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Apple Cider Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
24 mins
Rich, moist, apple cider cake frosted with a crisp apple cinnamon frosting, making it the perfect autumn treat!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider layer cake, boiled cider cake
Author: Jackie
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • teaspoon all spice
  • teaspoon ground ginger
  • teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups buttermilk room temperature
  • ¼ cup boiled apple cider
  • Apple Cider Frosting-
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons boiled cider
To Make the Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8-inch or three 6-inch round cake pans.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, and spices in a large bowl; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer, beat together butter, oil, and sugar until pale and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Scrape down sides of bowl and add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly before each addition. Stir in vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk and boiled syrup.
  5. Gradually alternate adding the dry mixture and the buttermilk cider to the butter/egg mixture (3 flour additions, 2 buttermilk additions), mixing only until just combined. After all ingredients have been added, stir batter a few more times with a wooden spoon or spatula.

  6. Evenly spoon batter into prepared pans. Bake cakes 8-inch cakes 25-27 minutes or 6-inch cakes for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted in the center and comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans for 10 minutes then invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
To Make the Frosting
  1. Beat butter, cinnamon, and vanilla until light and fluffy. With the beaters running on low, gradually powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons of boiled cider. Increase mixer speed too high and beat frosting until airy, about 5 minutes.
  1. If necessary, cut off cake domes using a serrated knife to level.
  2. Place one layer of cake on a cake stand or serving plate.
  3. Top cake with ⅔ cup of frosting. Repeat with remaining layers then frost the outer sides of the cake.
  4. If desired, use remaining frosting to pipe around the top of the cake. Sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon and top with apples, if desired. Chill for 20 minutes before serving.