When you think of quintessential Thanksgiving desserts, pumpkin pie probably comes to mind. While we’re fans of the traditional holiday dessert, we also support getting a little more creative with your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving offerings. In honor of National Cake Day, we thought it was a good time to share some Thanksgiving cake recipes that your guests will be grateful for eating. Here are five delicious recipes to try this holiday, many of which feature those autumnal flavors we love to taste this time of year.
First on our roundup of Thanksgiving cake recipes is this butternut squash cake. If you haven’t had a butternut squash cake before, you’re in for a treat. It has a similar flavor and consistency to traditional carrot cake. However, it also features fall-inspired flavors such as cloves and dried fruits. The cream cheese frosting is the finishing touch that takes this cake from good to great.
Anything no-bake gets our stamp of approval, and this blueberry cheesecake if one of our most favorite Thanksgiving dessert recipes due to its simplicity and tastiness. It also features a homemade graham cracker crust, which we think is mandatory for any made-from-scratch cheesecake recipe. One of the best things about this no-bake cheesecake recipe is how long it stays fresh. If you’re planning to bring a cake to a Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving dinner, this one’s a great pick because it travels so well. You can even make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge for a few days without worrying about it going bad.
We love cheesecake so much, we had to include another one. This cheesecake is unlike any other we’ve had. It features the delectable flavors of pecans and caramel, which make it a little more sophisticated than your average cheesecake. It’s also super good looking, and it’ll impress your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving guests. It only bakes for 30 minutes, but it does need time to chill afterward, so keep that mind and be sure to allot enough time for it to cool.
Apple crumb cake is a lighter option that still packs in a lot of festive flavors. It’s also a versatile cake option — it works just as well alongside a slice of coffee at breakfast as it does after dinner. Apple is an autumnal fruit, which makes it a perfect choice for Thanksgiving. For those of us who like apple desserts but aren’t fans of pie, this one is a great alternative option.
We had to include something with chocolate on our list of Thanksgiving cake recipes, of course. Chocolate with hazelnuts is one of our absolute favorite flavor combinations. This Chocolate Hazelnut Cake is the ultimate example of how well the flavors complement one another. The rich, nutty taste is the perfect accompaniment to the chocolate’s sweetness. If you’re a fan of Nutella, you will love this cake.
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