Boozy Apple Cider Cake

At this moment I am sitting here feeling very happy, and extremely grateful!  My New Year’s Resolution did not include food this year.  Instead I decided to write down what I am grateful for, what happened in my week to make me happy.  Today, I am getting excited for the big changes to come for Cafe Terra, and feeling grateful for a good friends help in these changes!  I am feeling grateful for having the most amazing husband, and sweet snuggly furry kids.  AND I am feeling happy about apples…..apples make me VERY happy!!!

Boozy Apple Cider CakeThere have been several posts where I have shared my apple love.  My apple love is strong since I grew up only a few miles from an apple farm owned by my family!  Here are a couple apple love posts – Apple Craisin Bread Pudding, Homemade Apple Pie, Grilled Apple Dutch Baby, Homemade Apple Pie Cocktail.

Boozy Apple Cider Cake

The cake is extremely moist.  A piece is really perfect rolled in cinnamon and sugar…..almost better then any cinnamon sugar doughtnut!  I made the original apple cake recipe from Southern Living when I was working as a Pastry Chef here in Charlotte.  Today the recipe is adapted, and boozified (I believe I just invented that word!)

Yields 20

Boozy Apple Cider Cake

25 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

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1/2 cup apple cider
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup Frangelico (hazelnut liquor)
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp Divine Dessert (or cinnamon)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 lbs (4 large) apples, diced
Powdered sugar (Optional)
Cinnamon (Optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray.

In large bowl, mix together cider, sugar, eggs, Frangelico, and vanilla.

In medium bowl, mix together flour, Divine Dessert, baking soda, and salt.

Mix together the wet and dry ingredients, add in the diced apples.

Pour batter in greased pan. Bake for about 45 minutes, depending on oven. Let cool.

Optional: You can mix together 1 cup of powdered sugar with 1-2 Tbsp cinnamon. The measurements are not exact, mix to your liking. Then roll a piece of cake in the powdered sugar mixture.



Now this cake can have the cinnamon sugar doughnut feel, or it can feel bare and loving every minute of it!  The cake is a hearty cake full of delicious flavors from the start of the bite, all the way to the end.

Boozy Apple Cider Cake

When I was in Michigan a few weeks ago, the night before I was to head home to Charlotte.  I called my Uncle, and asked if I could have some of their delicious cider for the trip home.  He stopped by and brought us cider, cider slushies, dried apples, apples from farm, and my Aunt’s homemade cider jam!  You probably can guess how happy I was!  I have plans for the cider jam in the near future!  I made a Tart Cherry Souffle with my Aunt’s tart cherry jam….OH MY YUM!

Boozy Apple Cider Cake

Come on over and join in the fun apple party!!!

Boozy Apple Cider Cake

Love the message on each one of their cider containers!  Cheers!

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  • 1/2 cup of Frangelico!? How could I resist these beauties? YUM!!! Fabulous recipe Terra and what a nice New Year's resolution! Happy New Year!
  • Laura T
    Delicious!!! Pinned! These looks wonderful, love the cinnamon sugar option.
  • Angie
    Terra, can I come over for afternoon tea? Your apple cider cake looks so GOOD!!!
  • kitchenriffs
    What a great cake! Love the flavors in this - truly creative. Thanks.
  • Tutti Dolci
    Your cake looks wonderful, so perfect for an apple lover like me! :)
  • Ooh your cake looks so moist and delicious Terra!Apple desserts are a favorite in this house too!Boozified sounds even better to me :) Hope you achieve everything you've set out for this year my friend!
  • Mari’s Cakes
    Terra, the boozified cake looks so delicious, that I want to go bake it right now! Happy Healthy 2014! Hugs
  • Kumar’s Kitchen
    a zingy much better with the booze,thanks for sharing :-)
    • Thank you so much for stopping by!!! Cheers:-)
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    Happy New Year, Terra. I love that instead of making resolutions that you decided to write down what you're grateful for. I stopped making resolutions a few years ago. You had me at boozy and apple cider. This cake looks scrumptious. I'm excited to see your new changes. Pinned!
  • The Wimpy Vegetarian
    Oh my gosh Terra! This looks fantastic! Apple cider grabbed my attention, and boozy sealed the deal :-). Pinned!
  • The Café Sucré Farine
    This looks so good Terra, I'm a huge sucker for apple desserts, always my favorite on a menu!
  • Como Water
    We are grateful for YOU Terra! Thank you for sharing your culinary creations and positivity with us! HUGS!
    • Your words mean so much, thank you! You are truly a beautiful soul, sending hugs!!!
  • Ea Stewart
    This is sure one yummy looking cake! And, after also reading your post w/ your top recipes from 2013, I can definitely see that there is a boozy theme going on :-) Nothing wrong with that! So glad to hear your new year is off to a fabulous start!!! xoxo
  • SpicieFoodie
    Your words and cake make me happy, Terra. I'm grateful I stopped by to see this gorgeous treat. Have a great rest of the week.
    • Thank you so much!!! oxox
  • Karen (Back Road Journal)
    I love apple cake and yours sounds delicious. With three hundred apple trees, I'm always looking for new ways to use them.
    • Wow, 300 apple trees.....I want to have your yard now! Yum, Hugs, Terra