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Apple Cider Loaf

Apple Cider Loaf with Salted Caramel Drizzle

This Apple Cider Loaf makes for a perfect fall-inspired dessert, or even breakfast. It’s chewy, sweet, and full of fresh apples and warm autumn spices. Then it’s drizzled with a warm, sweet and gooey Salted Caramel Sauce. Best served warm for a perfectly indulgent treat.
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Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:1 hr 15 mins


For the Apple Cider Loaf

  • 2 Cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Cup Butter Softened
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Apple Cider
  • 1 Cup Apples Finely diced

For the Salted Caramel Drizzle

  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup (1 stick) Salted Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tsp Salt


To make the Apple Cider Loaf

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Thoroughly coat a loaf pan in non-stick spray or butter.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients (first 5 ingredients).
  • In a stand mixer, or mixing bowl with an electric beater, cream the butter and brown sugar together until smooth and creamy.
  • Slowly add in the eggs, unsweetened applesauce and vanilla extract.
  • Very slowly, add in the apple cider while continuing to mix. The butter in the mixture might get a little clumpy, but that’s okay, it will smooth out when you add the dry ingredients.
  • Add the dry mixture to the wet and mix until totally combined and the batter is smooth and fluffy.
  • Pour into the loaf pan and use a rubber spatula to smooth the top.
  • Bake for 60-75 minutes until loaf is golden brown on top and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center. Remove from the oven and let cool before removing from loaf pan.

To make the Salted Caramel Drizzle

  • Add the brown sugar, butter, heavy cream and vanilla to sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  • Boil for 1-2 minutes then remove from heat. Stir in salt.
  • Let mixture cool and thicken for at least 20-30 minutes before drizzling over slices of Apple Cider Loaf.
  • Caramel can be stored in the fridge for about 2 weeks. Just reheat in the microwave a few seconds to melt the sauce for drizzling.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword: apple cider, apple cider loaf, apple recipe, easy dessert recipe, fall recipe, loaf cake, salted caramel