Apple Cider Pound Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

How wrong would it be for me turn my air conditioning on at the end of October? I mean, I live in Illinois, you guys. It’s not supposed to be 80 degrees and humid right now. It’s supposed to be nippy and crisp and cool and WHY CAN’T I WEAR MY JACKET?

Stupid t-shirts. I’m so over you.

Apparently, it’s supposed to be in the low 50s tomorrow. 80s today, 50s tomorrow. Oh, Illinois. I hate you so much.

Let’s talk about things I do not hate instead.

Leaves. They’re everywhere and I don’t have to rake them. That’s what boys are for.

My daughter. She just learned what breast feeding is and discussing it with her is the most entertaining thing I’ve ever done. Aside from that time she learned how babies are made. That was pretty fun, too.

My son, who happens to have man sized feet and man sized hands and, sadly, man sized smells. Oof.

Apple Cider. It’s just screams fall.

Apple Cider Cake. Tastes like an apple cider donut without all the work of cutting out donuts.

Apple Cider Glaze. It’s strong, and the kids did not like it, but I thought it was yummy. There’s some serious tangy apple flavor happening in it. If you don’t think you’d go for that, why not drizzle some cinnamon syrup or caramel sauce all over your cake instead?

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Apple Cider Pound Cake with Apple Cider Glaze


For the cake:
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
6 eggs
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup apple cider
1 teaspoon vanilla
For the glaze:
1 cup apple cider
1/2 - 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
dash of salt


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a bundt pan.
In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined.
In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
Combine the cider and vanilla.
Add dry ingredients alternately with the cider and mix until well blended.
Pour into the greased bundt pan and bake for 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool for 20 minutes in the pan before removing to a cake stand or plate. Cool completely before icing.
To make the glaze:
Bring the cider to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir in the butter, cinnamon, salt, and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar until well combined. Add remaining powdered sugar to thicken the glaze, if desired.

adapted from Taste of Home

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52 Responses to “Apple Cider Pound Cake with Apple Cider Glaze”

  1. Mia October 25, 2012 @ 11:25 am (#

    … Oh my God. This looks AMAZING.

    Mia | McCormick & Murphy, P.C.


  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks October 25, 2012 @ 11:38 am (#

    Love this big beautiful bundt! Apple cider worked into the cake AND the glaze sounds perfect!


  3. Cookbook Queen October 25, 2012 @ 12:15 pm (#

    I agree. OVER this warm weather. OVER IT!!

    I actually transitioned to Fall a few weeks ago. Meaning, I wear Fall clothing, regardless of the weather, and make Fall food and live in oblivion. The other day my husband was all, “aren’t you hot in that sweater” and I was all, “it doesn’t matter, I’ve transitioned, there’s no turning back”

    I mean really, we can’t keep up with the back and forth madness. There has to be a line drawn at some point.

    Anyways, what I’m getting at is, this cake is perfect for my current mindframe. Which is FALL.


  4. kim-the-girl October 25, 2012 @ 12:33 pm (#

    I totally turned on my air conditioning last night. There was just no way I could sleep in my 80 degree bedroom 8 months pregnant! It was awesome waking up and wanting to stay under the covers. :).

    This cake looks super tummy! I made your pumpkin and brown butter glaze a couple weeks ago and it was perfect fall food… I will have to give this a go when my hubby gets back in town.


  5. Tanya October 25, 2012 @ 1:11 pm (#

    Im in Illinois too and I’ve had my air on the past two days. I’m so annoyed by this weather. A few weeks ago I went out and bought my 7 month old some fall/winter clothes and put his summer stuff away. Now I’ve had to bring it back out. Go away heat, it’s almost november!


    • Karly replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 8:09 pm


      I think you can bring the Fall clothes out now. It sure cooled off quick today, didn’t it?


      • Tanya replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

        @Karly, It certainly did! What weird weather.


  6. Jess October 25, 2012 @ 1:14 pm (#

    This looks amazing!


  7. northern cottage October 25, 2012 @ 1:58 pm (#

    sounds absolutely fabulously wonderful – happy fall – hope you enjoy it when it makes it your way!!


  8. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel October 25, 2012 @ 5:14 pm (#

    Illinois better get their junk together or else.
    At least you stuck it to the big woman (Mother Nature, yo) by making this fall cake. We don’t need her. Just extra glaze.


  9. Cassie October 25, 2012 @ 5:25 pm (#

    I actually just turned my AC off today. It’s been crazy here…85 yesterday, 45 and falling today!


  10. S. Wilkerson October 25, 2012 @ 7:49 pm (#

    Last week it was blankets – this week it’s fans.

    And the neighbor’s roses are blooming – roses in October are unnatural, y’all.

    Great fall-ish cake though, maybe if we asked Mother Nature in for cake and tea she’d get the idea.


    • Karly replied: — October 25th, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

      @S. Wilkerson,

      My roses are blooming, too! And by “my” I really mean “the older lady with a green thumb who owned this house before I did.” I am not a gardener.


  11. Joanne October 25, 2012 @ 7:57 pm (#

    I’m all for tangy apple flavor! Go big or go home. :)

    And seriously…all of this flip flopping weather is driving me INSANE!


  12. Deborah October 25, 2012 @ 8:31 pm (#

    Can I have a slice with the apple cider glaze AND the cinnamon syrup?? :) (and I woke up to snow this morning. Be grateful you didn’t…)


  13. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 25, 2012 @ 9:05 pm (#

    Love this!! I love some tang in my apple desserts :)


  14. Karen October 25, 2012 @ 11:15 pm (#

    I love apples and this cake looks delicious! Your weather sounds like the weather down here in Texas- bipolar!


  15. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 26, 2012 @ 4:55 am (#

    So pretty! Apple cider in a cake like this is so tasty! Great recipe :)


  16. sally @ sallys baking addiction October 26, 2012 @ 8:26 am (#

    Karly, I love this gorgeous pound cake! Apple cider in all forms. It’s so beautiful – almost too pretty to eat! hahahaha ALMOST! SO moist with all those eggs and butter I bet. Man I love pound cake lol


  17. Therese October 26, 2012 @ 8:33 am (#

    I loved the warmth. It was to 80% humidity that was killer. I am in the middle of a move and it made it so hard to breath going up and down the stairs. But got to be happy they called off the snow!!!!
    The Cake looks so good. Great way to warm up the house. To bad I have no time :(.


  18. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl October 26, 2012 @ 12:16 pm (#

    We set a record high temperature here on Wedensday – 91 degrees. And then last night, we were under a freeze advisory. Whatsupwiththat?

    I LOVE this cake – that apple cider glaze looks amazing. You take gorgeous photos!


  19. Tracy October 26, 2012 @ 1:17 pm (#

    I’m with you; we’re having a few 80 degrees here in upstate NY as well. Where did fall go?! This pound cake looks delicious, though…perhaps I’ll bake it when the weather goes back to normal. 😉


  20. Chelsea {Whatcha Makin' Now?} October 27, 2012 @ 8:25 pm (#

    This looks delicious! You take amazing pictures! Pinning this one for sure.


  21. Jeannie October 28, 2012 @ 6:27 am (#

    What a lovely looking bundt cake and I love the flavor a lot!


  22. The Squishy Monster October 28, 2012 @ 7:43 pm (#

    I’ve officially fallen in love with your glaze. We’ve decided to run away together =)


    • Karly replied: — October 28th, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

      @The Squishy Monster,

      Send me your wedding announcement so I can mail you two a gift! :)


  23. Rebecca October 30, 2012 @ 10:59 am (#

    I made this over the weekend for dinner with my sister-in-law and her husband. After her first bite, my sister in law announced that it was better than apple pie (a favorite in my husband’s family). Thanks for posting such an awesome treat!


  24. Kathy H. January 29, 2013 @ 11:47 pm (#

    Hi Karly,
    This cake looked great. Had some apple cider left over from a pork roast I made. Did not have good results though. I follow your recipe but I would not cook in the center. Stayed liquid.. I don’t know what happen. Any thoughts… I have never had a cake do this… Thanks


    • Karly replied: — January 31st, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

      Hi Kathy!

      Sorry to hear that! I’m not sure what could have gone wrong. So strange! I’ve had no problems with it at all.


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  26. Cathy Johnson October 15, 2013 @ 10:52 am (#

    I’m also in Illinois – northwestern — and we have an apple orchard here that makes wonderful apple cider donuts. They sell them warm and fresh fromthe oven at their apple barn. Heavenly, and we wait all year for their return! I wonder if this cake would be similar to them if dusted with a cinnamon/supergranulated sugar combination instead of the glaze?


    • Karly replied: — October 19th, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

      I bet it would! I love a good apple cider donut. (I do have a recipe on here for apple cider donuts, if you wanted to try your hand at them!)


  27. Claire October 18, 2013 @ 2:53 am (#

    Should I use flour that already contains a raising agent or is the half teaspoon of baking powder the only one?


    • Karly replied: — October 19th, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

      The baking powder is all you need. Pound cake is traditionally very dense, so we don’t want it to rise much. :)


  28. Kate October 22, 2013 @ 2:41 pm (#

    Could I make the cake a day early, then make the glaze the next day and put on right before serving? Not sure if it tastes best the day its baked or if it will be fine on day 2. Looks great!


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  30. Stephanie Searor October 4, 2014 @ 9:40 pm (#

    This looks so amazing. I’ve just taken it out of the oven, and I want to eat some SO BADLY! The spices and cider really added a beautiful fragrance, and I tasted the batter- it was delightful! I ended up baking for longer than 70 minutes, more like 85. So, that could’ve been the problem that the lady had who’s batter was still runny.

    I’m all for fall…tonight it’s cooled down here in North Carolina, and I think the warm weather is finally leaving. It’s been so warm that I’m still harvesting peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes!

    Thanks for this delicious recipe, can’t wait to have some for breakfast!! :)


  31. Julie November 26, 2014 @ 9:57 am (#

    How much cinnamon do you use for the glaze?


    • Karly replied: — November 27th, 2014 @ 9:16 am

      Sorry about that! You’ll need a half teaspoon.


  32. Tasha November 30, 2014 @ 6:57 pm (#

    Just made this and let me tell you it was delicious and so moist. I cooked mines a little longer but other then that the recipe was awesome! :)


    • Karly replied: — December 1st, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

      Glad to hear that! :)


  33. Adele Aiken August 27, 2015 @ 7:31 pm (#

    Have you ever tried this recipe in muffin tins? Or perhaps in a 9×13 pan?


    • Karly replied: — August 28th, 2015 @ 7:35 am

      I haven’t tried it, but I would think it would work. You’ll just have to adjust the baking time. Not sure if all of the batter will fit in a 9×13 or not, though.


  34. Jess September 23, 2015 @ 12:10 pm (#

    I absolutely love this recipe! So much so I added it to my ultimate apple recipe roundup…I hope you will come by and take a look! Have a great week xo



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