Apple Cider Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting is the ultimate Fall dessert recipe that’s made from scratch! Rich, moist, apple cider cake topped with the most mouthwatering brown sugar buttercream frosting is beyond incredible!
2 thick layers of insanely delicious apple cider cake sandwiched between sensations homemade brown sugar buttercream is the prefect flavor combination!
This recipe is actually very easy to make and tastes better than any you’d get in a bakery! Not to mention it makes the whole house smell amazing!
You can even make this yummy cake ahead of time, even the frosting can be made as well, if you’re trying to save time on Thanksgiving or even Christmas!
Its wonderful for bake sales, pot lucks, family dinners where you want to serve an amazing fall dessert that the entire family is sure to love! Itll go fast, i promise!
I have been asked if you can use apple Juice instead of apple cider in this recipe and even though it may seem like it wouldnt make a big difference, you really shouldnt! Continue reading why below!
First off, Apple ‘Cider’ is made from apples that are ground into applesauce, then sent through an apple press which leaves only the apple juice with is basically unfiltered apple juice and usually its found in the shops unpasteurized.
Apple juice on the other hand, is always filtered to remove any bits of apple and solids. its also pasteurized to increase shelf life in the supermarkets. It has more apple taste but less of tangy flavor than the cider will. I have tried both and the cider just wins in this recipe, taste wise!
Make sure to never overmix your cake batter, it will result in a dense chewy cake!
always make sure you grease your baking pans, it helps prevent sticking so its important if you want a pretty cake!
Try to refrain from constantly opening the oven door whenever making any cake- the shifts in temp can cause the center of your cakes to sink!
I think any buttercream frosting should stay as cold as possible, for not only the best look but also the best flavor as well!
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Apple Cider Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting
- 1 cup butter- softened
- 1 cup brown sugar-packed
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 ½ cups apple cider
- 3 sticks butter- softened
- ½ cup brown sugar- packed
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3-4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3-4 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
- Preheat your oven to 350F and prepare 2 (8 inch) cake pans by gently rubbing with shortening and dust with flour and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time and mix completely between each addition. Add the vanilla and mix until just combined.
- Add the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves and mix until evenly distributed.
- Last, add in the apple cider and mix until well combined and smooth.
- Divide evenly between the prepared pans and tap gently on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Allow the cake to cool for 10-15 minutes and flip out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer equipped with a paddle attachment, add the butter and cream on high speed for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.
- Add the brown sugar and mix for an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Add the vanilla, powdered sugar, and cinnamon and mix slowly until all the sugar is combined.
- Last, add in the heavy cream and mix on high speed for 2-3 minutes or until you get a “whipped” consistency.
- Place one layer of cake on a cake stand or serving plate. Top with about 1 cup of frosting and smooth evenly.
- Place the second layer of cake on top and use the remaining frosting to cover the entire outside of the cake.
- Pipe some swirls on top if desired and top with fresh apple slices (or take the extra time to go nuts and do little apple shaped hearts LOL)