Cider doughnuts, which are cake doughnuts made with apple cider, are “simply the best, most engaging expression of what a cake donut is all about,” says jcr1. “The cider gives them a natural sweetness, not overly so, and a subtle hint of apple,” says TongoRad.
You usually encounter them, if you’re lucky, at cider stands in the Northeast, or at church socials and auctions. If none of these sources are available to you, cider doughnuts may be successfully re-created at home: Where do you think those church ladies make them? “Perhaps the internet or an old-time cookbook will have a recipe or two,” suggests jcr1.