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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts are baked cake donuts with a distinct apple cider flavor and the most delicious cinnamon sugar mixture on top.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple Cider Donuts
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 donuts
Calories 197kcal
Author Catalina Castravet



  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider not apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted


  • First, in a small saucepan, over high heat, bring the apple cider up to a boil. Boil it for about a minute, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup; this will take about 15-20 minutes.
    pouring apple cider in a small saucepan
  • The cider will thicken a little bit and it will get slightly deeper in color. After that, let the cider cool completely before using it.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Grease a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside.
  • Next, in a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg, and set it aside.
    mixing dry ingredients in a bowl
  • In another bowl, whisk together the 1/2 cup reduced apple cider, milk, brown sugar, white sugar, egg, butter, and vanilla extract.
    adding melted butter to a bowl with milk and egg
  • After that, add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir just until combined.
    adding dry ingredients to wet ingredients
  • Transfer the batter to a large zip-top bag. Cut off about 1/2 inch off one of the bottom corners and pipe the batter into the prepared donut pan, so each hole is about 1/2 full.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until they are cooked through. You can stick a toothpick into the center of the donut, and if it comes out clean, they are done. Place the donuts onto a cooling rack.
    baking apple cider donuts in a silicone pan


  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Brush the donuts on both sides with the melted butter.
    brushing apple cider donuts with cider glaze
  • Roll them into the cinnamon mixture, so all sides are covered. Repeat this with each donut. Serve and enjoy!
    covering apple cider donuts in cinnamon sugar


Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 226IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 0.4mg