Apple Cider Spice Cake

This week, it’s all about Gravensteins at Oliver’s, and we’re celebrating with great deals on our favorite Gravenstein ciders from Ethic Ciders! Made in the North Bay with locally grown apples, these ciders are helping to preserve the Gravenstein in a creative and totally delicious way. Whether you like them for sipping or cooking, enjoy a wallop of Gravenstein flavor in Ethic’s Gravitude Cider ($7.99+CRV, 500 ml. bottles), or enjoy the nuance of Gravenstein and Golden Delicious in their Golden Rule Cider ($7.99+CRV, 500 ml. bottles). This spice cake gets it’s special zing from a blend of baking spices, but what makes it really special is the hit of hard apple cider! Whip one up to enjoy with tea or coffee anytime, or serve with a little ice cream for an easy dessert.

*Prices good through 8/18/20.

  • Serves: 1 Loaf Cake
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour


  • 2 c. All-Purpose Flour, sifted
  • 1 c. Hard Apple Cider
  • 1/2 c. Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1/4 c. Honey
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp. Ground Star Anise
  • 1 tbsp. Orange Zest
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and thoroughly grease a loaf pan. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, spices, salt, and orange zest. In a separate large mixing bowl, cream together butter, eggs, and honey until totally combined and fluffy. Beat in hard cider and vanilla extract; when mixed, gradually begin whisking in dry ingredients being careful not to over-mix.

  2. Transfer cake batter to prepared loaf pan, then bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a sharp knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Loosen cake from pan then immediately transfer to a cooling rack. Allow cake to cool completely before serving.

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