Spiced Apple Cider Bourbon Bundt Cake

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If the Fall season could have a favorite bake, it would definitely be this Spiced Apple Cider Bourbon Bundt Cake! A super simple dump cake infused with warming spices, apple cider, a splash of bourbon, and sweetened entirely with brown sugar. It’s everything you love about Fall, but baked into a delicious bundt! Every bite is moist, bourbon-y, perfectly balanced between sweet and spiced, and just enough apple cider to really round it all together. The best part? This cake is no fuss, requires only two bowls, is naturally dairy-free, full of flavor, and a serious crowd pleaser. Serve as an extra special breakfast treat this Fall season or even as a simple dessert that everyone is sure to love.

apple bundt cake on plate with gold leaf garand around, two gold forks, and gold bowl of brown sugar beside with glass of bourbon behind.

About The Recipe

Fall is for no-fuss recipes. I mean, with everything going on during the season, it’s always good to have quick, easy, and delicious recipes that you can mix up in one or two bowls, bake in less than an hour, and taste just as good as they look!

That was our inspiration behind this super simple Spiced Apple Cider Bourbon Bundt Cake.

Though, I will admit, getting this recipe just right wasn’t quite so simple.

It took three solid test bakes for us to get this cake perfect. The first test was, sadly, flavorless. It was sweet and…creamy? It definitely wasn’t what we were looking for at all. So, we completely changed the recipe.

The second test bake was with an oil-based cake and we added pretty much more of everything to give it some flavor. This cake was better, but our oil ratio was WAY off. The cake was rubbery and oily. It tasted good, but when you touched it, it literally left oil on your hands.

Our third test is where we finally got things right! We scaled back the oil slightly and adjusted our baking time and temperature. This resulted in the PERFECT cake.

overhead shot of bundt cake with gold leaf garland around, two slices on white plate with white flowers, gold bowl of brown sugar and two forks beside on marble surface

It’s dense, but it’s still light and moist, flavorful, and really tastes like Fall! Plus, it’s so simple and it works wonderfully as a breakfast cake or even dessert.

Reasons You Will Love This Apple Cider Bourbon Cake

  • Super simple.
  • Only requires two bowls to mix up!
  • Sweetened entirely with brown sugar.
  • Bourbon-y without having too much.
  • The perfect blend of sweet and spiced.
  • A real crowd pleaser!
  • Can be eaten as breakfast, brunch, or even dessert.
front shot of bundt cake on grey plate with gold garlic, glass of white flowers behind, and stack of plates.

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

(Full ingredient amounts and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)

  • Fresh Apple Cider
  • Large Eggs
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Bourbon
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Brown Sugar
  • Apple Pie Spice
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
apple cider, flour, eggs, salt, baking soda, apple pie spice, baking powder, brown sugar, vegetable oil, and bourbon on marble surface

How To Make Apple Cider Bourbon Bundt Cake

Step 1: Combine

In a medium bowl, whisk together cider, eggs, oil, and bourbon. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, apple pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.

Step 2: Bake

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until cake tests done. Let cool in the pan.

Once the cake is cool, turn out onto cooling rack or cake plate.

baked bundt cake on cooling rack.

How To Store

You can keep this cake covered, at room temperature, for about 1-2 days. Alternatively, you can keep it covered in the fridge for 5-7 days. Though, the absolute best way to store this cake is to freeze it! You can freeze the cake as a whole, or individual slices. Just be sure to cover it and it will keep for 1-2 months.

Substitutions

  • You can use cinnamon instead of apple pie spice in this recipe!
  • To make this recipe vegan, you can use your favorite vegan eggs (we personally love Just Egg!).

Looking for more recipes like this? Here are a few you may like: Apple Bundt Cake with Caramel Drizzle, Apple Pie Fritters, Apple Walnut and Raisin Breakfast Cake, Apple Cider Donut Holes

apple cider bundt cake on plate with slices missing with forks and bowl beside, garland around, and glass of bourbon

Expert Tips

  • Check the expiration date on your baking powder and baking soda.
  • Be sure to heavily grease your bundt pan!
  • We used a party bundt to make this recipe. If you use another pan, you may have less slices.
  • If you are unsure that this cake is done baking, use a cake tester or toothpick to insert into the middle of the cake to see if it’s baked all the way through.
  • This cake will rise up over the edge of the pan and then fall slightly after cooling.

When you make this Spiced Apple Cider Bourbon Bundt Cake, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

apple bundt cake on plate with gold leaf garand around, two gold forks, and gold bowl of brown sugar beside with glass of bourbon behind.

Spiced Apple Cider Bourbon Bundt Cake

Traci
Easy to make, super simple, and full of flavor! This Spiced Apple Cider Bourbon Bundt Cake is the only cake you'll need to bake this Fall. Every bite just melts in your mouth!
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 20
Calories 191 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups fresh apple cider
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • teaspoons apple pie spice
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350 °F.
  • Spray a 10-cup bundt pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together cider, eggs, oil, and bourbon. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, apple pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients.
  • Whisk until smooth.
  • Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, or until done.
  • Let cool in pan before turning out.

Notes

Substitutions:
  • You can use cinnamon instead of apple pie spice in this recipe!
  • To make this recipe vegan, you can use your favorite vegan eggs (we personally love Just Egg!).
 
Expert Tips:
  • Check the expiration date on your baking powder and baking soda.
  • Be sure to heavily grease your bundt pan!
  • We used a party bundt to make this recipe. If you use another pan, you may have less slices.
  • If you are unsure that this cake is done baking, use a cake tester or toothpick to insert into the middle of the cake to see if it’s baked all the way through.
  • This cake will rise up over the edge of the pan and then fall slightly after cooling.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 171mgPotassium: 67mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 41IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    This is absolutely one of the best apple Bundt cake recipes — so moist, delicious. Guarantee you will have more than one piece!! Made one for friends — delish!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, Caylie and Traci