Thank goodness the weather has been in the 80s lately instead of 90s. Unfortunately, I’m pretty tired of sweating within 5 minutes of stepping foot outdoors. I hate to say it, but I’m so ready for sweater weather.

Both Nate and my favorite season is fall. We love the crisp air, beautiful leaves, earthy smells and cooler temperatures! Plus, I love wearing sweaters.

So it would only seem appropriate that to celebrate our 1 year dating anniversary on Friday, we had a Cider Cake.

This actually came about because we had this bottle of TJ’s Cranberry Cider laying around for a while, and with the cold weather long gone, Nate had no desire to drink it. He also said that he had had it before and didn’t love it.

I hate wasting things or throwing them out, so I figured the cider would have to get used in some other form that we’d both enjoy. I scoured the internet for recipes that use cider and found quite a few, but I wanted our anniversary dessert to be something special.

So when I came across a recipe for a 3 layer cake with cider cake, cider filling and cider frosting, I knew that had to be it. Luckily, altogether it used 3+ cups of cider, but unfortunately that still leaves me with over half the bottle.

Next up I’m thinking of cider roasted pears, and maybe a cider vinaigrette.

This cake is part of the #cakelove bloghop!

you can see it here.

October Cider Cake
Taken from Oxmoor House

Print this recipe!

Makes one 3-layer cake 

3/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
3 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup apple cider
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Cider Filling (recipe below)
Creamy Cider Frosting (recipe below)
Chopped pecans (optional)

Cream shortening; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves; add to creamed mixture alternately with cider, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in lemon juice.

Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 8-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove layers from pans, and cool completely in fridge.

Put a thin band of icing along the perimeter of each later, and then pool the Cider Filling inside. Put back in fridge to let it set completely or the filling will ooze out from the weight of the cake (trust me).

Spread top and sides with Creamy Cider Frosting. Garnish top of cake with pecans, if desired.

Cider Filling

1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup apple cider
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter or margarine

Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a heavy saucepan; gradually stir in cider. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.

Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice and butter; cool in fridge.

Creamy Cider Frosting

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon apple cider
1/4 teaspoon salt
About 4 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Combine first 3 ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat; cool. Gradually add sugar until spreading consistency; beat until smooth.


  1. This is such a cool recipe, no pun intended. I’m happy it’s finally in the 90s here. The cake is also really pretty too.

  2. I’m ready for sweater weather, too. I love the crisp, cool days and the great fall smell in the air. This is the perfect cake for you two to celebrate a year milestone together. I usually have leftover cider, too, so I’m bookmarking this to make in the future. It sounds and looks wonderful.

    • it’s not too far off now…it’s almost September :) You shoudl def give this cake a try. I wasn’t sure if the cake could be left out so I refrigerated it, and it was still moist and delicious straight out of the fridge!

  3. ooo i’ve never heard of cider cake but anything with bubblies make baked goods taste fantastic! you should totally join your cake post to your #cakelove bloghop so others can find your lovely cake creation!! check it out on my latest post. have a great day Amy! :D

  4. 1. Happy one year to you and Nate! How exciting! :)
    2. What is it about sweaters? I love them dearly – and wearing them!
    3. I have never had Cider cake – definitely worth a try?? It sure looks like it is!
    And ..4. Holy bottle of cider! 3 cups and still over half a bottle left! Thats huge!

    • Thank you! I dunno what it is about sweaters…they’re just so cozy and comfy when the weather gets cool :) Hehe, yeah, it was like a gallon of cider or something crazy.

  5. That cake was rather tasty. I got shot forward in time by it, but then was reminded what month it is when I went out to run this morning.

  6. Beautiful! I’m the same as you – can’t wait for fall.

  7. Yum! Fall is my favorite season too. Sweaters and my favorite hooded sweatshirt need to be back in my wardrobe already! I’m ready for a slice of this cake and some cooler weather :)

  8. That is very creative of you! and it looks so moist and beautiful with those layers! I miss the fall weather living in Florida, it was my favorite time of the year too. Happy one year anniversary!

    • Yeah, my parents moved to FL about 10 or so years ago and they’ve been begging us to do Thanksgiving in FL instead of up north…but I feel like the holiday isn’t the same without fall weather! i suppose the seasons are something you give up in exchange for beaches and warm temps year round :)

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