Delicious Fall Treat: Apple Cider Pound Cake Recipe

In my humble culinary opinion, there is nothing that screams “fall” more than apple cider. The warm and fragrant aroma of freshly pressed apples, paired with cinnamon and nutmeg, is enough to make anyone feel cozy and content. And what better way to infuse your life with the spirit of autumn than through a luscious moist Apple Cider Pound Cake?

My recipe for this cake is the perfect combination of sweet and savory flavors that will have you coming back for more. The vanilla bean flavor, which infuses each bite, perfectly complements the caramelized taste of the apple pie spice, while the fluffy pound cake texture makes it simply irresistible.

As a specialist in British cuisine, I have taken this recipe to another level by using a unique blend of ingredients that reflects the essence of seasonal flavors while adding new twists of delicacy. Whether you want something sweet for breakfast or need an afternoon pick-me-up, this Apple Cider Pound Cake recipe will satisfy all your cravings. Trust me – this pound cake will become your new favorite autumn dessert!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Apple Cider Pound Cake
Apple Cider Pound Cake

Dear friends, let me tell you why you will absolutely fall in love with this apple cider pound cake recipe.

First and foremost, the warm aroma of apple pie spice combined with the rich vanilla infusion will make your kitchen smell like a cozy haven on a chilly autumn day. The pumpkin spice latte is so last year! This is what you need to get into that sweaters-and-boots season mood.

Secondly, let’s talk about how easy it is to whip up this glorious cake. With just a few readily available ingredients and basic baking skills under your belt, you can have a delicious apple cider pound cake to show off to your friends and family. Impress them with your baking prowess without breaking a sweat!

But hold on, it gets even better. The moist and fluffy texture of the cake gives way to pockets of soft diced apples throughout. Every bite is a taste of autumn bliss. The combination of tangy-sweet apple cider glaze and cinnamon sugar topping adds an extra layer of flavor and texture that makes this pound cake an all-around crowd-pleaser.

You can serve it fresh out of the oven or make it ahead of time for a special occasion. Pair it with hot apple cider or sparkling cider for ultimate festive vibes. Trust me when I say, there won’t be any leftovers!

In conclusion, this apple cider pound cake recipe is ridiculously easy, heavenly aromatic, and perfectly balanced in flavor and texture. It’s not just a cake, it’s a story – the story of America’s Test Kitchen meets a traditional British sponge. So go ahead and give it a try!

Ingredient List

 A slice of warm and comforting apple cider pound cake
A slice of warm and comforting apple cider pound cake

Gather These Ingredients For a Delicious Apple Cider Pound Cake

This luscious Apple Cider Pound Cake recipe is made using simple ingredients that can be found in any kitchen. From the spicy aroma of cinnamon to the tangy kick of apple cider, there’s something special about this cake that will instantly make you crave for more. Here are the essential ingredients:

  • All-Purpose Flour 3 cups
  • Baking Powder 1 tsp
  • Apple Pie Spice 2 tsp
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Shortening 1/2 cup
  • Butter (softened) 1/2 cup
  • Sugar 2 cups
  • Large Eggs 6
  • Vanilla Extract 2 tsp
  • Apple Cider or Apple Juice 1 cup

The perfect combination of ingredients in this recipe makes this cake an irresistible snack or dessert option, especially on fall and winter days. Preheat your oven and let’s get started on baking a delicious Apple Cider Pound Cake!

The Recipe How-To

 Delicious apple aroma wafting through the kitchen, straight out of the oven
Delicious apple aroma wafting through the kitchen, straight out of the oven

Now, for the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the recipe itself! This Apple Cider Pound Cake recipe is sure to be a hit with your friends and family. Follow these simple steps to create a delicious cake that packs the perfect combination of sweetness and spice.


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup of shortening
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons of apple pie spice
  • 3/4 cup of apple cider


Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour your 10-inch (25cm) Bundt pan.

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy.

Step 3: Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract.

Step 4: In another mixing bowl whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt and apple pie spice.

Step 5: Gradually add dry ingredients into the wet mixture until just combined.

Step 6: Stir in apple cider until just combined. Don’t overmix the batter.

Step 7: Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top evenly with spatula.

Step 8: Bake for about 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 9: Cool cake in pan over wire rack for 15 minutes, remove from the pan and cool it completely on wire rack.

Optional Cider Glaze:

Mix together 1/4 cup of apple cider and 2 cups of powdered sugar to make a delicious icing. Pour it over the cooled cake and enjoy!

Optional Sparkling Apple Cider:

Pair your cake with this special sparkling cider that is sure to enhance the flavors of the pound cake!

  • Fill half glasses with apple cider.
  • Add a splash of sparkling cider on top.

This recipe is ridiculously easy to make, so don’t worry if you’re not a baking expert. Just follow these steps and you’ll see how delicious your Apple Cider Pound Cake turns out!

Substitutions and Variations

 This cake is as American as apple pie, but with a British twist
This cake is as American as apple pie, but with a British twist

If you’re feeling adventurous, or if you simply want to switch things up a bit, there are plenty of substitutions and variations that you can try with this apple cider pound cake recipe.

Firstly, you could swap out the vanilla extract for almond or orange extract to add extra depth of flavor to the cake. You may also use other spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves instead of the apple pie spice. If you prefer a more subtle spice profile, reduce the amount you use or leave it out entirely.

The type of flour can also be switched out. Instead of all-purpose flour, try it with whole wheat flour, pastry flour, or even almond or coconut flour for a gluten-free version.

For a more health-conscious option, swap some of the butter and shortening for unsweetened applesauce or Greek yogurt to reduce calories and fat content. Alternatively, use avocado oil or coconut oil in place of shortening and butter.

If you want your apple cider pound cake to have a denser texture characteristic of a bundt cake, add another 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour to your dry ingredients.

You can also make this recipe into muffins by dividing the batter among 12 greased muffin cups and baking them in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes.

Lastly, top your cake with cinnamon sugar frosting or a cider glaze made from reduced warm sparkling cider mixed with powdered sugar until it forms a thick pourable consistency.

With these substitutions and variations, you can create endless flavor possibilities when making this ridiculously easy yet delicious apple cider pound cake recipe.

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for fall mornings or cozy nights by the fire
Perfect for fall mornings or cozy nights by the fire

This delicious Apple Cider Pound Cake is best served when it is warm and fresh out of the oven. You can also serve it with a dollop of whipped cream or a side of vanilla ice cream, which will add an extra layer of sweetness to this already delectable cake.

You can pair this cake with a variety of beverages, including apple cider, sparkling apple juice, or even a cup of coffee or tea. The cider glaze on the top adds an extra festive touch to this recipe, making it perfect for serving at holiday gatherings.

One great thing about this cake is that it can be served all year round. Its warm and cozy flavors make it perfect for enjoying during the chilly fall and winter months, but its refreshing apple taste can also be enjoyed during the warmer spring and summer months.

For an extra special treat, try slicing your pound cake and topping it off with some cinnamon sugar or even some caramel sauce. This will add an extra layer of flavor and delight to the already delicious cake.

Whether you’re serving up a slice of this cake for breakfast or dessert, it’s sure to impress your guests with its mouth-watering flavors and beautiful presentation. So slice away and enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Got apples? Make this scrumptious dessert!
Got apples? Make this scrumptious dessert!

Once you have made this delightful apple cider pound cake recipe, you might want to store it or reheat it for later use. Let me guide you through some important information to help preserve the taste and texture of your masterpiece.

To store the cake, make sure it has completely cooled down before wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. I recommend placing it in an airtight container to prevent any air from getting in and ruining the cake’s texture. Then, store your cake at room temperature for up to three days, or in the fridge for up to one week.

If you plan on reheating your cake, then preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). You can either reheat individual slices, or the entire cake. Remove the plastic wrap or foil and place the cake on a baking sheet. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 10-15 minutes if reheating slices, or up to 30 minutes if reheating the whole cake.

Do not microwave your cake as it may dry out your cake and change its texture.

In conclusion, this apple cider pound cake recipe with its rich flavors can be stored and reheated with some care but bear in mind that freshly baked cake tastes best, so eat while still deliciously hot!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A slice of this cake is like a hug in a mug
A slice of this cake is like a hug in a mug

The success of this apple cider pound cake recipe is all in the details. Here are some tips to ensure you get a perfectly moist and flavorful cake every time.

Firstly, ensure that all your ingredients are at room temperature before you begin. This will help them to mix more easily and create a smoother batter. I like to take my butter and eggs out of the fridge at least an hour before I start baking.

When it comes to measuring ingredients, do so precisely using measuring cups and spoons to ensure consistency. This is especially important when it comes to the leavening agents such as baking powder as too much or too little can affect the texture of your cake.

I recommend sifting the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, spices) together before adding them to the wet mixture as it helps to aerate and evenly distribute them. This creates a lighter, fluffier texture in your cake.

For added flavor, consider using high-quality, pure vanilla extract. It may be a small detail, but it makes a world of difference in taste.

When pouring the batter into your greased pan, only fill it two-thirds of the way full; otherwise, you risk spillage or overflow during baking.

Finally, don’t be tempted to open the oven door during baking unless absolutely necessary. Opening the door allows heat to escape and can cause your cake to deflate or cook unevenly. Trust your oven timer and use a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake to check for doneness instead.

By following these tips, you’ll have a perfect apple cider pound cake that’s sure to impress your guests or satisfy your sweet tooth.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Apple Cider Pound Cake Recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves cake and the taste of autumn. With its warm and comforting flavours, it’s the perfect dessert for any special occasion or just a cozy evening in. It’s a recipe that’s easy to follow, and the ingredients are simple and accessible. Whether you’re an experienced baker or just starting out, this recipe is sure to impress.

The apple cider in this pound cake adds a unique touch that makes it stand out from other recipes. When paired with the cinnamon sugar topping or the sparkling apple cider glaze, it becomes unbelievably delicious. Even those who may not typically enjoy pound cake will quickly change their minds after tasting this one.

Additionally, this recipe is versatile and allows for modifications to accommodate dietary restrictions or variations in taste. Whether you choose to experiment with different spices or substitute oils and flours, your end result will still be an incredibly decadent cake.

In short, I highly recommend that you add this Apple Cider Pound Cake Recipe to your baking repertoire. The combination of moist cake and rich apple flavour is irresistible, and it’s bound to become a favourite among anyone who tries it. As for me, I’ll be enjoying every slice of this ridiculously easy yet incredibly delicious cake with a hot cup of tea – because life’s too short not to indulge in the bounties of autumn.

Apple Cider Pound Cake

Apple Cider Pound Cake Recipe

This recipe comes from the Johnson County Kentucky Apple Festival Cookbook. 25th Anniversary 1987
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword < 4 Hours, Apple, Dessert, Fruit
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Calories 667.4kcal


  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Cream butter and shortening; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Combine next 4 ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with apple cider, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
  • Stir in vanilla.
  • Pour batter into a greased and floured 10 inch tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  • Cool in pan 10 to 15 minutes.


Serving: 154g | Calories: 667.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 7.8g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 15.2g | Cholesterol: 175.7mg | Sodium: 308mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 60.4g

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