A delicious combination of brown sugar and apple cider,
this Apple Cider Cake is the perfect way to kick off Fall baking!
Sometimes, recipes are invented purely by mistake. Sure, we’ve all “invented” recipes by leaving out an ingredient or baking it too long. (“Wait…was that cayenne!? I meant to add cinnamon.”) But sometimes mistakes in the kitchen work out for the better. That’s totally how this Apple Cider Cake came into existence.
Last Fall, I was baking muffins, and I wanted them to have a nice thick crumb topping. Well, I got a little overzealous, and my crumb topping was too heavy. Once the muffins started baking, the topping sunk into the batter…gone forever! But here’s the thing: the crumb topping is made of butter and sugar. As it sunk into the muffins, that butter and sugar melted and mixed with the batter. The result was delicious! Sure, I set out to have muffins with a crumb topping, and the crumb topping was nowhere to be seen. Oops. But the muffins were quite tasty, so it all kinda worked out.
With Fall not too far around the corner here in upstate New York, I wanted to get in the kitchen and play around with apple cider. After all, what is more quintessential Fall than a steaming mug of apple cider? I decided to pull out that recipe from last Fall and adapt it a bit. Yup, the same recipe where the crumb topping sinks into the batter. After a bit of experimenting, this Apple Cider Cake came into existence. And let me tell ya…it’s delicious! Apple cider combines with the brown sugar to create a moist, flavorful cake. It could be served for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but we actually served it for breakfast with a cup of coffee.
A quick dusting of powdered sugar across the top of the cake is a simple way to garnish this cake before serving. It’s time to welcome the start of cooler temperatures and the bright oranges and reds of the Fall leaves as they change colors. It’s time to pick apples and pull out your favorite baking recipes. And for me, it’s time to grab another slice of this Apple Cider Cake! Enjoy!