40+ Thanksgiving Cake Recipes

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With Thanksgiving dinner just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about what sweet endings you will be serving. Forget the usual Thanksgiving pies and classic desserts this year – how about trying out some Thanksgiving cakes? We’ve rounded up 40+ of the best Thanksgiving Cake Recipes that will not only satisfy your sweet tooth but also add a fun twist to your dessert table. From pumpkin spiced delights to pecan topped creations, these cakes are sure to steal the show at your Thanksgiving feast.

40 Thanksgiving Cakes to Try This Year!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake

An epic, show-stopping dessert, this Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake is perfect for Thanksgiving. Covered generously with cream cheese icing and decorated with pumpkin candies, this will become your new favorite cake for pumpkin season!

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler...cake on the top, hot caramel sauce on the bottom!! Fall dessert central.

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler Cake

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler Cake is the ultimate fall dessert with cake on the top and hot caramel sauce on the bottom! This is my most popular recipe during the Fall season and is very highly rated!

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Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

A super easy Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake recipe using a Betty Crocker box yellow cake mix, brown sugar, cinnamon, and graham cracker crumbs! SO GOOD!

Lemon Cranberry Coffee Cake

Lemon Cranberry Coffee Cake

Lemon Cranberry Coffee Cake is a light and delicious dessert topped with homemade whipped cream! Perfect for leftover fresh cranberries from Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

If you like cake for breakfast or dessert you’ll love this easy Apple Coffee Cake Recipe! Topped with streusel and cream cheese glaze! It’s the fall flavors you crave!

Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe

This Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe is SO easy and SO delicious! After tasting this you will never want to make regular cinnamon rolls again!

Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Guys, three words: Pumpkin Bundt Cake. These were just perfect. Just the right amount of sweet, pumpkin pie spice, and everything nice. The cake was moist because of the copious amount of pumpkin and the entire recipe was done in just under an hour.

whole maple cake with icing and walnuts

Maple Cake

Need a simple, delicious and unique cake that will blow your mind? Try my Easy Maple Cake! Made with simple pantry ingredients, real maple syrup and maple extract, baked low and slow to keep it soft and drizzled with a sweet and creamy maple glaze and topped with walnuts. It’s pure heaven.

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Apple Cake

This is a classic recipe for homemade, fresh Apple Cake made with lots of Granny Smith apples and flavored deliciously with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and orange zest. It’s a quintessential recipe to have in your recipe boxes for Fall!

Easy Pumpkin cake with nutella glaze

Easy Pumpkin Cake with Nutella Glaze

Easy Pumpkin Cake with Nutella Glaze. This is something that you all need to make. The cake is made in one bowl. Once it’s done baking, you drizzle a whole lotta warm nutella over the top. It is the definition of a dreamy Fall dessert and the pumpkin flavor is unbeatable.

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Pumpkin Cake Recipe with Walnuts

This Pumpkin Cake Recipe is layered between delicious chocolate and caramel frosting. Topped with walnuts, this cake is hard to resist!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

Elevate your Thanksgiving meal this holiday season by combining Pumpkin Pie and the silky texture of a classic New York Cheesecake to get this creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe! Smooth, tangy, and creamy, it’s one of the best desserts you can make for Thanksgiving.

pumpkin roll

BEST Pumpkin Roll Cake

Soft pumpkin sponge cake and fluffy cream cheese filling all rolled up into a Pumpkin Roll Cake then dusted with powdered sugar!

Caramel Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Caramel Pecan Pie Cheesecake is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert! Cheesecake topped with crunchy pecans with warm caramel glaze drizzled over! SO GOOD!

slice of carrot cake on a plate

Carrot Cake

This Carrot Cake recipe is moist with a tender bite. Covered with thick cream cheese frosting and spiced to perfection, makes it the best ever!

Spiced Applesauce Sheet Cake with Divinity Frosting

Applesauce Cake

You’ll love these flavorful combinations of sweet Applesauce Cake topped with brown sugar marshmallow divinity frosting!

pumpkin pie sheet cake with whipped cream rosettes

Pumpkin Sheet Cake

This Pumpkin Sheet Cake is three creamy and sweet layers of cake, sweet pumpkin pudding and whipped cream rosettes. A cross between Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Cheesecake, this simple sheet cake is the perfect make ahead dessert for any Thanksgiving gathering!

salted caramel ritz cracker icebox cake on a tablescape

Ritz Cracker Salted Caramel Icebox Cake

Ritz Cracker Salted Caramel Icebox Cake is a mouthful to say, but is a dreamy, creamy, no-bake, salty-sweet icebox cake! All of your Thanksgiving guests will be coming back for more.

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Chocolate Swiss Roll Cake

This Chocolate Swiss Roll Cake is a show-stopping, ridiculously sweet, and rich dessert that will blow your socks off! Chocolate sponge cake is rolled up in frosting and then covered with a chocolate glaze! What’s not to love?

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Homemade Vanilla Cake

This Homemade Vanilla Cake Recipe is one of the best homemade cakes ever and will quickly become your new favorite. A simple recipe with a tender and moist crumb and just the right amount of sweetness.

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Black Forest Cake

This Black Forest Cake Recipe is a creamy, chocolate-cherry dream! Made from scratch with my homemade chocolate cake, homemade cherry filling, and vanilla whipped cream. It is heaven on a plate.

flourless chocolate cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake is one for the books! It’s rich, moist, delicious and you guessed it! It’s made with absolutely no flour, which makes it a naturally gluten-free version of Chocolate Cake! Top it with my homemade almond whipped cream and you’ll be in heaven.

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Vanilla Bundt Cake

This is a basic (but delicious!) Vanilla Bundt Cake recipe. It’s a moist and tender butter and sour cream based batter that is delicious as a stand alone dessert with just a little powdered sugar or with some whipped cream and berries. So simple, but certainly a show stopper.

slice missing from no bake blueberry cheesecake

No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

Need a delicious, no-bake refreshing dessert? Look no further and give this No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake a try! Based off of my original No-Bake Cheesecake and my ever-popular Classic Cheesecake Recipe, this is a delicious variation for all you cheesecake lovers out there.

slice of angel food cake with whipped cream and berries

Angel Food Cake

Light, dreamy and so much better than store-bought, this homemade Angel Food Cake will blow your mind! Made with whipped egg whites, sugar, flour, and some flavorings, this is a must-make cake recipe for Thanksgiving.

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Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Easier to make than a homemade ice cream cake, this is an Ice Cream Sandwich Cake! No-bake and prepped in about 20 minutes. Hello delicious!

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Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake isn’t just known for its red color. It has the perfect blend of vanilla, cocoa, and tang (from buttermilk) that makes it so dang popular! While I love a good Classic Chocolate Cake, this is a new kind of cake! Paired with my cream cheese frosting and you’ve got yourself a show-stopping dessert.

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Classic Chocolate Cake

This Chocolate Cake Recipe is the most quintessential, classic chocolate cake that you need in your recipe box. Made with simple pantry ingredients and frosted with a delicious chocolate frosting, it is truly the only recipe you will ever need for chocolate cake.

Nutter Butter Nutella Icebox Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake has layers of Nutter Butter cookies and Nutella cream. Perfectly sweet and refreshing and best of all, no-bake! 

Dark Chocolate Cake on a plate

Dark Chocolate Cake

A moist Dark Chocolate Cake recipe that is perfect for pretty much any occasion. Rich, and decadent, it will satisfy all chocolate lovers.

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Eggnog Eclair Cake

This Eggnog Eclair Cake is creamy, spicy, sweet, delicious, and surprisingly simple to make! Bet you have everything on hand to whip this up and serve it at your holiday parties!

chocolate peanut butter sheet cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sheet Cake is basically a cross between a thin Chocolate Cake and Peanut Butter Pie and is to die for!

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The Best Cheesecake

This is literally the Best Cheesecake Recipe ever. Seven simple ingredients. No water bath. No cracking ever. It is the only recipe you’ll ever need for classic, jaw-dropping, super creamy cheesecake. Follow my directions and it is simply fail-proof!

italian cream cake slice

Italian Cream Cake

This Italian Cream Cake Recipe is about to blow your mind. A light vanilla based layer cake, similar to my vanilla cake is laced with toasted pecans and coconut, only to be slathered in decadent cream cheese frosting. It’s a glorious dessert, any way you slice it.

molten lava cake with raspberries on plates with spooned out filling

Molten Lave Cake

This Molten Lava Cake is one of the easiest and most decadent desserts to make at home! Only a few ingredients are needed that you probably already have on hand!

pineapple upside down cake on a plate

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

The old-fashioned Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a simple and classic dessert that everyone loves. This recipe is an easy one courtesy of a vanilla cake mix that is jazzed up with a homemade caramel, canned pineapple rings and maraschino cherries.

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Vegan Chocolate Cake

This Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe will become your new favorite dessert! No funky ingredients needed and it tastes amazing! Guaranteed. You will never need another vegan chocolate cake recipe again.

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Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

This Cheesecake Factory Vanilla Bean Cheesecake copycat is absolutely out of this world delicious! Made with layers of graham cracker crust, creamy vanilla bean cheesecake, white chocolate mousse and homemade whipped cream, PLUS no water bath needed using my proven method! 

Banana Cake

Ultimate Banana Cake Recipe

This Ultimate Banana Cake Recipe is a simple scratch banana cake filled with walnuts and slathered with amazing brown butter frosting. Perfect for special occasions or anytime you have ripe bananas!

Lemon Butter Cake with Raspberries

Lemon Pound Cake

This Lemon Pound Cake is infused with lemon butter glaze that really takes it over the top. Top with a few berries and some whipped cream.

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist, soft, sweet, and delicious, this Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is literally perfect! It’s simple ingredients and easy directions will have you making this recipe again and again.

lemon angel food cake with raspberries

Lemon Angel Food Cake with Raspberries

Lemon Angel Food Cake is a super easy, 5 ingredient treat that is almost guilt-free! Topped with raspberries. 

No-Bake Lemon Icebox Cake

Lemon Icebox Cake

Lemon Icebox Cake is a deliciously sweet, refreshing, and creamy no-bake cake that everyone will love. This will be your new go-to dessert when you’re in a pinch!

Cupcake Recipes for your Thanksgiving Spread!

red velvet cupcake on a white plate with some cupcakes in the background

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes are a classic cupcake recipe taken from my Red Velvet Cake recipe. Perfect for when you want something a little more simple than a tiered cake but with all of the same great flavors!

frosted vanilla cupcakes on a white cake platter

Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes is based on my vanilla cake recipe, but in cupcake form! Moist, tender, perfectly sweet, and ready to make for any occasion. Of course amazing frosted with my Vanilla Buttercream.

oreo chocolate peanut butter cupcakes on a cake stand

Oreo Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Oreo Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes are oreo-bottomed chocolate cupcakes with oreo peanut butter frosting!

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Mousse Frosting

Lemon Cupcakes

These Lemon Cupcakes are made with really simple ingredients that we all have on hand, but what makes them extra special is the frosting! I folded in whipped cream into it to make a light and fluffy lemon ‘mousse’.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Tops

This Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Filled S’mores Cupcake is ridiculous. Delicious and moist chocolate cake, eggless peanut butter cookie dough and toasted marshmallow “frosting”.

sweet potato cupcakes on a plate

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

These Sweet Potato Cupcakes with brown sugar marshmallow frosting are moist, sweet, tender, and downright delicious. If you love Sweet Potato Casserole, then you will love sweet potato cake.

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

This Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe with Buttercream Frosting Recipe is a fabulous dessert, special occasion treat, or birthday cupcakes. Made with simple pantry ingredients, you will fall in love with this recipe. 

There you have it! I hope you add one or more of these cakes to your Thanksgiving menu this year. Enjoy, friends! 🙂

If you make these recipes, I would really appreciate it if you would give them a star rating and leave your review in the comments! If you have a picture of your finished dish, post it on Instagram using the hashtag #laurenslatest and tagging me @laurens_latest.

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