30+ Thanksgiving Cake Ideas (Easy & Delicious)

While pies typically reign supreme on the Thanksgiving dessert menu, I think these delicious fall-inspired Thanksgiving cakes deserve a lot more attention!

Your Thanksgiving guests will love the autumn flavors of apple spice, pumpkin cake, butter pecan, maple and can you say luscious, dreamy frosting? Move over pies, Thanksgiving cakes have arrived!

Thanksgiving Cake Ideas

This round-up of delicious Thanksgiving Cake ideas will give you dozens of cake recipes to consider for your Thanksgiving dessert menu. The hard part is deciding just which cake recipe to make!

Thanksgiving Cake Ideas

I’ve broken down these cakes by type so check the Table of Contents below for easy quick-jump buttons straight to your favorite cake type or browse them all, there are some really delicious ideas for your Thanksgiving dessert menu!

Thanksgiving Layer Cakes

Traditional layer cakes topped with delicious fall-inspired frostings are a gorgeous addition to your Thanksgiving menu. Take a look at a few of my favorite Thanksgiving-inspired layer cakes…

Best Thanksgiving Cakes

Maple Syrup & Pecan Layer Cake

This Thanksgiving cake is the perfect combination of flavors and textures. The warm maple syrup blends perfectly with pecans for an out of this world cake, the maple frosting is amazing too! Thanksgiving dessert is served!

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Best Thanksgiving Cakes
Maple Syrup and Pecan Layer Cake
This Thanksgiving cake is the perfect combination of flavors and textures. The warm maple syrup blends perfectly with pecans for an out of this world cake, the maple frosting is amazing too! Thanksgiving dessert is served!
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Thanksgiving Cake Ideas Turkey Cake

Thanksgiving Turkey Oreo Cake

Have you ever seen a cuter Thanksgiving cake than this one by Something Swanky?! Adore this turkey cake!

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Thanksgiving Cake Ideas Turkey Cake
Thanksgiving Oreo Cake Recipe
My favorite chocolate cake recipe filled with cream cheese frosting and an outside layer of chocolate buttercream with cute little Oreo Turkeys that make this cake perfect for Thanksgiving! You’ll also love my Chocolate Chess
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Thanksgiving Cakes: Sticky Toffee Pumpkin Cake

Sticky Toffee Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

A delicious sticky toffee pumpkin cake, perfect for your fall gatherings, especially a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table!

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Thanksgiving Cakes: Sticky Toffee Pumpkin Cake
Sticky Toffee Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
A delicious sticky toffee pumpkin cake, perfect for your fall gatherings, especially a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table!
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Homemade Carrot Cake

Homemade Carrot Cake

This sweet and moist carrot cake might not be what you’d traditionally see on a Thanksgiving dessert line-up, but trust me, it will be a popular one!

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Homemade Carrot Cake
Best Homemade Carrot Cake – Flavor Mosaic
This is the Best Homemade Carrot Cake recipe because it is a sweet, moist, and dense Carrot Cake made from scratch with pineapple, raisins, and pecans. When you want a dessert that everyone will love, make this cake!
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Maple Walnut cake for a delicious Thanksgiving Cake

Maple Walnut Cake

Maple belongs on your Thanksgiving dessert menu in some form or fashion. It’s such a delicious warming flavor this time of year and this cake is sure to please!

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Maple Walnut cake for a delicious Thanksgiving Cake
Maple Walnut Cake
This Maple Walnut Cake blends the warming flavors of maple and toasted nuts. A slice of this cake is the perfect dessert at the end of a busy day!
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Thanksgiving Cake Ideas

Sweet Potato Cake with Bourbon Salted Caramel Frosting

A spiced sweet potato cake with a bourbon salted caramel frosting. It’s similar to carrot cake, so moist and tender cake with chunk of walnuts. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes, and now it’s a CAKE too!

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Thanksgiving Cake Ideas
Amazing Sweet Potato Cake
A spiced sweet potato cake with a bourbon salted caramel frosting. It’s similar to carrot cake, so moist and tender cake with chunk of walnuts.
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Biscoff Caramel Cake

This Biscoff Caramel Cake has cream cheese cake layers atop a Biscoff cookie crust, caramel cream cheese filling and Biscoff buttercream.

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Best Thanksgiving Cake Ideas
Biscoff Caramel Cake – Salt & Baker
This Biscoff Caramel Cake has cream cheese cake layers atop a Biscoff cookie crust, caramel cream cheese filling and Biscoff buttercream.
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Thanksgiving Cake Ideas: Chocolate Pecan Cake

Chocolate Pecan Cake

Everything you love about chocolate cake with a pecan twist!

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Thanksgiving Cake Ideas: Chocolate Pecan Cake
Chocolate Pecan Cake
Craving a good slice of cake? Then bake this Chocolate Pecan Cake! This moist chocolate cake is covered with pecan frosting…yum!
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Easy Thanksgiving Desserts

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cake

One of my favorite Thanksgiving desserts is my brown sugar pie, but it might just have to be swapped out for this Brown Sugar Cake this year! Wowza!

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Easy Thanksgiving Desserts
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Layer Cake
This brown sugar cinnamon layer cake is full of autumn flavor and spice, with moist cake layers, candied pecans, and the fluffiest buttercream frosting.
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Toasted Butter Pecan Cake

Toasted Butter Pecan Cake

This Toasted Butter Pecan Cake Recipe is filled with nuts, cream cheese and delicious flavors! A delicious edition to your holiday menu!

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Toasted Butter Pecan Cake
Toasted Butter Pecan Cake Recipe – YUM!!
This Toasted Butter Pecan Cake Recipe is filled with nuts, cream cheese and yummy goodness!
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Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Move over Thanksgiving pies, this pumpkin spice cake tastes just like autumn! And it’s a beauty!

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Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cake
Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting | Spiced
Packed with pumpkin and plenty of Autumn spices, this Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a tasty way to celebrate the season!
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Thanksgiving Cake Ideas

Hummingbird Cake

While it’s not a traditional fall flavor exactly, hummingbird cake is a popular Southern cake that’s often enjoyed on Thanksgiving (and year-round too). It’s similar to a spice cake, making it perfect for the fall.

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Thanksgiving Cake Ideas
The BEST Hummingbird Cake Recipe
This Southern Hummingbird Cake recipe is a deliciously moist cake filled with ripe banana, perfectly sweet pineapple and chopped pecans that’s topped with an irresistibly rich cream cheese frosting!
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Thanksgiving Cakes

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Try this delicious twist on a basic pumpkin cake with added delightfully crunchy layers! This beauty will be a showstopper at your Thanksgiving feast!

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Thanksgiving Cakes
The Original Pumpkin Crunch Cake
What better way to celebrate the season than with my Pumpkin Crunch Cake! It will definitely bring smiles to your table and soon become your new family fall tradition. Don’t be fooled by imitators.
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Easy Thanksgiving Cake Ideas

Butternut Squash Cake

Have you ever tried a butternut squash cake? It’s naturally sweetened and has butternut squash baked right into the batter. Now this is a delish twist on a classic Thanksgiving dish turned into a cake idea, right?! Love it!

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Easy Thanksgiving Cake Ideas
Butternut Squash Cake (you’ll LOVE this cake!)
This easy butternut squash cake is naturally sweetened, easy to make, and delicious! It is a must-try alternative to the traditional spice cake! Includes recipe for naturally sweetened cream cheese frosting!
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Pecan Pie Cupcakes

Pecan Pie Cupcakes

While technically cupcakes, these are always on my Thanksgiving dessert menu! They’re pecan pie in cake form, what else could you want?

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Pecan Pie Cupcakes for Thanksgiving
Pecan Pie Cupcakes
Butter pecan cupcakes are topped with a brown sugar cream cheese frosting and toasted pecans for a delicious holiday cupcake!
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Thanksgiving Cupcakes and Cake Ideas

Turkey Cupcakes

I had to include one more cupcake in here, even though I know we’re talking all about Thanksgiving cake ideas, but this one is a WINNER every time I make them! Turkey candy corn cupcakes are so cute!

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Thanksgiving Cupcakes and Cake Ideas
Candy Corn Turkey Thanksgiving Cupcakes – Simply Happy Foodie
Candy Corn Turkey Thanksgiving Cupcakes are cute chocolate cupcakes that you can decorate for Thanksgiving! A fun Thanksgiving cooking activity for kids!
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Thanksgiving Cheesecakes

While it’s certainly debatable if cheesecakes can technically be called cakes, but when it comes to Thanksgiving cakes, cheesecakes definitely deserve a spot! Here are our suggestions for your Thanksgiving menu…

Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Wow your Thanksgiving guests with a decadent carrot cake cheesecake! This is the perfect twist on a plain cheesecake for the fall holidays!This perfectly spiced carrot cake with cheesecake swirl layer and sour cream topping is light, airy, and not overly sweet.

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake
Amazing Carrot Cake with Cheesecake Swirl | All that’s Jas
This perfectly spiced carrot cake with cheesecake swirl layer and sour cream topping is light, airy, and not overly sweet.
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Thanksgiving Cheesecakes

Creme Brûlée Brownie Pumpkin Cheesecake

This amazing creme brulee brownie pumpkin cheesecake with a fudgy brownie crust, creamy pumpkin cheesecake, and a crispy caramelized sugar top is absolutely sinful.

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Thanksgiving Cheesecakes
Creme Brûlée Brownie Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
This creme brulee brownie pumpkin cheesecake with a fudgy brownie crust, creamy pumpkin cheesecake, and a crispy caramelized sugar top is absolutely sinful.
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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

This Caramel Apple Cheesecake is baked in a gingersnap crust! It’s full of apple flavor!

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake | Autumn...in cheesecake form!
Caramel Apple Cheesecake | Autumn…in cheesecake form!
This Caramel Apple Cheesecake is loaded with apple flavor, and it’s baked in a gingersnap crust. It’s pure Autumn…in cheesecake form!
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Thanksgiving Cheesecake Ideas

Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Move over pecan pie, this cheesecake version of the popular Thanksgiving dessert is sure to be a winner!

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Thanksgiving Cheesecake Ideas
Pecan Pie Cheesecake – Baker by Nature
If you love pecan pie, you HAVE to try Pecan Pie Cheesecake! Featuring a crunchy pecan crust, creamy brown sugar cheesecake filling, and gooey pecan pie topping, this is the ultimate holiday dessert! This crowd-pleasing dessert will leave your friends and family hailing you a baking genius! Pecan Pi…
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Thanksgiving Sheet Cakes

Keep it simple with easy Thanksgiving sheet cakes! Take a look at my favorites below…

Thanksgiving cakes for kids

Pumpkin Patch Cake

Pumpkin Patch Cake starts off with a simple sheet cake, topped with chocolate frosting and then decorated with candy pumpkins. It will be a delight for kids of all ages at your Thanksgiving celebration!

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Pumpkin Patch Cake
Pumpkin Patch Cake starts off with a simple made-from-scratch chocolate cake, topped with chocolate frosting and then decorated for the season with mellowcreme pumpkins. It’s a delight for kids of all ages!
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BEST EVER Apple Cake Recipe!

Easy Apple Sheet Cake

Quite possibly my favorite apple cake! My mom got this recipe decades ago from a college roommate’s mother in the Shenandoah Valley. I even have this recipe in my latest cookbook, it’s that good! If you want an easy Thanksgiving cake idea, this is it!

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Apple Cake
Celebrate the arrival of apple season with this delicious “best ever apple cake” recipe. Get the recipe and try it out with your family this fall!
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Thanksgiving Cake Slice

Pumpkin Cake

You CAN’T beat a classic pumpkin cake for Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Cake Slice
Best Pumpkin Cake Recipe (Video)
The best pumpkin cake recipe ever. It’s moist with a beautiful crumb and the perfect amount of fall spices. Pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting is easy to make with simple ingredients.
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pumpkin cinnamon cake

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake

Moist pumpkin cake with brown sugar cinnamon swirls and a cinnamon roll icing? This pumpkin cinnamon roll cake is a fan favorite EVERY time I make it!

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pumpkin cinnamon cake
Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake
Looking for the ultimate, moist, delicious pumpkin cinnamon roll cake for the fall? This is it!
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Thanksgiving Apple Cake

Apple Dapple Cake

Apple Dapple Cake is an heirloom cake recipe full of warm spices and baked apples which give this vintage cake an incredibly delicious moist texture.

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Thanksgiving Apple Cake
Apple Dapple Cake – A Vintage Fall Favourite – Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen
Apple Dapple Cake is a classic cake full of warm spices and baked apples which give this vintage cake an incredibly delicious moist texture.
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Pumpkin Pie Cake for Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Pie Cake

Falling somewhere between a pie and a cake, this delicious pumpkin pie cake will please the pumpkin pie and cake lovers alike!

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Pumpkin Pie Cake - Sugar Apron
Pumpkin Pie Cake – Sugar Apron
Pumpkin pie cake will be your new favorite pumpkin recipe! All the yummy flavors of a pumpkin pie but the heartiness of a cake.
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Thanksgiving Bundt Cakes

What’s not to love about a bundt cake? They’re easy to make and serve a crowd of hungry Thanksgiving friends and family members! Slice and serve these Thanksgiving bundt cakes.

Thanksgiving Cake - Chocolate Turkey Cake

Chocolate Turkey Cake

What is more perfect for Thanksgiving than a TURKEY cake?! I love that you can recreate this with your own favorite bundt cake. This cake is one of my favorite Thanksgiving cake designs!

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Thanksgiving Cake - Chocolate Turkey Cake
CHOCOLATE TURKEY CAKE–EASY, fun cake for Thanksgiving
Marshmallows and sprinkles turn a chocolate cake into a turkey. This EASY CHOCOLATE turkey cake is a fun Thanksgiving dessert idea.
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Bourbon Spice Cake for Thanksgiving

Bourbon Spice Bundt Cake

My brother’s recipe for bourbon spice bundt cake is sure to be a popular one for Thanksgiving! It’s loaded with delicious spices and of course – bourbon! Serve this with a delicious scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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Bourbon Spice Cake for Thanksgiving
Bourbon Spice Bundt Cake | Topped with brown sugar bourbon glaze!
Open up a bottle of bourbon…and bake a cake! This Bourbon Spice Bundt Cake is packed with warming baking spices – perfect for Autumn!
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Delicious Fall Cakes

Apple Harvest Cake

The cream cheese glaze over this layered apple harvest cake will be the perfect sweet finish to your Thanksgiving dinner! Pass me a fork!

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Delicious Fall Cakes
Layered Apple Harvest Cake – Sprinkle Bakes
Celebrate apple season with this Layered Apple Harvest Cake! Cream cheese glaze gives it extra sweetness and tangy flavor.
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Cake Ideas for Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Truffle Bundt Cake

This decadent pumpkin truffle bundt cake will have your Thanksgiving guests coming back for seconds!

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Cake Ideas for Thanksgiving
Pumpkin Bundt Cake Recipe
Pumpkin bundt cake with chocolate ganache and a tunnel of pumpkin spice truffles inside! This cake is the perfect fall dessert.
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Even More Thanksgiving Cake Ideas

While these Thanksgiving cakes don’t fall into a pretty category like layer cakes or cheesecakes, trust me, these are NOT to be missed… you’ll even find my famous apple dump cake recipe below! The holiday season never tasted so good!

Apple Dump Cake

Apple Dump Cake (with Pecan Topping)

While this is not a traditional “frosted cake” so to speak, this apple dump cake is always the first to go at my holidays and gatherings. It’s like a mix between cake and cobbler in the best way possible! Plus, a pecan topping? Perfection!

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Apple Dump Cake with Pecans
Easy Apple Dump Cake
Delicious and easy apple dump cake with brown sugar pecan topping!
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Pumpkin Roll Cake for Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Roll Cake

Pumpkin roll cake combines tender pumpkin cake with a generous swirl of cream cheese filling for a classic dessert full of fall flavor. This cake is such a pretty one for your Thanksgiving table.

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Pumpkin Roll Cake for Thanksgiving
Pumpkin Roll Cake Recipe (with Cream Cheese Filling)
Pumpkin roll cake combines tender pumpkin cake with a generous swirl of cream cheese filling for a classic dessert full of Fall flavor.
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Pumpkin Dump Cake

Pumpkin Dump Cake

Second only to my apple dump cake is this pumpkin dump cake! What a dream dessert for your Thanksgiving menu, YUM! Dump cakes are such an easy Thanksgiving dessert to make.

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Pumpkin Dump Cake
The BEST Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe – All Things Mamma
This Pumpkin Dump Cake recipe is a quick and easy dessert that will be the hit of any fall get-together – just mix, dump, and bake.
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Thanksgiving Cakes with Apples

Italian Apple Cake

Torta di Mele, aka classic Italian apple cake, is a dessert all Italian nonnas make! It’s soft and fluffy, and easy to make with just 8 ingredients!

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Thanksgiving Cakes with Apples
Torta di Mele – Italian Apple Cake – The Petite Cook
Torta di Mele, aka classic Italian apple cake, is a dessert all Italian nonnas make! It’s soft and fluffy, and easy to make with just 8 ingredients!
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Apple Fritter Cake

Apple Fritter Cake

Apple Fritter Cake with a sweet powdered sugar glaze is a simple loaf cake that will remind you of your favorite apple fritter.

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Apple Fritter Cake
Apple Fritter Cake {Easy Recipe} – Miss in the Kitchen
Apple Fritter Cake with a sweet powdered sugar glaze is a simple loaf cake that will remind you of your favorite apple fritter.
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If you’re looking for Thanksgiving dessert recipes and want to include a few Thanksgiving cakes, be sure to bookmark this page for some delicious options! Happy Thanksgiving!

Cakes for Thanksgiving

P.S. Need ideas for your the rest of Thanksgiving feast? Check out these favorites!

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