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Cake # 40 – Apple Cider Donut Bundt (second try)


This week I looked over the calendar and realized it was time to begin  testing some fall flavor ideas.  There’s a chocolate root beer pound cake I would love to try.  And a few spice and pumpkin cake recipes I’m looking forward to.  But first – there was a cake I wanted to make again and make it my own.

I first made the Apple Cider Donut Bundt for a friend earlier in the summer and I tried to make it mostly the way recipe assigns – but, I knew I wanted to do a few different things and see if I could improve the cake from something delicious into something incredible.

Well, I’ll tell you – I sent this baby to a youth event and it was consumed with fabulous reviews.  My daughter who has seen and tasted a lot of cake this year says this one may indeed be a keeper!  I may need to take her advice!

Here it is:  Cake #40. Apple Cider Donut Bundt.


3 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup apple cider
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons pure vanilla butternut extract
3 large eggs, room temperature
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 12-cup Bundt pan. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together 1 and 3/4 cups brown and white sugar, cider, oil, applesauce, vanilla, and eggs. Add egg mixture to flour mixture; whisk until combined. Transfer batter to prepared pan.

Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a tester inserted in center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet; let cool 15 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

Invert warm cake onto rack. Brush small sections of the cake with melted butter, then sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar. (I did this several times – butter, sprinkle sugar, butter, sprinkle sugar)Let cool completely before serving. Cake can be stored, covered, at room temperature up to 2 days.

Give it a try!  I bet you won’t regret it!  happy fall, y’all!


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