Dec 22

Sparkling Cider Bundt Cake

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have half a bottle of Sparkling Apple Cider left over after Christmas and you’ll be wondering what to do with it. Solution: make Sparkling Cider Bundt Cake!

Sparkling Apple Cider Cake - this easy recipe uses Sparkling Apple Cider in every part of the recipe! Perfect for a party!

A few weeks ago Mel said we should have a New Year’s Eve party. My mouth dropped in shock – we’re not normally party throwers. I mean, I love throwing parties but I’m much to lazy, introverted and antisocial to actually do it most of the time.

Anyway, we were trying to figure out what to do for the big night and he threw that nugget out there. I didn’t waste any time – I immediately sent out an Evite and so far, 14 people (adults and kids) are coming. !!!!!

Now I need to figure out what to make and what to do for the evening. I also need to figure out how to stay up until midnight, since that hasn’t happened on New Year’s Eve in, oh, 10+ years.

Sparkling Apple Cider Cake Recipe

I’m currently perusing all my favorite blogs finding fun appetizers and drinks to serve. Do you cook new things for each party or do you stick to the same stuff time and again? I always have the best intentions to try new things, but then I end up just doing the same old things. I’d love to know some of your favorite appetizer recipes!

One thing we always have at every holiday, be it Christmas, New Years, or a birthday, is Sparkling Apple Cider. I think it’s been at every gathering my entire life, actually. Nowadays I drink champagne whenever possible, but the kids like to feel like they’re part of the fun too, so I always serve Jordan some sparkling cider in her very own champagne glass.

Then, after she drinks 1.5 glasses of the good stuff, I have over half a bottle left over. By day 2 she’s forgotten all about it and by day 3 it’s no longer fizzy…so what to do?

Oh yeah, I know. Make this Sparkling Cider Bundt Cake!

Easy Sparkling Apple Cider Cake Recipe

Last year I made a Champagne Pound Cake and y’all went nuts for it. I must say, it’s still one of my favorite recipes. A few weeks ago, after Thanksgiving, I had Sparkling Cider leftover and I immediately thought, I should make that pound cake for New Year’s Eve. And I should make it a full sized bundt!

So that’s what I did, except we ate it at Mom’s Night…because NYE isn’t until next week! By then, we’ll be eating Super Bowl and Valentine’s Desserts. #foodbloggerproblems

There are three components to this cake: the cake, the glaze, and the icing.

The cake is a basic pound cake recipe, except I use sparkling cider for the liquid. I also start the cake with melted butter because I love the way a liquid fat makes the final cake taste. The cake also gets it’s leavening from a combination of baking soda, baking powder, eggs, and vinegar. Those combined with the bubbles in the sparkling cider make for a very fluffy yet dense cake.

While the cake is baking, I make a simple syrup glaze for it. This glaze is made by boiling equal parts sparking cider and sugar to make a thick and sweet topping for the cake. You take the cake out of the pan while it’s still warm and you brush it all over with the sparkling cider glaze. This seeps into the cake, giving it more cider flavor while adding moisture to the cake.

And then, if all that wasn’t enough, the cake is frosted with a simple sparkling cider icing made with melted butter, powdered sugar, and more cider. The result? A moist bundt cake that is full to the brim with Sparkling Cider flavor!!

Sparkling Apple Cider Cake - this easy recipe uses Sparkling Apple Cider in every part of the recipe! Perfect for a party!

This cake is perfect for any occasion, but especially on New Year’s or Christmas. I don’t know why those holidays scream Sparkling Cider to me, but they do.

Now if only staying up until midnight was as easy as making this cake… 🙂

Sparkling Cider Bundt Cake

Yield: 12 servings

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes plus cooling

This Sparkling Cider Bundt Cake is an easy cake recipe made with Sparkling Cider in the cake, the glaze, and the frosting! It's the perfect party cake.


For the cake:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon sour cream or plain Greek yogurt

  • 5 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

  • 1 cup sparkling (apple) cider

For the glaze:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup sparkling cider

For the icing:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

  • pinch salt

  • 1-2 tablespoons sparkling cider

  • Sprinkles, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 12-cup bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray (the kind with flour) or grease and flour it.

  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  3. 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 and white vinegar. Add sparkling cider and dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Pour into prepared pan.

  4. Place bundt pan on a cookie sheet. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

  5. While the cake is baking, make the glaze. Heat the sugar and sparkling cider in a small saucepan over medium heat until it boils. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.

  6. Cool cake for 15 minutes in the pan. Use a knife to loosen around the edges, then carefully invert the cake onto serving plate. Use a pastry brush to brush the sparkling cider glaze over the top of the cake. Let cool completely.

  7. Make the icing: whisk the melted butter, powdered sugar, and salt. Whisk in the sparking cider, starting with 1 tablespoon and adding more as needed for desired consistency. Frost cake and sprinkle with decorative sprinkles, if desired.

  8. Store loosely covered at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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