The Country Cook: Sparkling Apple Cider Pound Cake

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sparkling Apple Cider Pound Cake

Hello friends! Holly here from Life in the Lofthouse and today I'm sharing a recipe that is simply delicious! It is Sparkling Cider Pound Cake, and let me tell you, it is moist and amazingly good!
Sparkling Apple Cider reminds me of my childhood. My Grandma Jennings used to serve it every Thanksgiving in those fancy champagne glasses. :) I just loved the taste, and I thought I was pretty cool drinking from those fancy cups. Now as an adult, I serve it at every Thanksgiving meal, too. My kids love it!
When I found this recipe for Sparkling Apple Cider Pound Cake I knew it would be a hit, and it definitely was. The cider gives it a unique flavor and the glaze just tops it off to perfection!
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sparkling apple cider

1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons sparkling apple cider

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line bottom of a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan with parchment paper; spray paper with non-stick spray.        
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until combined and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with cider, beating well after each addition.

Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then remove and transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely.
For Glaze: In a small bowl, mix together powdered sugar and apple cider. Mix until smooth. Spoon over top of cake, allowing it to flow over sides.
Yield: 12 servings.
Recipe adapted from: Taste of Home



  1. This pound cake is just divine! I hope your readers enjoy it, Bran ♥

  2. This is amazing, and just in time for the holidays! Thank you for the share!

  3. My husband loves pound cake and I'm sure this recipe won't be an exception! It sounds so delicious:)

  4. I'm a pound cake fanatic and can't wait to make this!

  5. Wow! That looks awesome! I HAVE to make this!

  6. Does it have to be sparkling apple cider?

  7. Monique - nope! You can use regular apple cider. I get a wonderful fresh-pressed apple cider from a local orchard and I'm dying to use it in this recipe. I think it will be perfect!

  8. Thank you Brandie, I am definitely going to make this!

  9. Has anyone tried using the sparkling grapapple or cranapple cider?

  10. Could this be done in a bundt pan?

  11. Brandi when I go to the printable recipe site I get direction to clean out my cookies!! I do that each night before shutting down, so I don't think they are singling me out, but would someone else click and see if they get it? Not a problem I typed out the recipe, gonna try it soon.

  12. Do u think regular apple juice would work instead of sparkling apple cider? Wanted to use what I had on hand. Thanks!

  13. dont have parchment paper can I just spray pan

  14. I think apple juice would be just fine! The printable recipe is working ok for me. If anyone else is having trouble, please let me know! If you don't have parchment paper, just use a good baking nonstick spray (like Baker's Joy). The parchment paper just makes it easier to lift out - that's all. Hope that helps@ :)

  15. I made this tonight. It's very good, the apple flavor isn't very strong. I might try it with sparkling grape juice :).

  16. I loooooove the textures - looks GREAT.
    Definitely making this cake (my family can't never get enough of apple cakes)

  17. I just made one & popped it into the oven! I used regular Apple cider, not sparkling so I hope it's just as delicious. I love the simplicity of the recipe! I'm sure it will be a huge hit! Thank you always!

  18. I made this exactly as directed and the middle never set up while baking. I've never had something be so done on the outside and so runny on the inside. :(

    The corners that were done had a good flavor though.

  19. To anonymous: I had the same thing happen. I put mine in the oven for 50 minutes and it was perfectly done on the outside but super runny on the inside and I'm not exactly sure why because I followed the directions exactly as they were. Anyone have any suggestions?

  20. How long did you bake it for? Did you insert a toothpick into the center before taking it out? It may have just needed more time. Not all ovens heat up exactly the same, so that's why Holly made the recommendation to bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. I'm sorry it didn't turn out for you!!

  21. Mine is runny in the center also. :( I'm so disappointed.


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