Apple Cider Pound Cake

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Apple Cider Pound Cake is a fluffy loaf cake full of apple cider flavor and dusted with cinnamon sugar. This cake reminds me of those apple cider doughnuts you get when you go apple picking!

If you love those doughnuts, you’re going to love this easy loaf cake recipe!

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Apple Cider Pound Cake - an easy pound cake that tastes like an apple cider doughnut!

Apple picking is one of my favorite fall activities. It’s such a fun afternoon activity with the whole family.

I never went apple picking growing up because there wasn’t an orchard close by. But now that I live outside Sacramento, we’re only an hour from Apple Hill, which is an area full of apple growers. Every fall they throw open their doors and the hoards of yuppies drive in from the city to eat pie, pick apples, and buy goodies.

(Seriously, remember that movie Baby Boom? Where the people don their plaid shirts and drive up to the country to buy homemade baby food? I think of that movie every year we drive up there.)

Our first stop is always at Rainbow Orchards because they have the BEST apple cider doughnuts. They’re cooked to order, hot, crunchy, and perfect. (It’s the one day a year that Mel eats a doughnut, so you know they’re good.)

Rainbow also has the best apple cider. I always buy a quart and then I come home and bake with it. This loaf cake is a result of baking with that delicious apple cider!

Apple Cider Pound Cake reminds me of a doughnut – it’s soft and sweet with a hint of apple cider and a crunchy cinnamon sugar topping!

Easy Apple Cider Pound Cake Recipe

This is my favorite pound cake recipe. It started out as a lemon pound cake that made two loaves. It turned itself into orange pound cake and then banana, and then I decided I didn’t want a huge pound cake just for me, so I turned it into a single pound cake loaf made with champagne.

What makes this the best pound cake recipe?

For one, it makes one loaf, which is perfect when you don’t want a full cake.

This cake has a moist and tender crumb that just melts in your mouth, thanks to a few ingredients:

  • Melted butter – I love using melted butter in my cake recipes.
  • Sour cream – gives it a nice moist and tenderness
  • 3 eggs for the one loaf, which add to the structure of the cake

Why is this the perfect pound cake for fall?

Thanks to the apple cider flavor, this cake makes you immediately think of apple picking. It’s enhanced by a hefty addition of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. When this is in your oven, your house will smell like fall.

Easy Apple Cider Pound Cake Recipe

How do you keep cake moist?

We all hate the word moist, but when you’re talking about cake it’s an important distinction. This cake is not dry and it’s got extra flavor thanks to my secret ingredient:

Glaze the warm cake with a simple syrup made of apple cider and sugar for extra flavor!


That’s right: I give the cake extra apple cider flavor with that glaze.

How do you make simple syrup with cider?

It’s really easy to make homemade simple syrup. All you have to do is:

  • Boil sugar and liquid (in this case, apple cider) until the sugar dissolves.
  • Let it cool.

Once the cake comes out of the oven you brush it all over top, ensuring that the cake will stay moist, even if it happens to get over baked!

Make this pound cake loaf taste like a donut!

Once the simple syrup gets brushed on I sprinkle the top of the cake with cinnamon sugar. This adds some crunch and flavor and more texture. It really will remind you of an apple cider doughnut!

Apple cider pound cake loaf with slices in the front and words on top

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Apple Cider Pound Cake

This Apple Cider Pound Cake is fluffy, moist, and tastes like fall! The apple cider and spices add great flavor, and the cinnamon sugar gives a crunch. It’s like an apple cider doughnut in cake form!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


For the cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup apple cider

For the glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider

For the topping:

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9×5″ loaf pan with parchment paper, then spray it with nonstick cooking spray (the kind with flour) or grease and flour it.
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, salt , cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Stir melted butter, sugar, and sour cream or Greek yogurt in a large bowl. Stir in eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Add apple cider and dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 34-40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. (Mine took 39 minutes.)
  • While the cake is baking, make the glaze. Heat the sugar and apple cider in a small saucepan over medium heat until it boils. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
  • Stir together topping ingredients, sugar and cinnamon, in a small bowl.
  • Cool pound cake for 15 minutes in the pan. Use a knife to loosen around the edges, then carefully remove the cake and place it on a cooling rack set over a cookie sheet. Use a pastry brush to brush the apple cider glaze over the top of the cake. Immediately sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture. Let cool before eating.
  • Store loosely covered at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month. I like to slice and freeze the slices in sandwich bags.

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 344IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake
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Enjoy this easy loaf cake – an Apple Cider Pound Cake Loaf that’s the perfect dessert for fall.

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  1. We went up to Apple Hill yesterday! And brought back 3 jugs of cider, 12 cider donuts, and I don’t even know how many pounds of apples. Guess I need to save a cup of the cider and make this cake. Gee, darn.

  2. the texture of this cake looks fantastic! I just bought a bottle of apple cider yesterday so I am totally making this! 

  3. I’m making this right now and it smells incredible!!  But I’m going on 45 min and it’s not even close to done.  Edges seem to be browning fine and not burning but center is nowhere near done.  Concerned why it’s taking longer than the longest cook time in your recipe?

    1. It could be oven difference! Let me know how long it ends up taking yours and let me know. I took it out with a few crumbs stuck to the toothpick – but my oven is new and maybe it’s cooking faster than it should!

  4. lol. Consumption of food is my favorite part about food too 🙂 Thanks for the recipe! It’s fall-ish and makes me warm inside. Bet it’s delicious too.

  5. I have not gone apple picking yet, but it has been raining here 24/7 for the past 2 weeks.. so venturing out into the cold, windy world isn’t really appealing!  But, once this weather clears up the first thing I plan on doing is hitting up the orchard!  And I am TOTALLY going to be baking up this apple cider pound cake!  This looks craaaazy good!  Loves it!  Pinned!  P.s I am a total pack rat too!  But, I just tell myself that i’m simply not wasteful.  Ha.  😉  

  6. Shut the front door!! This is genius, Dorothy. I’m making apple cider pound cake as soon as I get some free time. Love it!!

  7. This looks scrumptious! I’m thinking it may be great to have for Thanksgiving even – something different than pie on our dessert table for picky guests! 😉

  8. I’m pack rat too.  I just cleaned out my office, aka the catch-all.  I found all the response cards to our wedding, it was 13 years ago today.  I also found my original Swatches from middle/high school in the original cases and lot of other treasures.  Needless to say, many, many bags were removed and either donated, throw out or recycled.  

    1. Watches – yes! I found several the other day. And today I started on my office and emptied 4 drawers into the trash or Goodwill pile. It’s insane what we keep!!

  9. I feel your pain. I’m always trying to keep my pack rat tendencies in check because my husband HATES it! Although I’d rather just ignore the fact that my closets are bursting while I indulge in this delicious treat!