Apple Cider Doughnut Tower

This wow-worthy dessert has all the cozy fall flavors, without requiring a single minute of baking.

Apple Cider Doughnut Tower
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

If you're looking for a show-stopping dessert, look no further than this apple cider donut cake. Just pick up some apple cider donuts (or regular cake donuts if you prefer) at the supermarket or farmers market and whip some cream with cream cheese and maple syrup. Layer them into a mouth-watering pyramid and top with store-bought caramel sauce and chopped pecans. It's fun, it's decadent, and it would make an utterly delightful birthday cake with a single candle lit on top.


  • 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream

  • 1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 28 apple cider doughnuts

  • 1 cup jarred caramel topping

  • chopped toasted pecans, for serving


  1. Beat whipping cream in a large bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes. Beat cream cheese, sugar, syrup, vanilla, and salt in a separate large bowl (no need to clean beaters) until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Gently fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.

  2. Spread 1 tablespoon whipped cream mixture over center of a cake stand or platter. Place 1 doughnut in center and arrange 6 doughnuts in a circle around center. Spread 1 cup whipped cream mixture over top. Repeat with 7 doughnuts and 1 cup whipped cream mixture. Arrange 5 doughnuts in a circle, with edges touching, on top. Spread on ¾ cup whipped cream mixture. Repeat with 5 doughnuts and ¾ cup whipped cream mixture, stacking directly on top of previous layer. Arrange 3 doughnuts in a circle, with edges touching, on top. Spread on ⅓ cup whipped cream mixture. Place remaining doughnut on top.

  3. Spoon caramel topping over doughnut tower. Top with remaining whipped cream mixture and pecans.

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