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Apple Cider Pudding Cake is a soft & fluffy apple spiced cake that creates it's own apple cider caramel syrup as it bakes! Topped with a brown sugar streusel for crunch and then served with vanilla ice cream.
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Apple Cider Pudding Cake

Apple Cider Pudding Cake is a soft & fluffy apple spiced cake that creates it's own apple cider caramel syrup as it bakes! Topped with a brown sugar streusel for crunch and then served with vanilla ice cream.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cider pudding cake, pudding cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 people
Calories 473kcal
Author Jessica

Ingredients

Apple Cake

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • cup milk I use whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups peeled & chopped apples about 2 large apples

Apple Cider Syrup

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Brown Sugar Streusel

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter chopped small

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350°. Prepare an 8x8-inch baking dish and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a wire whisk to break up any clumps.
  • In a larger mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Stir with the wire whisk until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir together with a wooden spoon or spatula. Add the chopped apples and mix together.
  • Evenly spread the cake batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • MAKE THE APPLE CIDER SYRUP : In a saucepan, over medium high heat, combine the apple cider, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Stir with a whisk to combine. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, take it off the heat and gently pour it over the cake batter in the baking dish. DO NOT stir it into the cake. Just pour it over top and let it be.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes.
    * Cake should look puffy on the edges but it does not have to be entirely cooked as it will cook 10 more minutes after the streusel.
  • While the cake is baking make the BROWN SUGAR STREUSEL : Combine all ingredients into a small bowl and use your hands/fingers, a fork, or a pastry cutter to mix it together until coarse, moist crumbs form.
  • After the bake time take the cake out of the oven and sprinkle the streusel over top. Put it back in the oven to bake for 10 more minutes.
    * A toothpick inserted into the top portion of the cake should come out clean. Beneath the cake will be the apple cider caramel so it will come out wet if you stick the toothpick all the way to the bottom of the pan. Just test the top cake portion for doneness.
  • Serve the cake warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle if wanted.

Notes

Apples : It's best to use a sweet & tangy apple like Golden Delicious, Gala, or Fuji apples. I have found that Granny Smith apples are too tart and not sweet enough. But use what you prefer. Cut the apples really small so they will soften in the bake time. If you prefer crunchier apples then cut them a bit larger. 
Apple Cider : Please use it! You may be tempted to just substitute with apple juice but don't do it. It's so much better with the apple cider. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 71g | Vitamin A: 323IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 2mg