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New England Apple Cider Cake

New England Apple Cider Cake - A simple, moist and delicious cake with a decadent, creamy apple cider glaze. A perfect fall dessert!


We made this New England Apple Cider Cake using fresh #Walmart Produce as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars.

I’ve mentioned before that my husband Jack has been pouring through my mother’s old recipe box – and he has jokingly accused me of ‘holding out on him’ because there are so many good recipes inside!

My mother definitely had a sweet tooth, as is evident by the heavy proportion of handwritten recipes for sweet dessert recipes – like this New England Apple Cider Cake – compared to the fewer number of savory recipes in her recipe box!


New England Apple Cider Cake - A simple, moist and delicious cake with a decadent, creamy apple cider glaze. A perfect fall dessert!


And with six kids at home, plus full-time jobs held by both of my parents, easy recipes that could feed a large family were also a plus! This New England Apple Cider Cake is very easy to make and very delicious – chock full of sliced Granny Smith apples in a simple, sweet cake that gets great flavor and moisture from cinnamon, heavy cream and apple cider! This cake also has a delicious, creamy apple cider glaze that gets drizzled over the top when served!  (I could eat that with a spoon!)

Back then, both of my parents also knew how to spend their money wisely…and I learned well by watching them. I’m always looking for a good value on anything I buy, and Walmart is a great, affordable place to shop for quality, farm-fresh produce – including the Granny Smith apples you’ll need for this recipe!

New England Apple Cider Cake - A simple, moist and delicious cake with a decadent, creamy apple cider glaze. A perfect fall dessert!


Right now, your local Walmart store has a wide selection of in-season produce (including apples!) and it’s all backed by their 100% satisfaction guarantee! Walmart works with local growers to ensure that all of their produce is picked at the peak of freshness, but if – for any reason – you aren’t happy with the Walmart produce you’ve purchased, simply return your produce back to the store with your receipt for a full refund.

New England Apple Cider Cake - A simple, moist and delicious cake with a decadent, creamy apple cider glaze. A perfect fall dessert!

Click here for more information about Walmart Produce that is in-season right now (including a great variety of farm-fresh apples) plus delicious recipes using in-season Walmart produce!

New England Apple Cider Cake - A Family Feast

New England Apple Cider Cake

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings


For the Cake

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 cups Granny Smith apples (3 large or 4 small apples)
  • 1 whole lemon
  • ¼ cup softened butter (4 tablespoons or half a stick)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Enough vegetable shortening to grease a 9×9-inch baking pan
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • Vanilla Ice Cream, optional for serving


  1. Place the first cup of apple cider on the stove and bring to a boil and boil until reduced to ¼ cup. Set aside to cool.
  2. Core and peel the apples and then cut each into 16 slices (fewer slices if using smaller apples). Have a bowl of water that has a whole lemon squeezed into it. Place apples into water and then onto a plate to dry and set aside. This will keep them from turning brown.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until well mixed.
  5. With the mixer running, add one egg at a time beating until smooth. Scrap sides and beat until light and fluffy, about three minutes.
  6. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  7. Measure out cream and add cooled reduced cider to cream.
  8. With the mixer on low, alternate adding the flour mixture and the cream/cider mixture until well combined. Scrape sides and mix until smooth.
  9. Grease a 9X9 square pan liberally with vegetable shortening and pour in the batter.
  10. Arrange the apples, outer edges up into the top of the batter.
  11. In a small bowl or cup, mix the sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle over the top of the cake and place in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  12. While the cake is baking, make the glaze.
  13. Place the second cup of apple cider on the stove as before only reduce down to two tablespoons. Watch it that it doesn’t evaporate too far.
  14. Place the confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl and add the reduced cider along with one tablespoon of milk or cream and stir. Add the last tablespoon of milk or cream a little at a time until desired consistency. It should be thick but runny enough to drizzle off the end of a spoon.
  15. When the cake comes out of the oven, cool to room temperature and cut into nine squares.
  16. Drizzle the glaze over each portion letting it run down the sides and serve.
  17. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

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  1. Martha, oh my gawd. . I love this cake! anything apple spice right now, I LOVE!! Back when we were living in Santa Clarita CA, there was a Super Walmart right next to my house so I went there all the time!! But now I don’t have one remotely close to me. . anyway, love that shot of the apples. Perfection!!!

  2. Wow! This looks amazing! Love thise green apples!

  3. This looks so good that I can barely put it into words. My whole family is full of apple-lovers, so I know that this has to happen in my kitchen soon – no “holding out” ;). Pinned and can’t wait to try!

  4. Apple cider in apple cake sounds fantastic – it is so lovely to recreate recipes from your mom’s recipe box.

  5. OMG!!!! first time here and I want to eat all of it! yuum!!!

  6. Regina Firestone :

    Thanks for sharing this! Mom sure loved all things glazed. 😉 <3
    So glad her recipe collection is being used and photographed in such a lovely way…<3

  7. This cake is the glory !!

  8. Oh my goodness. This cake. It looks amazing!!!!

  9. My mom also has the best recipes! In fact, at least half of what I make is based on her recipes. Your apple cider cake looks absolutely fantastic!! What a treat!!

    • Thanks Rose! I agree – Mom’s recipes are always the best! And as a blogger, I love the idea of my daughter looking at our blog someday, reading the stories and making our recipes too! Sort of like a modern-day recipe box!

  10. Oh my goodness, this looks/sounds delicious…having been born/brought up in Vermont, I can vouch there is nothing better than a fresh crunchy apple from New England! My husband will love this cake.
    Have a great week.

  11. I love apple cakes! And this apple cider cake looks like a winner!

  12. I was scrolling through Foodgawker tonight and when I spotted your cake I just HAD to come over and check it out! I love everything about this recipe, especially that it uses both fresh apples and apple cider, Pinning and can’t wait to try!!

  13. Wow! That apple cider glaze looks absolutely heavenly over the cake!

  14. That super drippy glaze is what I”m talking about!

  15. Hi Martha,

    Can I use “apple cider vinegar” in your recipe or just “apple cider” only?
    Thank you.

  16. I am drooling over this cake and looove that the glaze calls for apple cider too.

  17. Is this picture edible?! 😉 This cake looks crazy good, esp that glaze! I’m definitely drooling!

  18. Made this.. delicious!

    By the way, as much I wanted to knock Walmart groceries when they came to Canada, I can’t. The prices are great and they carry lots of local organic choices. I still support the little guy when I can but I have to say I’m impressed with Walmart produce!

  19. Hi Martha, I am from Sydney and found this recipe recently and couldn’t wait to try it. I made it for a family birthday today and absolutely everyone loved it! The glaze is just so delicious! I am glad there was a small slice left for my Mum and I tomorrow. That concentrated apple cider is just the kick needed to make it different from other apple cakes. It will now become a family favourite! Thanks so much for sharing your mothers recipe 🙂 ♥

  20. I also meant to say that Granny Smith and here apples originated in Eastwood NSW which is just 2 suburbs away from us. They have a Festival celebrating her and the apples in October every year. She would be so proud to eat your mothers cake too 🙂 ♥

    • Oh wow – I have to admit I never knew that Granny Smith was a real person!! What a fun festival – thank you for letting me know. (I love learning the history behind foods!) Thanks again Robyn!

  21. The glaze ingredients states 1 cup of cider, but the instructions say to add the reduced cider to the powdered sugar. Should this 1 cup of cider also be reduced like the cider in the cake?

  22. I absolutely love this recipe! So much so I added it to my ultimate apple recipe roundup…I hope you will come by and take a look! Have a great week xo

  23. This looks amazing! I’m going to be including it in a roundup of awesome apple recipes tomorrow at Creating My Happiness.

  24. Oh my gosh, I love your website! I am having trouble deciding which recipe to try first!

  25. would love to try this recipe, but as an Australian I have to ask… Is this apple juice type cider used or what we in Australia mean by apple cider, being a 12% alcohol beverage??


  26. This looks absolutely scrumptious! I love the use of cream in it. I’ve never made a cake quite like this which intrigues me. Thanks for the recipe! Pinned and yummed.

  27. This cake looks delicious and I will definitely be making it once the weather gets cooler and I can enjoy the smell of apples and cinnamon baking in the oven. Love the glaze on the cake. Wow, I will enjoy this so much. I am like your mother, I have a sweet tooth and have a lot more sweet recipes in my files than I do savory, though I do like both, but sweet much, much more. Your site looks great, I have saved it to my favorites so I can come back anytime I want. Thank you.

  28. Martha, thanks for the tomatoes!!! Delicious!!! I’m also going to try the Apple Cider Cake! My guys will love it. Pam ( from Kerr Dental)

  29. Would Red Delicious apples work?

  30. Do you ever double recipe to put in a 13 x 9 pan?

  31. Can this cake be made the day before? If so, when should I glaze it?