Apple cake with molasses cider glaze

This time of year I’m always on the lookout for apple recipes. With local apples in markets everywhere it’s hard to resist buying them by the bushel.

The other night I combed through my mom’s big recipe binder and I came across this recipe.  It’s a tender, coffee-style cake but the addition of the glaze makes it something different altogether. I recommend doubling the glaze so you have lots of extra to drizzle over top when you’re serving the cake. Placing each piece in a pool of the sauce would be lovely too.

Apple cake with molasses cider glaze

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • ½ cup oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups peeled apples cut into 1” dice
  • ½ cup walnut pieces


  • 2 Tbsp Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 tbsp cider
  • 1 tbsp butter


For cake:

  1. In one bowl, sift flour, baking soda, spices and salt.
  2. In another bowl whisk oil and sugar. Whisk in eggs, one at a time.
  3. Whisk in applesauce and vanilla.
  4. Add flour mixture, stirring just until combined. (One tip: take care not to overwork the batter.)
  5. Stir in apples and walnuts.
  6. Scrape into a greased 8” baking pan. (Lining the bottom with parchment paper will make for extra easy removal.)
  7. Bake 40-45 minutes at 325 F.

For glaze:

  1. Bring ingredient to a gentle boil, and stir for one minute.
  2. While cake is still warm remove from pan and place on a cooling rack. Poke holes in the cake with a skewer. Brush glaze over warm cake.

Serve warm drizzled with any leftover glaze.


12 thoughts on “Apple cake with molasses cider glaze

  1. karen says:

    This looks mouth watering, i’m going to bake this for sure….

  2. Ann Bennie says:

    Could I use your cooking molasses in loo of fancy….love the flavour.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Ann, Yes, you could use cooking molasses, especially since you like a more robust flavour. The sauce is delicious on gingerbread too.

  3. NORAH STOREY says:

    This is a must try recipe for sure.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      It’s an old favourite. I haven’t made it since last fall but plan to buy some cider at the market this weekend. Enjoy! Also, recipe for apple gingerbread coming right up…

      1. Carol buchanan says:

        I’m wondering what cider is? An apple cider?
        I have the cake baking in the oven right now,,, but don’t have any cider?,, would orange juice work?

        1. Marie-Pierre Lessard says:

          Yes, you can use apple cider. We have never tried with orange juice though…

  4. Carol says:

    Sounds wonderful….the family had to cut down our
    baking apple tree….sad, we just couldn’t get rid of the worms without chemicals..

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Dear Carol, That’s too bad about your tree. I admire organic apple farmers…not sure how they manage to grow such lovely fruit.

  5. connie russell says:

    There was a recipe book advertised last year , is there any way i could receive one . Thank you

    1. Hi Connie, We’d be happy to mail you a copy of our cookbook. Just email your mailing address to me at:

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