last week’s Ingredient Spotlight. The recipe for this cake continues that theme.

I almost named it Apple Cider Donut Cake, because it reminds me of them.  The cake is moist, with a whisper of apple flavor.  It tastes wonderful with a glass of apple cider.Here’s what you’ll need:

For the cake:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 4-serving box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), melted
  • 1 cup apple cider

For the glaze:

  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine all the ingredients for the cake.  Blend until thoroughly mixed.  Pour the batter into a well greased bundt pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Remove the cake from the oven.  Stir together the apple cider and powdered sugar.  Pour over the cake while it is hot and still in the pan.  Allow the sweet cider to run down the edges of the pan and over the cake.  Let it sit for about 30 minutes.  Turn out onto a plate and cool completely.

I finished baking this cake after dark and planned to take it to a family gathering the next day.  I snapped a couple photos of the whole cake, but I really wanted a photo of a slice.  So I cut a small slice, intending to replace it so that nobody would know I’d been sneaking.

But it looked so good, I couldn’t help myself.  Jim and I shared a skinny slice.  Oh so good!

And now you know what kind of person I am.

Do you ever sneak cake? Or maybe your weakness is cookies or brownies or…

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  1. LOVE this cake! Easy and VERY “Fall” scrumptious looking! 🙂

  2. LOVE this cake! Easy and VERY “Fall” scrumptious looking! 🙂

  3. Oh my this looks so good. I’m thinking I will make this for Bible Study next week. I love the goodies you find!!!

  4. Sounds yummy to me!!

  5. It looks fantastic and I love recipes that are gussied up cake mixes! Oh, yes, I sneak cake 🙂

  6. Heh, heh…that’s why I make cupcakes–no one knows if you sneak one! This cake looks wonderfu. Your bundts are always so pretty. What do you use to grease your pan? Mine tend to stick a bit, but I’m also using a 40 year old pan (my grandma’s).

  7. I need to try this recipe! It looks delicious!!

    I wanted to let you know about a linky party/tutorial post I have started. It is called Handmade Tuesdays and I feature a tutorial from a crafter and then I have a linky where people can link up their projects. Please come link up every Tuesday! 🙂

  8. I made this tonight, and it tasted delicious! Unfortunately, it didn’t come out of the pan well at all, but then again, I was using a brand-new bundt pan. I greased it, but probably should have been extra careful to do it really well.

    The benefit to having it fall apart? I could eat some and no one is the wiser!

    Thanks for sharing this! Oh, and I wrote about it at the bottom of my post here:

  9. This sounds fabulous! And I just happen to have a gallon of cider fresh from my brother’s orchard. The question is: will it last until I can get to the store and buy the rest of the ingredients?

  10. oh yum! This looks so good. I can’t wait to try it!
    I just discovered your blog this week and instantly became a follower…love it!

  11. I made this today and my boys loved it!

  12. I blogged this today, giving you credit, of course!

    Loved it!


  13. This looks and sounds delicious! I just found you through the Days of Thanksgiving party and I voted for you. 🙂

  14. Mmmmmm…..this sounds so yummy! I just LOVE apple cider! :o)

  15. Sounds awesome! MM…apple cider and cake…

    Question: This would be great for a staff meeting I’ve been commissioned to feed. Could I do this in cupcake form, you think? I’m new to really baking, so I wonder if the bundt cake pan part of it contributes to the timing/texture.

    And wow, this is an old post. Sorry to ask you this one year later…

    • Stephanie, it’s always okay to ask a year later. You could do it in cupcake form, but it might be harder to do the drizzle thing. I’m not sure what that would do to cupcake liners. If you try it, let me know how it turns out.

  16. JoAnne Baker says:

    I make this same cake, but I use peach cider and cut up some fresh peaches to put in the batter and also in the glaze. It is so good!

  17. Becky Lewis says:

    This sounds really good, I’ll have to try it. As for tasting a small piece of something before I have to take something to an event I always say that I had to make sure it wasn’t poisonous and some how I don’t feel so guilty.


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