7 Thanksgiving Cakes You Have to Try

7 Thanksgiving Cakes You Have to Try

I love this time of year, for baker’s especially, because we get to try really warm and inviting cake flavors! As you all know, I’ve never been a huge fan of pies, so I’ve tried turning several different pies into cakes and have LOVED them. A lot of them have turned out to be inspired by Thanksgiving flavors, which is actually perfect. Here are the 7 Thanksgiving cakes you have to try. 

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I get so excited just thinking about all the different cake flavors on this list. A lot of them are pumpkin for obvious reasons, but all of them have their own twist making them memorable and will leave you wanting more. If you’re in charge of bringing dessert to a family function this holiday season, one of these cakes will be the perfect choice! 

Thanksgiving Cake #1: Pumpkin Pie Cake

Out of my fall flavor cakes, this Pumpkin Pie Cake is one of my favorites! I do six cake layers so I can fit in three different layer fillings. Since there’s six layers it’s OK to keep the layers pretty thin. I just had to include all three fillings to this cake because it makes the cake a hundred times better. So, on your first bite make sure to get a piece of the cake and the filling for the best experience!

Thanksgiving Cake #2: Sweet Potato Cake

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If you’ve always been on the fence about sweet potatoes or sweet potato casserole, it’s high time for you to try the Sweet Potato Cake. Everything tastes better if it’s in the form of a cake! (OK, mostly everything.) I personally love sweet potato casserole, so I was excited to try this cake recipe. Sweet potato goes so well with pecan and marshmallow, so this cake features a marshmallow filling, a pecan crunch, and a pecan buttercream.

Thanksgiving Cake #3: Triple Chocolate Pecan Pie Cake

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This Triple Chocolate Pecan Pie Cake is close to my heart because it’s inspired by Ryan’s mom’s famous Triple Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie. It was always the first pie gone at our family dinner, so I knew I had to find her secret and turn it into a cake! This cake has so many different elements to it, and they all blend together so nicely. If you’re a fan of chocolate and pecan pie, this one should be the first one you try! 

Thanksgiving Cake #4: French Apple Pie Cake

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I dedicate this French Apple Pie Cake to my mom! She’s rolled so much pie crust in her life and has made each pie with love and care. She’s who taught me how to love baking! The key to this cake is to use a quality brand of apple cider. Using a cheap store brand will likely lessen the flavors of this cake. You can either make your own, or if you have a brand that you love and tastes close to being homemade, that one should work too! 

Thanksgiving Cake #5: Pumpkin Bundt Cake

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This Pumpkin Bundt Cake is one of the easiest cakes you can make! It actually takes longer to bake than it does to actually put together! That sounds like music to a busy mom’s ears. Check out the full blog post for tips on how to carefully remove your bundt cake from your pan. The last thing you want is your beautiful creation to get stuck or crumble apart! 

Thanksgiving Cake #6: Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Cake

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After trying my Pumpkin Pie Cake (and my Santa’s Milk and Cookie Cake), I decided to put the two together to create my Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Cake! Let me tell you, this cake tastes amazing! All the layers are so fluffy and the ermine frosting keeps it from being too sweet which is what it needs since we bake two giant sugar cookies to go in between the layers!

Thanksgiving Cake #7: Pumpkin Gingersnap Cake

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This Pumpkin Gingersnap Cake was inspired by a pumpkin cream cheese streusel bread I came across on Pinterest. When I saw that recipe I immediately knew I needed to turn it into a cake! I had so much fun creating this cake recipe and experimenting what flavors would go well together. I ended up turning the streusel into a crumble for the cake and it turned it into a home run (especially paired with the cinnamon chip ganache!). 

7 Thanksgiving Cakes You Have to Try

I hope you enjoy making your very own version of these cakes! Whatever you do, don’t forget about these 7 Thanksgiving cakes you have to try when making your Thanksgiving desserts! Follow me on Instagram @cakebycourtney to let me know how it goes and for more tips on all things cake! 

Looking for more options for Thanksgiving dessert? Check out this post HERE for more fall-flavored cake inspo.

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Courtney Rich

I’m a self-taught baker, obsessed with cake.

I long ago ditched box mixes in pursuit of melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for flavor combinations, fillings and textures. I believe cake must be decadent, life-changing and worthy of celebration! And I believe anyone should be able to bake that kind of cake – and I’m here to teach you just that!

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