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Front view of Apple Cider Cake on a wooden cake stand.

Apple Cider Cake

  • Author: Julie
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 60 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 cups Granny Smith Apples (3 large or 4 small)
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons apple cider

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a 10 inch springform pan by greasing it with butter, shortening, or nonstick spray.
  2. In a small sauce pan, heat 1 cup of apple cider to boiling over medium high heat.  Continue to gently boil until the cider reduces by half.  Cool to room temperature.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar together.  Add eggs one at a time and mix on medium speed until pale yellow (about 2-3 minutes).
  4. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add heavy cream to reduced apple cider.
  6. With the mixer on low speed, alternate adding the flour mixture and the heavy cream mixture.  The batter will be thick.
  7. Pour the batter into the spring form pan and level the top.
  8. Peel apples, and cut into 1/8 thick slices, removing the core.  Arrange in a concentric pattern on top of the cake batter.
  9. In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar together.
  10. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar evenly over the top of the cake and sliced apples.
  11. Bake @350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.  The top will be dark (because of the cinnamon and sugar) and a toothpick inserted into the very center should come out clean.
  12. When ready to serve, whisk apple cider and powdered sugar together to make the glaze.  Start with one tablespoon at a time, adding more apple cider as needed.  When the glaze slowly drips off the end of a fork, it is a good consistency for drizzling.

Notes

This recipe is adapted from A Family Feast’s New England Apple Cider Cake.  Go check out the blog for more great recipes!