Apple Cider Donut Cake

We all know that I love my apple cider donuts so I thought why not make an apple cider bundt cake. This cake is one of my absolute favorite things I ever made. It is full of Fall flavors.


Start by reducing the apple cider. I like to reduce all my apple cider at once and bake a few things the same week. Make sure to use an unsweetened apple sauce, because sweeten applesauce makes this too sweet for me.

We coat the outside of the bundt cake with melted brown butter and cinnamon sugar. So it is like eating a donut but in cake form. The pecan streusel is the perfect filling for this cake.

I know if my mom was alive we would be eating this with our 4 o’clock cup of coffee. I know she would love this and I know you will love it too!!

Happy Baking ????




  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup apple cider reduced from 2 cups
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp apple spice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Cinnamon Swirl

  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon


  • ¼ cup melted butter (I browned mine)
  • ⅓ cup sugar and 1 tbsp on cinnamon mix together



  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. Reduce 2 cups of apple cider down to 1 cup, I add spices like cinnamon and apple pie spice to the apple cider, set aside.
  3. While cider is reducing make the cinnamon pecan filling mix pecans, cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl, set aside.
  4. Grease a bundt pan very generously and set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, apple spice cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, add oil, brown sugar and sugar and mix on medium speed for two minutes.
  7. Add eggs, vanilla and apple sauce and mix for about 2 minutes.
  8. On low speed add ⅓ of the dry ingredients, then ½ cup of apple cider, then ⅓ of the dry ingredients, then ½ cup of apple cider, then the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix until combined, making sure not to over mix.
  9. Add half the batter to the bundt pan. Add the cinnamon swirl mixtures evenly over the batter. Add the rest of the batter to the pan.
  10. Bake for 45-55 minutes, cake is done when a knife comes out with a few crumbs on it.
  11. Let the cake cool before flipping it over onto a cooling rack.
  12. Using a pastry brush, brush the top and sides of the cake with the melted butter. Sprinkles the top and sides with cinnamon sugar. It helps to use your hand with the sides of the cake.

Cake will stay fresh for four days if wrapped tightly and will freeze for up to 2 months.

Ready in 70 minutes Serves 16-18 people


Tips & Recommendations

I highly recommend the streusel filling. You can substitute walnuts or the pecans or omit the nuts. I also get my apple cider from Trader Joes. Besides fresh cider I find Trader Joe’s to have the best cider out there.

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I’m Billie, a recipe creator, food photographer, a girl that just loves to be in the kitchen and a travel lover.

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