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Apple Cider Donut Cake

Are you looking for the perfect fall treat? This Apple Cider Donut Cake is a light, crumbly, and delectable dessert. This recipe is topped with a cinnamon-sugar mixture for a sweet and cozy treat.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Additional Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cider Donut Cake
Servings: 8 pieces
Author: Jill


  • 1 box yellow cake mix I used Betty Crocker
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup sweetened applesauce
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cinnamon and Sugar Topping:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on low to combine cake mix, apple cider, apple sauce, eggs, and melted butter.
  • Add brown sugar and vanilla and mix well.
  • Grease and flour a 10 or 12 cup bundt pan well and pour batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (mine was done at 45 minutes).
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on a cooling rack for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, turn the bundt pan over onto a cooling rack or parchment paper.
  • Mix together cinnamon and sugar for the topping.
  • Brush butter over cake and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar topping on top and sides of cake.


This recipe works with a 10 cup or 12 cups bundt pan. 
I had to use my hands to get the cinnamon and sugar mixture to stick to the sides of the cake.