Do you ever daydream about donuts, muffins or donut cakes? If not, I admire your restraint, but we’re about to change that! Meet the apple cider donut cake: spiced generously with nutmeg and brimming with apple goodness, it echoes the flavors of your favorite fall donut—minus the frying and in a convenient square shape. It’s the reduction of apple cider that gives it its irresistible flavour. Then, the juice is added to the cake batter and glaze. This boosts the flavor, and the cake is infused with a tart, sweet taste that pairs perfectly with nutmeg to create the classic cider donut. Perfect for using up apple cider from your autumn outings or weekend market hauls, this cake embodies fall’s warmth and is a hit with both kids and adults.
What You’ll Need: Apple Cider Donut Cake
Preheat the oven to 350ºF and set an oven rack in the middle position. Butter or spray nonstick spray on an 8-inch metal square baking pan. Line the pan with an 8×16-inch piece of parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides. You’ll have to create seams in the corners and along the edges of the pan to get it to stay put.
Bring the apples to a boil in a small pan.