30 Best Thanksgiving Cake Recipes

So, when we think of serving cake and desserts, we automatically drift towards themes like Christmas, Valentine’s day, and Halloween. But what about Thanksgiving? It’s a day for sharing and celebrating with your loved ones.

Thanksgiving Cake Recipes

And eating all the food in the entire state in one after or evening. Naturally. Everyone has their favorite desserts and cakes around the holidays and if you don’t, well, that’s what we’re here for! To track down a new favorite for you to bake at this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. 

Whether you’re a sweet person, a savory person, or a spicy person! There’s a cake in this article that has been articulated and designed especially for you, it’s just waiting for you to find it. 

Snickerdoodle Coffee Cake

Not everyone likes cakes that are on the sweeter side of life, some prefer the subtleties that cakes and desserts have to offer.

The beauty about baking your own cakes is that you have the say in what’s included in them, and if this cake is something you wish to try, however, are not the biggest fan of coffee. Why not reduce the coffee amount and substitute a kind of tea or herbal blend?

There’s no right or wrong with baking, you just need the right mindset! Besides the crunch from the cinnamon on top of this cake is enough to make you put aside your hatred towards coffee and try it anyway!

Pumpkin Pie Magic Cake

Now, we love a dessert that is both a pie and a cake because who doesn’t love a combination of them both? What do they call this in the music and acting industry?

A slashy! Part pie, part cake. It’s made by using a pumpkin pie mix from a can and it uses only 5 ingredients to get the cake done.

It tastes as homemade as they come and it’s actually not as sweet as you’d think, so there’s no need to worry about this combination of desserts being too sweet for the whole family to even eat. 

Autumn Spice Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting 

If you’re going to be baking for Thanksgiving dinner, you want something as sweet and spicy as the rest of your cooking! It is fall after all and if the spices are in season, why not use them up and indulge in a warm spicy, and sweet cake after your evening dinner.

This recipe uses brown sugar instead of the usual white sugar to really give it that golden caramel color and it enhances the spices throughout the cake. Be careful though, it won’t last long on the dining table and it will be gone before you know it!

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheese Cake

It’s impossible to go wrong with a cheesecake, so found this delicious double-layer pumpkin cheesecake recipe that is Thanksgiving in a dish!

The whipped cream topping is a great addition to this cheesecake and the main body of the cake has been filled with fall spices and fillings like cinnamon, nutmeg, and everything spicy and warm!

In some cases, pumpkin spices can be overpowering in cakes, however, a cheesecake, balances it out perfectly!

Pear Upside-Down Cake 

This cake is a brilliant twist on a classic, and we think you’re going to love it! Pineapple upside-down cakes are rather popular across the country, however, have you ever seen someone make a pear version of the cake?

We didn’t think so, so be the first to introduce your family to this marvelous cake! It takes roughly 15 minutes to prepare and 50 minutes to bake so you can have it done and dusted by the afternoon!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

We gave you a wondrous take on this cake in the previous recipe, but how could we leave you without a top tear version of the original idea? Pineapple upside-down cake is so fun to make and eat, to be honest, and it’s so moist and buttery.

It has a fine cheery and pineapple glaze on the top (or bottom?) of the cake that the whole family will not be able to resist. It’s made with Duncan Hines pineapple mix, pineapple slices, maraschino cherries, a delightful whipped topping.

Pumpkin Roll

I don’t think there’s a person on this planet that doesn’t love a good roll or log cake, they’re delightful in appearance, fun, and so easy to make when you get the hang of it!

It’s best served chilled though, so if you’re going to be cracking this one out for a Thanksgiving dinner, be sure to practice making it a few times and make this one the night before, so all your guests can enjoy it after the roast you’ve put so much effort into making. 

Almond Cranberry Cake

Who doesn’t love a cake that is fresh and sweet for after dinner?

Sometimes chocolate can be overwhelmingly sweet for cakes and desserts after such a rich hearty good Thanksgiving dinner, so why not try this light and delicious almond cranberry cake that is going to be around for a good time, not a long time!

It also makes for a fantastic breakfast dish too, it’s filled with fresh fruit and nuts and makes for an ideal good start to the morning after Thanksgiving.

Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is one of those recipes that is so hard to resist at any gathering or party, let alone at the largest family gathering of the year! It’s smooth, fresh, and the tangy cheese frosting is to die for.

There’s a reason people have been making it for decades in most households, and you should to so don’t miss out on the chance to try this recipe today! Or at your next Thanksgiving dinner party, where a cake like this will thrive!

Applesauce Cake

This applesauce cake is absolutely loaded with raisins and walnuts for extra texture as well as spices to amp up the flavors inside!

It’s extra fluffy on the inside, but thanks to that sweet applesauce, it maintains the moist texture and is certain to be the ultimate crowd please at your next Thanksgiving dinner.

All you need is one bowl to make this cake, it’s that easy. And as soon as it’s in the oven, the smells and aromas are just out of this world.

Hot Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

This cake is a show stopper and even a contest winner amongst cake competitions, so you know it’s a good one!

It takes 20 minutes to prepare and roughly 55 minutes to bake and cool, it also serves 16 people so you know you’ll be sorted at the next family Thanksgiving dinner party for each and every one of your guests.

Unless you’ve got a larger family, in this case, feel free to bake two of these cakes, it won’t go to waste! 

Chai Cake with Orange Cardamom Frosting

Not every cake can be inclusive for everyone, some are not fond of the sweetest cakes and desserts out there, so this chai cake with a refreshing orange cardamom frosting might be more suited to your family this Thanksgiving celebration.

It’s vegan, has a light citrusy coconut whipped topping or frosting, and makes for a great afternoon dinner dessert. The chai is so refreshing with the orange and these flavors combined make for a fabulous time.

Chocolate Cake

Fancy making a truly rich and indulgent cake that everyone at your Thanksgiving dinner can enjoy?

All your guests will have already eaten themselves into food comas, but that extra stomach comes out to play when this cake is around and there’s always room for a slice or two! And this cake is a Hersheys inspired chocolate cake!

Ginger Bread Cake

With Thanksgiving being so close to the Christmas and holiday celebrations, why not start early at your Thanksgiving dinner and serve this delightful gingerbread cake?

It’s warm, sweet, and has just the right amount of spice to tingle those tastebuds! Any member of the family would be lucky to try your homemade version of this fantastic cake so don’t miss out on the chance to serve it.

Southern Sweet Potato Cake

Another contest winner coming forward and this one takes 25 minutes to prepare and 40 minutes to bake!

It serves a whopping 20 people so is perfect for Thanksgiving celebrations and all you’ll need to make it is eggs, sugar, canola oil, all-purpose flour, vanilla extract, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground allspice, salt, shredded peeled sweet potato, and finely chopped walnuts.

For the frosting, you’ll need cream cheese, softened butter, vanilla extract, and confectioners sugar.

Coconut Cream Poke Cake

We love how light and refreshing this coconut cream poke cake is for an after-dinner treat! Coconuts are underrated and delightful in most cake recipes for how interesting they make the flavors, it would be a shame to waste this opportunity to try it for yourself now, wouldn’t it?

The coconut flakes in the icing resemble actual glaciers and chunks of ice which is so playful and fun to incorporate into a cakes design!

Pumpkin Poke Cake

This pumpkin poke cake is so rich and moist, and the crunchy flakes on the top remind you of the best fall memories through every single indulgent bite you take!

The sponge is as orange as they come and this literally looks like a pumpkin was baked into this cake because of the richness to not only the color but the flavors inside!

Chocolate Almond Acorn Cupcakes

If you think your family and loved ones would prefer something sweet but small this Thanksgiving dinner, why not try this recipe for chocolate almond acorn cupcakes? The clue is in the name, they are so cute and small!

If you bake a few batches, this may work better for a Thanksgiving because everyone is so stuffed with turkey and yams! So, smaller desserts, equal for more choice over the servings!

Caramel Apple Poke Cake 

I think we’ve gathered by now that poke cakes are just never a bad choice at a dinner party or event, so why not try this rare caramel apple poke cake recipe this year and wow your guests!

We all love caramel apples around Thanksgiving and Halloween, so bake this cake and indulge in everything fall-related. It’s also so simple to make and is irresistible in the center of the dining table. 

Lemon Sour Cream Cake 

This is the type of cake that combines the classic lemon cake flavors into a sour and refreshing family-sized cake that is perfect for Thanksgiving!

Sour cream and lemons, who knew it huh? They make the most balanced and refreshing combination. It’s dense, moist, and full of flavors to keep your whole family happy and full.

You’ll need all-purpose flour, baking powder, butter, granulated sugar, eggs, sour cream, and the juiciest lemon zest! And for the glaze lemon juice, powdered sugar, and melted butter yields a well-balanced and delicious glaze topping. 

Pumpkin Upside-Down Cake 

Pumpkin upside-down cake is perfect for serving on your fancy plates and tableware this Thanksgiving dinner, It’s delicious, simple and so easy to literally whip up in no time at all.

The bake goes like this, pumpkin pie on the bottom, and a buttery cake mix pecan streusel on top for the most balanced and delightful pumpkin fall dessert.

It disappears almost too fast during the holidays that you’ll be slightly suspicious of how your grandparents ate three or four helpings of this cake. 

Turkey Cupcakes

It’s always handy to have a recipe that even the kids can get involved with over the holiday seasons, and thanksgiving can be such a fun and celebratory time!

Any children you have over for the dinner will love these cupcakes for their playful and colorful decorations, so get them involved and whip out the piping bags and decorative candy after you’ve finished baking. Turn it into a competition and have bucket loads of fun this year. 

Apple Nut Cake

Sometimes less is more with desserts at Thanksgiving because not everyone enjoyed thick and dense cakes after a dinner that is full and rich with flavors and heartwarming food.

So try out this apple nut cake recipe that is guaranteed to have everyone grasping for a slice, regardless of how full they are! It’s also the perfect fall cake because it’s stuffed full of delicious and fruity apples. 

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

We all love a cake that looks over the top and magnificent on the dining table but secretly is so simple and easy to make. This makes your time in the kitchen so much more joyous and the result?

A rewarding cake that pleasing for the whole family. Cranberry upside-down cake is made with fresh cranberries, lemon zest, and just a pinch of cinnamon to spice it up!

See if you’re loved ones can recognize the cinnamon in this dessert! If not, then no harm done, but it’s fun to know something that everyone else doesn’t know! Especially if you’ve been stuck in the kitchen all morning slaving away.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake

Chocolate and peanut butter. It’s the combination of dreams! It is simply a must to serve this cake at your next Thanksgiving dinner party to really enjoy the best out of the flavors inside. Also, who isn’t obsessed with bundt cakes?

They look fun and so outstanding on the dinner table any day of the year. Simply pour on your glaze or frosting in the messiest way and enjoy! The messier the better because that’s exactly what this cake needs to finish it off. 

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

It’s Thanksgiving, so of course, you’re going to want a pumpkin-themed cake for dessert! It’s a fall classic and what is fall without pumpkins? Nothing! Top this cake with a cream cheese frosting with just the right amount of pumpkin spices to give your guests a slice of comfort.

Also, this cake gives you the perfect excuse to visit the pumpkin patch with your children and loved ones to find the right pumpkin for this dessert. Bundt cakes may be a little old school, but we always love a classic during the holidays!

Toffee Poke Cake

If you’re going to do Thanksgiving dessert, do it right! And there’s nothing richer and luxurious than this toffee poke cake that is absolutely loaded with gooey toffee and caramel flavors. And it’s so easy!

You simply whip up your cake batter using the instructions included, bake it, poke holes in the top of the cake, and enjoy!

Once it’s got the right amount of holes, pour in the sweetened condensed milk and caramel sauce and you’ll have got yourself the most delightful Thanksgiving cake.

Cherry Almond Bundt Cake

Fancy a try at this Cherry almond bundt cake that takes 20 minutes to prepare and 1 hour to bake? Come on, you know you can’t resist! While it bakes, you can crack on with another recipe!

The cherry on top of this cake really is the cherry on top when it comes to cakes as it looks like something straight out of a food commercial. Bundt cakes are also so fun to make, it’s packed full of the freshest cherries.

You’ll need maraschino cherries, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, softened butter, almond paste, granulated sugar, eggs, almond extract, vanilla extract, milk, powdered sugar, and leftover cherry juice.

Butter Cake

This butter cake may be the most ideal cake after such rich and stodgy foods at Thanksgiving dinner, it’s simple, easy to make by far, and tastes great so what’s there to complain about?

With more than enough butter and cream cheese, you know this cake is just wonderful after such a wholesome dinner.

Orange Juice Cake With Cornmeal

Our last pick of the day for you lovely people is this orange juice cake with cornmeal that is different, to say the least, but if you’re up to the challenge of trying something new, it’s perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner!

The addition of cornmeal in this recipe provides a hint of graininess to a simple dessert. It has such a distinctive texture and the flavors are so fresh.

Final Thoughts

We’re coming to an end to this article and it makes us sad to leave you, however, one of these desserts is the perfect cake for your Thanksgiving meal and if you fancy trying more than one out, go ahead! Prepare a few options for the whole family to enjoy regardless of how fussy they all are! 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Which Cakes Have A Place At The Thanksgiving Table?

When it comes to cakes at Thanksgiving, we would never discriminate between cakes, pies, and desserts! They’re all so wonderful and really, when it comes down to it, there’s no right or wrong dessert to serve at the largest family event of the year.

We’ve rounded up our favorite options for you above in this article so you can choose the best one for your family gathering.

Why Is Pumpkin Spice Cake Called Thanksgiving Cake?

Well, the clue is in the name, pumpkins are a fall tradition, right? Well, there’s your answer! It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the pumpkin-themed desserts and main dishes incorporated into the meal. So, why wouldn’t pumpkin spice cake be called Thanksgiving cake?

Is It Okay To Bake A Cake On Thanksgiving?

Actually baking more than one dessert or cake on Thanksgiving is highly recommended, because it’s such a large family event. You may as well go all out and bake for the dozens! So, this is when our list of 30 best Thanksgiving cake recipes comes in handy to guide you through the day.

30 Best Thanksgiving Cake Recipes

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Thanksgiving would not be complete without the addition of delicious desserts and cakes, right? So, take a look at our 30 best thanksgiving cake recipes!

Directions

  • Pick a recipe from the list above
  • Click the recipe name and visit the website
  • Collect the ingredients and cook the food
  • Enjoy – don’t forget to leave a review
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