Sparkling Cider Pound Cake Recipe
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Sparkling Cider Pound Cake Recipe

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This pound cake is incredible and completely reminds me of fall with every bite. Using sparkling apple cider in the batter and the glaze gives it a delicious and unique flavor. I love everything about it! —Nikki Barton, Providence, Utah
Featured In: 28 Best Fall Cakes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sparkling apple cider
  • GLAZE:
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons sparkling apple cider

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 306 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom of a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan with parchment paper; grease paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with cider, beating well after each addition.
  3. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. In a small bowl, mix glaze ingredients until smooth; spoon over top of cake, allowing it to flow over sides. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Sparkling Cider Pound Cake in Taste of Home September/October 2013, pjls

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pabs User ID: 157506 254998
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2016

"Very good cake, nice and moist. Not much of a cider taste for us though. Mine took longer to cook like some of the other reviewers. Next time I make it I might make a little more of the drizzle."

avassalo User ID: 5935948 254501
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2016

"Wow! What a delicious recipe for homemade pound cake. The final result was moist and dense, and I liked the hint of apple flavor that the sparkling cider provided (I used Martinelli's). It was a definite hit with all my coworkers!"

buffetfan User ID: 4035139 254211
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2016

"This was a huge hit with my family. I followed the recipe exactly except mine took a full 70 minutes to bake. It has a typical pound cake texture. Although you could omit the glaze, it really makes the cake and I think you can taste the sparking cider flavor. Don't skip the parchment step. I also took the advice of other reviewers and removed it from the pan when it came out of the oven. Be careful, though, it's a bit delicate. My boys said it tasted like fall! As a Volunteer Field Editor, I recommend this recipe. A perfect end to dinner."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 242544
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2016

"I'd tried this recipe for the first time. I admit that I had made adjustments: used 1/2 tsp. each salt and baking powder and added 1 tsp. lemon extract with the eggs. I used Martinelli's Sparkling Apple-Cranberry Juice for a different twist. For the glaze, I'd used 2 round soup spoonfuls of the juice!

For the pans, I did grease and flour my pans and used two 7-1/2x3-1/2" loaf pans the first time around and two 5x3" loaf pans and one 7-1/2x3-1/2" loaf pan the 2nd time around. I found that for me, it was hard to get the loaves out the first time after the 10 minutes of cooling. The 2nd time around, I'd turned the loaves out after they were done. The other reviews shared by the people who made this recipe were very helpful-I admit that I have had to see what worked for me with this recipe! Plus, I'm living on my own now and so I share the results from the recipes I test with the weekly Social Hour group and now with our coffee shop-also family friends, and former neighbors! delowenstein"

kpkaren User ID: 2650977 234288
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2015

"Made this for my family and not quite sure what happened. It tested done but when I served it the texture was very strange. I may try again sometime."

lipetzkyj User ID: 909797 233330
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2015

"I want to first say that I sometimes get a little annoyed with reviewers who post numerous substitutions to a recipe before even trying it. Having said that, I really wanted to try this but couldn't find the sparkling cider in my grocery store. I decided to substitute the cider with 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice and 1/4 c. Sprite to make up the 1/2 c. of sparkling cider. I also added 1 tsp. lemon zest to the recipe without changing anything else. (I also added a little lemon juice and Sprite to the glaze.) It was so delicious! The texture and density was perfect and I loved the buttery, mellow lemon flavor. My husband couldn't stop raving about it! I will try the recipe again when I find the sparkling apple cider but the lemon is a wonderful substitution. Great recipe!"

Bonito User ID: 1630276 233131
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2015

"What a great idea to use sparkling cider - what a great dish absolutely loved it"

KatiaC User ID: 8321774 224308
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"I seriously love this pound cake! Delish!!!!!"

CindyCar User ID: 7786348 222260
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"easy to make and it did not survive the night I made it!"

EmmanuelleB User ID: 6990666 120910
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2014

"I made this cake for our family lunch last sunday and it was a great success. I added cubes of saut?ed apples and used brown sugar in place of white sugar, and oil instead of butter."

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