Apple Cider Donut Cake and Rowley’s Red Barn

I LOVE FALL! There are so many good things- and one of those is all the delicious things you can find at Rowley’s Red Barn in Santaquin, UT.

We live close to the Red Barn, but in September and October, people travel from all over to visit. They have a cute little store with trinkets, toys and goodies. There is an amazing corn maze, plowed into different patterns every year. There are pumpkins to be picked, activities to enjoy- and the tastiest fall treats!!

I have a couple items to recommend if you’re going to make the trip- which I absolutely think you should!

First- apple cider slushies. These are so refreshing and tangy and were absolutely one of my pregnancy cravings a couple years ago ;). But if you truly want the full experience, you’ll order it a la mode- which means you add in a scoop of vanilla or caramel ice cream. Let me tell you- the apple cider slushie with caramel ice cream is one of the best things out there and you’ll definitely be back for more! It’s the perfect autumn indulgence.

The ice cream itself is another reason to go. The Red Barn has some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had! Creamy and rich, with so many unique flavors! And some good classics as well. Most people who are familiar with the Red Barn know them because of their corn maze- and their ice cream.

Then you have the apple cider donuts. Here in Santaquin, many people get excited for fall simply because they know these delicious donuts will be available! They really don’t have a strong apple flavor- just enough to give you a hint of fall. It’s the cinnamon sugar coating that really takes the flavor. And the texture is dense and tender and just so good!

Now, not everyone may be able to make it to Red Barn. But if you feel like you’re missing out, have no fear- I have just the recipe that you need!

If you’re not familiar with Cake by Courtney, you are missing out. I have made a few of her recipes and they always knock it out of the park! This recipe is one of her latest, and it is absolutely worth making! It’s based off Rowley’s Red Barn apple cider donuts, and I’d say she nailed it! (It might even be a little better in my opinion!)

I used apple cider straight from the Red Barn, but I’m sure you’ll get fabulous results with whatever local cider you can find!

Apple Cider Donut Cake

A tender and moist apple spice bundt cake with a cinnamon sugar coat. Based off Rowley's Red Barn Apple Cider Donuts!

Serving size: 18
Calories per serving: 314

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs at room temperature
1 cup applesauce at room temperature
1 cup apple cider at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a bundt pan with non-stick spray and then dust with flour. Set aside.

In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking powder. Whisk to combine. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar and oil. Mix on medium speed to combine.

Add the eggs to the sugar mixture and mix on medium speed for about two minutes.

Add the applesauce and vanilla. Mix to combine.

With the mixer on low speed, add 1/3 of the flour mixture, followed by half of the apple cider. Continue alternating the flour mixture and the apple cider, finishing with the flour mixture. Mix until no streaks of flour remain. The batter will be slightly thin, not thick.

Pour the batter into the bundt pan and bake for 50 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs on it.

Let the cake cool for an hour in the bundt pan before turning it over onto a cake plate or cooling rack.

Using a pastry brush, coat the cake in butter.

Combine the 1/4 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon and then sprinkle onto the top and sides of the cake. To coat the sides, it's best to fill your hand with the mixture and pat it on the cake.


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An easy recipe that is delicious and homage to all things fall? Yes please!

This is one you’ll definitely want to make again and again! What are some of your favorite things to make in the fall?


    Camille Hoffmann
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