It’s time to think outside the pumpkin pie. While we’re fans of traditional holiday desserts, we also support getting a little creative with your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving offerings. Here are five delicious and unique Thanksgiving cake recipes to try this holiday.
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 like cloves and dried fruits. The cream cheese frosting is the perfect finishing touch.
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 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 give it time to cool.
Apple crumb cake is a versatile cake option — it works just as well alongside a slice of coffee at breakfast as it does post dinner. Apple is an autumnal fruit, which makes it an ideal choice for Thanksgiving. For those who like apple desserts but aren’t fans of pie, this one’s a good alternative.
We had to include something with chocolate on our list of Thanksgiving cake recipes! This Chocolate Hazelnut Cake is the ultimate example of how well chocolate and hazelnut 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.