Apple Cider Doughnuts

Apple Cider Doughnuts

4 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, Holiday Issue 1996

These doughnut-shaped cakes are flavored with apple cider and glazed with maple syrup. If you do not have a mini Bundt pan, you can use a regular Bundt pan and make a coffee cake; bake it in a 375°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

Ingredients 12 servings

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  • Doughnuts
  • Approximately 3 tablespoons granulated sugar for preparing pans
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup apple butter
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup apple cider
  • ⅓ cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • Maple Glaze
  • 1¼ cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup


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  1. To make doughnuts: Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat molds of a mini-Bundt pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle with granulated sugar, shaking out excess.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a mixing bowl; set aside. Whisk together egg, brown sugar, apple butter, ⅓ cup maple syrup, cider, yogurt and oil in another bowl. Add dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Divide half the batter among the prepared molds, spooning about 2 generous tablespoonfuls of batter into each mold.
  3. Bake until the tops spring back when touched lightly, 10 to 12 minutes. Loosen edges and turn the cakes out onto a rack to cool. Clean the mini-Bundt pan, then re-coat it with cooking spray and sugar. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  4. To make maple glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Gradually whisk in enough maple syrup to make a coating consistency. Dip the shaped side (underside) of the "doughnuts" in the glaze to coat. Then set them, glazed-side up on a rack over wax paper for a few minutes until the glaze has set.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 291 calories; 4 g fat(0 g sat); 1 g fiber; 61 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 64 mcg folate; 16 mg cholesterol; 42 g sugars; 27 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 64 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 342 mg sodium; 108 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 4
  • Exchanges: 4 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

Reviews 4

November 01, 2017
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By: foodfiend
I have been making these since the original recipe appeared in 1996 and they never, ever fail to turn out wonderfully. This time, because I'm getting older (*sigh*) and following some diet restrictions, I made them gluten-free. I used gluten-free flour, subbed melted coconut oil for the canola, used coconut palm sugar instead of brown sugar, and used apple pie spice instead of cinnamon. Absolutely delicious! I made them into 6 mini-cakes, took about 18 minutes to bake. I also made a batch of not gluten free, used all of the changes above except organic white whole wheat flour, and my friends who had them raved. GREAT recipe. Took a nice photo, very autumnal, but can't figure out how to post it...
October 04, 2015
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By: slomozey
Great recipe I made these using half white whole wheat flour and half unbleached all-purpose flour. They were not quite as sweet, but still tasted wonderful. A tablespoon of orange juice would have further reduced the strength of the whole wheat flour taste, without adding orange flavor; however, we liked it without. Next time, I will try making the glaze with honey instead of powdered sugar. Pros: Easy to make Cons: Could be made a little healthier still
October 14, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
I'm glad I found this recipe again. I made these years ago when the recipe first came out. These are very moist little cakes. I bought a mini bundt pan just for the recipe. The "doughnuts" are awesome with coffee. My kids love them, and I can feel good about giving them these.
October 04, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
This recipe is great! It makes healthy cider doughnuts as good as or better than any you'll get at an orchard. I love it!
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