My favorite treat at our local apple orchard are their homemade apple cider donuts, but with a fat-restricted diet I must follow as someone with Crohn’s Disease, those bad boys are out of the question. Donuts with gluten are also not an option for my husband who is severely allergic to wheat. As a result, I came up with a yummy gluten-free alternative for me and my family to enjoy. Here’s my delicious Easy Apple Cider Donut Cake Recipe Even I can Eat.
How in the world can something similar to a cake donut be okay for me to consume with all my GI woes?
A Donut With Less Guilt
For starters, this gorgeous grand donut isn’t fried in grease. Secondly, the recipe calls for a miraculous good fat which the body metabolizes differently than other fats (the body can break it down without bile). Thirdly, because this recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free, it is much gentler for digestion.
Why Can’t Donuts Just Be as Good for us as they Taste?
The donut cake gets sprinkled with cinnamon sugar rather than frosted so it is just right for breakfast or brunch but can easily become a dessert with whipped cream (if your diet allows dairy).
Recipe for Easy Homemade Cinnamon Cider Donut Cake
Why it super easy? If you can stir, you can make this since you don’t even need to break out the hand mixer, and there are also no any fancy frosting acrobatics involved.
Donut Humor to Pin
Do I have to make this cake gluten-free? No. Simply increase the amount of all-purpose flour as indicated.
Can I make this recipe dairy-free? Yes – the recipe is dairy-free as long as you use a substitute for the butter in the topping.
This May Be My Favorite
Is this cake vegan? No, but I also make a vegan version by substituting 2/3 cups non-dairy almond milk yogurt for the eggs.
Is this donut cake fat free? No – but as you know, I have trouble metabolizing fats so I made this cake with coconut oil which is a good fat that doesn’t require bile to break it down in the body.
The Exact Oil I Used
Here’s the coconut oil I used (above). For folks like me with digestion problems, coconut oil is a miracle ingredient!
Ready to make a great big donut that will have your home filled with the delicious aroma of fall, cinnamon, and apples?
Cinnamon Cider Donut Cake
Cake Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups gluten-free flour blend (or 3 cups all-purpose flour), 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1 1/4 cup sugar, 1 c. fresh apple cider, 3/4 c. coconut oil (melted), 3/4 c. applesauce, 2 tsp. vanilla, 3 eggs Cinnamon Sugar Topping: 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, butter or Smart Balance spread, melted
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with nonstick baking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together gluten-free flour, baking soda, baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In another bowl, whisk together 1 1/4 cups sugar, cider, melted coconut oil, applesauce, vanilla, and eggs. Add egg mixture to flour mixture; mix together until combined then pour batter in prepared pan.
- Bake on center rack, rotating pan after 20 minutes for a total of 45-50 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
- Invert warm cake onto rack. Brush with melted Smart Balance spread or butter, then sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar. Let cool completely before serving. Serve slices dusted with powdered sugar or drizzle with a simple icing (powdered sugar and a little milk).
Does Cake Taste Better on Pretty Plates?
Smiles from a Wee Baker
Recently I shared my recipe for pear apple crumble, another yummy something to bake in Fall! And in case you haven’t dusted off your bundt pan in a spell and are curious about how I roast a chicken…SEE THIS.
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All your donut jokes crack me up!! So glad you can enjoy this recipe!
Thanks for smiling along, friend. I am finally able to satisfy at least one craving! Am grateful. 🙂
The weather has been so lovely. A little cool but nice for a change. It was wonderful seeing all of the mountains although the winding and twisting up and down them I could do without.I have vertigo so I have to be careful.
I love that apple cider donut. When I was scrolling through the postings, that caught my eye even before I knew it was you. Yummy!
Have a lovely weekend.
So glad you had the chance to get away. I have been freezing the last couple of days and just brought some wintry clothes out of storage! I have a hard time not tweaking my recipes each time I make them. Since making that apple cider cake, I made a carrot apple cider vegan cake (almond yogurt instead of eggs) for our son and tonight for a dinner party, I made it with shredded Macintosh apples instead of cider and glazed it with a simple vanilla cream cheese icing. Cake is definitely my happy place…ha! Hugs to you, lovely.
Sounds like you made some awesome cake recipes. Hope you share them. Congratulations, you are being featured on Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you stop by.
So much cake eating going on! The coconut oil is what makes it possible for me to consume it. 🙂 Thanks for letting me know, Bev – looking forward to the linkup this week and hope you are well, friend. 🙂
Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!
Will see you then, friend. 🙂
I love the donut jokes and donuts 🙂 Going to have to try this, it looks and sounds so amazing! I like using coconut oil too so I am sure that I will love this.
Thanks so much for visiting, Dawn. Looking forward to popping over to your blog! 🙂