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Sparkling Apple Cider Donuts

Fluffy and cakey, these Sparkling Apple Cider Donuts are a fall bake that will make your house smell amazing this weekend! These easy baked donuts with sparkling apple cider are a quick bake that allows you to make them the morning of your brunch!

If you like donuts, check out my Snickerdoodle Donut Holes, Baked Donuts with Chocolate Fudge Glaze, or my Carrot Cake Baked Donuts.

sparkling apple cider donuts

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Sparkling apple cider is one of my favorite fall things. And Martinelli’s makes an organic one, which is so good! I get it every year, and every year I make something sweet with it. Last year I made Sparkling Apple Cider Mimosas and the year before I made Sparkling Apple Cider Bourbon. But you can also bake with sparkling apple cider!

So, this year I had the idea to make Sparkling Apple Cider Donuts! I actually made these for Halloween to give to our friends who were trick or treating with their kids in our neighborhood. And everyone loved them!

This simple recipe for baked donuts with sparkling apple cider is the best fall baked donuts recipe ever! These homemade Sparkling Apple Cider Donuts are moist, light, cakey, and they are covered in cinnamon and sugar. The sparkling apple cider gives them a crazy light texture because of the carbonation.

sparkling apple cider donuts on a cooling rack

This recipe for Sparkling Apple Cider Donuts really is the best fall baked donuts recipe, it might just be my new favorite! And my Maple Pecan Baked Donuts are one of my faves, so if you like that recipe, you will love this one! You can easily make these baked donuts with sparkling apple cider on a weekend morning. They come together in less than an hour, and you’ll have amazing homemade baked donuts. What are you waiting for?


Can I make these Sparkling Apple Cider Donuts ahead of time?

Yes, absolutely. If you want to make these donuts the day before you plan to serve them to you can do that. Because they are cake, they do need to be stored in an airtight container, so they don’t dry out. A cake dome is the best option for these. I actually made them the day before Halloween and then served them to my friends the next day!

Can I use apple cider that isn’t sparkling?

Yes, if you have traditional apple cider that isn’t sparkling, you can use it in place of the sparkling in this recipe. The sparkling does give these donuts a very light texture, but they will still be delicious with the regular option as well.

sparkling apple cider donuts on a cooling rack

How should I store these Sparkling Apple Cider Donuts?

These baked donuts with sparkling apple cider are a light and moist cake. So, they need to be stored in an airtight container, so they don’t dry out. My favorite way to store them in in a cake dome. Plus, they’ll look so beautiful sitting in a cake dome on your countertop!

Ingredients I used to make this recipe for Sparkling Apple Cider Donuts

Costco Organic Cane Sugar

Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour

Frontier Co-Op Baking Powder

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

Frontier Co-Op Organic Nutmeg

Frontier Co-Op Organic Korintje Cinnamon

Organic Large Eggs

Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream

Martinelli’s Organic Sparkling Apple Cider

Straus Organic Greek Vanilla Yogurt

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Simply Organic Vanilla Extract

Field Day Organic Canola Oil Cooking Spray

sparkling apple cider donuts
sparkling apple cider donuts

Why Organic

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

sparkling apple cider donut on a plate with a bite taken out

Sparkling Apple Cider Donuts

Recipe by MimiDifficulty: Easy



These Sparkling Apple Cider Donuts are my new favorite donut recipe. Try this recipe for the best fall baked donuts this weekend!


  • Batter
  • 255 grams (2 cups) organic all purpose flour

  • 170 grams (3/4 cup) organic cane sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon organic cornstarch

  • 1/4 teaspoon organic nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt

  • 1 organic large egg

  • 1/2 cup organic heavy whipping cream

  • 1/2 cup organic sparkling apple cider

  • 1/2 cup organic Greek vanilla yogurt

  • 6 tablespoons organic salted butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

  • Organic canola oil cooking spray

  • Topping
  • 3/4 cup (170 grams) organic salted butter, melted

  • 226 grams (1 cup) organic cane sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons organic cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, cane sugar, baking powder, cornstarch, nutmeg, cinnamon, and sea salt and whisk together to combine.
  • Add the egg, heavy whipping cream, sparkling apple cider, yogurt, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined into a thick batter. Transfer the batter to a piping bag.
  • Spray the donut pans with canola oil cooking spray. Pipe the batter into the pans, or if you don’t want to pipe, you can also just spoon it into the pans too!
  • Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in the pans.
  • To make the topping: In a medium bowl, add the cane sugar and cinnamon.
  • Dip each donut into the melted butter and then dip it into the cinnamon and sugar mixture to coat it completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


  • High Altitude — Bake at 400°F for 8 to 12 minutes, or until a wooden pick comes out clean.

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