Cinnamon Apple Jelly Donut Cake – #BundtBakers

Cinnamon Apple Jelly Donut Cake | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Mmmm…donuts. Scratch that. Mmmm…donut cake. Normally I am not a donut girl. Once every three or so years, I force B.O.B. Bob to take me to get a donut at the butt-crack of dawn because I have a sudden craving, but other than that, I can pretty much walk past a donut and not even glance in its general direction. However, there are two donuts that have burned a memory into my brain that will never be forgotten, and both of them are donuts B.O.B. Bob and I encountered on The Great Beer and Lobster Tour of the North.

The first unexpected donut encounter came in Portland, Maine. While B.O.B. Bob and I were walking around the town, before jumping into the truck to take off for another stint on the never-ending northern highways, we stopped at The Holy Donut to get a pre-lobster-roll snack. I swear there are angels working behind the scenes in that place, because the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Maine Potato Donut pretty much made me hear trumpets, see halos, and wish that God would somehow manage to put a similar donut shop in my backyard. That donut pretty much sealed the deal. We are going back to Portland, Maine again, and the sooner the better. Potato flour and donuts should pretty much be mandatory. Do you hear me? Mandatory!

The second donut we fell in love/lust with during our trip was a Cider Donut from Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury Center, Vermont. It was, and still is, my idea of the perfect every day donut; cakey with just the right amount of sweetness. I’m drooling just remembering it, and yes, we did go out of our way to visit this hot spot just for the donut. Do I know how to plan a trip or what? Thankfully I even purchased a jar of Vermont Cider Jelly at this heavenly tourist stop, because it came in mighty handy when baking this scrumdiddlyumptious donut cake for February’s cinnamon-themed Bundt Bakers post, sponsored by Lauren of Sew You Think You Can Cook.

Sure you can use plain ol’ apple jelly, jam, or preserves to make this cake, but why would you? Cold Hollow Cider Mill has an online store, so you should definitely check it out, or perhaps you could take an adventurous road trip like we did and make it a destination point. You won’t be disappointed. P.S. Buy more than one donut, even if you swear you don’t like donuts. Once you’re biting into that perfect heavenly cider-laced donut in your vehicle, you will be wishing you had bought a half dozen just for yourself. P.P.S. If you do indeed decide to take a road trip, the Cabot Creamery and the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory are located in close proximity. Cheese, ice cream, and donuts will make you one happy, happy, happy individual. Take my word for it.

Cinnamon Apple Jelly Donut Cake | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 1/2 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Nutmeg
  • 2 2/3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Sour Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, Melted
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Jelly

Frosting:

  • 1 (8-oz.) Package Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
  • 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Additional Cinnamon and Granulated Sugar for Decorating

Cinnamon Apple Jelly Donut Cake | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Directions:

Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease Bundt pan with 1/2-tablespoon unsalted butter; set aside.
  3. Place sugar, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg in a food processor and puree for 30 seconds.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar mixture, flour, and baking powder; set aside.
  5. Whisk together the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla for 1 minute in a medium mixing bowl.
  6. Whisk in the milk, and then slowly whisk in the melted butter until well combined.
  7. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients, and then mix with a silicone spatula until just combined.
  8. Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Use a spatula to spread the batter up the sides of the pan a 1/2-inch.
  9. Dollop the apple jelly in a ring around the Bundt pan, making sure not to allow it to reach the edges of the pan.
  10. Use a spoon or spatula to drop the rest of the batter on top of the jam, and then gently spread the batter out till it is even.
  11. Bake for 50 minutes.
  12. Allow the pan to cool on a baking rack for 2 hours, before removing the cake from the pan and frosting it.

Frosting:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift the powdered sugar and cinnamon into the cream cheese and vanilla.
  2. Mix for 2 minutes on medium speed, or until smooth.
  3. Frost the cake and sprinkle with additional cinnamon and granulated sugar.

Cinnamon Apple Jelly Donut Cake | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Suggestions:

  • I added 2-tablespoons of sour cream because I used fat free milk in this recipe. If you are using whole milk, you can omit the sour cream if you choose.
  • Try your best to center the jelly in the middle of the half-filled Bundt Pan, so that it will not leak out of the edges of the cake.
  • Keep any leftovers refrigerated.

Cinnamon Apple Jelly Donut Cake | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Improvements:

  • Instead of using apple jelly, substitute any other variety of jam or preserves.
  • In lieu of frosting, serve with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.

Cinnamon Apple Jelly Donut Cake

Cinnamon Apple Jelly Donut Cake

Ingredients:

    Cake:
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Nutmeg
  • 2 2/3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Sour Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, Melted
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Jelly
  • Frosting:
  • 1 (8-oz.) Package Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
  • 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Additional Cinnamon and Granulated Sugar for Decorating

Directions:

    Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease Bundt pan with 1/2-tablespoon unsalted butter; set aside.
  3. Place sugar, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg in a food processor and puree for 30 seconds.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar mixture, flour, and baking powder; set aside.
  5. Whisk together the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla for 1 minute in a medium mixing bowl.
  6. Whisk in the milk, and then slowly whisk in the melted butter until well combined.
  7. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients, and then mix with a silicone spatula until just combined.
  8. Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Use a spatula to spread the batter up the sides of the pan a 1/2-inch.
  9. Dollop the apple jelly in a ring around the Bundt pan, making sure not to allow it to reach the edges of the pan.
  10. Use a spoon or spatula to drop the rest of the batter on top of the jam, and then gently spread the batter out till it is even.
  11. Bake for 50 minutes.
  12. Allow the pan to cool on a baking rack for 2 hours, before removing the cake from the pan and frosting it.
  13. Frosting:
  14. In a large mixing bowl, sift the powdered sugar and cinnamon into the cream cheese and vanilla.
  15. Mix for 2 minutes on medium speed, or until smooth.
  16. Frost the cake and sprinkle with additional cinnamon and granulated sugar.
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  • Kids&chic

    Wow fantastic bundt !!

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks so much!

  • Linnie

    This looks amazing.

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks Linnie!

  • Wendy Klik

    Love the layer of jelly in this cake!

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks Wendy. It is the best jelly EVER!

  • Sue Lau

    Now here is a cake I could eat for breakfast!

    • Colleen Delawder

      You and I both!!!

  • MAN OH MAN!!! This cake looks like heaven! I love a cinnamony doughnut, and actually prefer cake doughnuts over yeast. My favorite doughnut though, has always been apple fritters- so I’m sure this cake would make all my dreams come true. I just can’t get over that cider jelly filling! SWOON!

    • Colleen

      SWOON! You always leave the sweetest comments!!! P.S. Now I want an apple fritter…thanks…thanks a lot!!!

    • Colleen Delawder

      SWOON! You always leave the sweetest comments!!!

  • Oooh that looks amazing! I love the jelly doughnut filling, such a great idea! 🙂

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks June!

  • Laura@bakinginpyjamas

    Ooh, wonderful idea of adding jam, jam filled doughnuts are one of my favourites.

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks Laura. I don’t think I’ve actually had a jam filled donut since I was a kid, but I would consider it if one way filled with Vermont Cider Jam!!!

  • I love the fact that you remember where your favorite doughnuts were discovered. Your memory definitely served you well in creating this delicious cake!

    • Colleen Delawder

      I always remember my favorite food. Not being a donut person, I always remember when I have a good one, because most are just meh to me.

  • thefreshmancook

    Beautiful bundt cake! I love the frosting on top and the jelly in the middle!

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks so much. Everything is better with jelly!

  • Lara van Lingen

    Absolutely beautiful bundt cake, looks gorgeous the slices!! And what a great idea!

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks Lara. I felt bad cutting into the Bundt before it ended up at its intended destination, but for once I actually got to try the cake. So glad! It was worth every calorie.

  • Amanda | The Cinnamon Scrolls

    Ooooh, jelly donut bundt! That sounds awesome, and so original! That jelly filling looks amazing, and I love how you got it to look so much like a donut! 🙂

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks Amanda. To be honest, I had different plans in mind when it came to decorating it, but ended up with this by mistake. For once a big mistake actually worked out in my favor.

  • Kathia Rodriguez

    So delicious! I can’t wait to try it.

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks Kathia. Let me know if you do.

  • All That’s Left Are The Crumbs

    Road trips are definitely something you miss when you live on an island. I may just have to check out that cider jelly online as you suggested as I do love a good cider. And even better, then I can make you bundt.

    • Colleen Delawder

      I hope you do check it out. It’s sooooo good! Way more flavorful than plain apple jam.

  • Lauren Everson

    I was so excited when I saw your bundt title on the list and it didn’t disappoint. Thank you for sharing your jelly with us.

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks Lauren. I’m so glad I didn’t disappoint!

  • Oooh how pretty!! I just love that cinnamon sugar sprinkle on top too. So creative..I really love this 😀

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks for the sweet comments! So glad you found it to be pretty!

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