Applicious Cider Cake with Butterscotch Frosting


Out of all the apple desserts in the world, this one just might be the most applicious. This autumn dessert recipe calls for shredded apples, apple cider, and apple brandy.

apple cider cake with butterscotch frosting
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
1 hrs
Cook Time:
6 mins
Bake Time:
35 mins
Stand Time:
20 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 6 mins


  • 1 recipe Butterscotch Sauce

  • 3 tablespoon butter

  • 4 cup finely shredded, peeled Granny Smith apples (4 medium)

  • ¾ cup apple cider

  • 2 tablespoon Calvados, other apple brandy, or apple cider

  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten

  • cup butter, melted

  • 1 recipe Apple Cider Glaze

  • 1 recipe Butterscotch Frosting

Butterscotch Sauce

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 6 tablespoon light color corn syrup

  • cup granulated sugar

  • cup packed dark brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • teaspoon salt

  • 6 tablespoon whipping cream

  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Butterscotch Frosting

  • 12 ounce cream cheese, softened

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • 8 ½ cup powdered sugar

  • ½ cup Butterscotch sauce

Apple Cider Glaze

  • 3 tablespoon butter

  • cup packed dark brown sugar

  • ¼ cup apple cider

  • 2 tablespoon Calvados, other apple brandy, or apple cider

  • 2 tablespoon heavy cream


  1. Prepare Butterscotch Sauce and chill as directed.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease the bottoms of three 8-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms with waxed paper; grease and lightly flour pans.

  3. In a large nonstick skillet melt the 3 tablespoons butter. Add apples, apple cider, and Calvados. Cook over medium-high heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until liquid has reduced by half, stirring occasionally.

  4. In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt, and cloves. In another bowl stir together eggs, the 2/3 cup melted butter, and the apple mixture. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture. Spread batter into prepared pans.

  5. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool layers in pans for 10 minutes. Remove layers from pans; peel off waxed paper. Cool on wire racks.

  6. Meanwhile, prepare Apple Cider Glaze. To assemble, using a serrated knife, cut each cake layer in half horizontally. Evenly brush Apple Cider Glaze over layers; let stand 10 minutes. Prepare Butterscotch Frosting. Place one cake layer, glazed side up, on a serving plate. Spread with 1/2 cup Butterscotch Frosting. Repeat with four more layers and frosting. Top with remaining layer, top side up, and frost top and sides. Cover and chill cake to store. If desired, just before serving, microwave remaining Butterscotch Sauce for 20 to 30 seconds or until warm and drizzling consistency, stirring once. Drizzle over top edge of cake, letting sauce drip down sides.

Butterscotch Sauce

  1. In a medium heavy saucepan, melt butter over low heat, stirring often. Increase heat to medium. Stir in light-colored corn syrup, granulated sugar, dark brown sugar, water, and salt. Bring to boiling, stirring constantly; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring often. Meanwhile in a small bowl whisk together whipping cream, cornstarch, and vanilla. Carefully stir in whipping cream mixture. Return to boiling. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Transfer sauce to an airtight container and completely chill before using for Butterscotch Frosting and Applicious Cider Cake with Butterscotch Frosting. Makes 1 1/2 cups

Butterscotch Frosting

  1. In a large bowl beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with a mixer on medium speed about 1 minute or until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar to reach a thick but spreadable consistency. Beat in Butterscotch Sauce. Makes 5 1/2 cups.

Apple Cider Glaze

  1. In a small saucepan melt butter. Stir in dark brown sugar, apple cider, Calvados, and heavy cream. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

850 Calories
32g Fat
136g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 850
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 144mg 48%
Sodium 530mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 136g 49%
Total Sugars 115g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1.3mg 6%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 158mg 3%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 54.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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