Apple Cider Loaf Cake

marigold yellow loaf pan with apple cider loaf cake and yellow butter dish

 apple cider loaf cake in marigold yellow loaf pan

 Yields: 10 servings
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hr

•  9 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 1½ cups apple cider
•  ½ cup sour cream
• 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
•  2 tablespoons cornstarch
• 1¼ teaspoons baking powder
• ½ teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (divided)
•  ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
•  2 eggs
•  1 cup sugar (divided)


    1. Preheat oven to 325° F.  Lightly butter the loaf pan and line with parchment paper. Be sure to leave enough hanging off of the edges to be able to remove loaf cake with ease.
    butter the marigold yellow loaf pan for apple cider cake
    2. Bring cider to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat a bit and simmer until cider is reduced to about 1 cup.

     cooking cider in 3clad saucepan
    3. Pour ¼ cup reduced cider into a small bowl and set aside. Transfer remaining reduced cider to a small bowl and let cool 5 minutes.

    set cider aside
     4. Add sour cream and vanilla extract to the larger portion of cooled cider. Mix until well combined.

    mix apple cider sour cream for apple cider loaf cake in loaf pan


      5. For the dry ingredients: in a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg.

    whisk together dry ingredients using balloon whisk for apple cider cake


     6. Melt 8 tablespoons butter in the saucepan on medium-low heat. Turn off heat and set aside.

    melt butter 2.5 qt sauce pan

    7. Whisk eggs and ¾ cup sugar in a large bowl until pale and frothy, (about 2 minutes.)

    egg mixture for apple cider loaf cake in loaf pan
     8. Gradually pour in melted butter while whisking continuously.

    9. Whisk in the dry ingredient mixture in 3 portions. 

    batter before adding to ceramic load pan

    10. Also whisk in the sour cream and cider mixture. The batter will be thin.

    final batter after adding sour cream before loaf pan

    11. Pour into loaf pan and bake uncovered for 1 hour, rotating pan halfway through.

    apple cider loaf cake batter in loaf pan

    12. While cake is baking, combine remaining salt, sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon in small bowl. Also melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add 1 Tablespoon reduced cider to melted butter.

    sugar mixture topping for cake in loaf pan

    13. Remove from oven, place on sheet of parchment paper. Brush melted butter on cake. 

    butter soaked loaf cake in marigold yellow loaf pan

    14. Sprinkle sugar mixture on all sides. Use wax paper to help maneuver cake and collect excess sugar.

    sugar on cake

    15. Slice and serve.

    apple cider loaf cake





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