Top Thanksgiving Cake Recipes

Set your holiday dessert table right with these scrumptious Thanksgiving cake recipes that think outside the pie crust.

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Celebrate with Cakes

Cakes are a wonderful way to decorate your dessert table and feed a crowd.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Trisha's cake is all about presentation (and it tastes good too). It looks like a basic cake when you put it in the oven, but when you turn it out it's a beautiful dessert.

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Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake

Sweet and tart fruit on the bottom and a simple batter on top is the perfect combination for Ina's cake that requires only 15 minutes' prep time. It turns out almost like a pudding when it's time to serve.

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Orange Cake

A shiny orange glaze plus orange zest is the secret to this elegant cake. Poke holes in the top of the cake, then pour a warm orange syrup all over so that it soaks through. Reduce the remaining syrup to a thick glaze and spread it over the top to create the hard shell before arranging orange strips and orange supremes on top.

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White Coconut Cake

A splash of coconut extract is the secret to mixing up Tyler's classic vanilla cake batter. You can also add the extract to his simple buttercream frosting. Dab rum syrup into each layer of cake before topping with the frosting.

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Spiced Apple-Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Giada combines tart apples and sweet pure maple syrup to create a balanced batter for her cake. Don't cut the apples too fine, so you'll bite into nice chunks of fruit in each slice.

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Caramel Apple Cake

This cake tastes just like another fall favorite: caramel-coated apples. Drizzle the apple-filled cake with homemade caramel, then slice and serve with even more caramel sauce.

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Meyer Lemon-Cranberry Bundt Cake

Plan ahead for this cake that needs to sit overnight for the flavors to fully develop. Make a lemon-juice simple syrup and pour it over the cranberry-filled Bundt cake, then let it sit overnight.

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Southern Red Velvet Cake

This is a really wet cake, because it has both oil and buttermilk. Be sure to sift the dry ingredients twice to add extra air to keep the batter light.

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My Sister Maria's Easy Apple Cake and Ice Cream

Rachael's sister Maria is the baker in the family. Her recipe dresses up boxed cake mix with chunks of apples mixed with cinnamon and sugar. Once it's puffed up and golden around the edges, serve with butter pecan or rum raisin ice cream.

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Pineapple Upside-Down Grit Cake

The Neelys remix classic pineapple upside-down cake by adding cornmeal to the batter to give it the texture of grits. Overlap pineapple rings in a round pan with brown sugar and place cherries in the middle of each ring so it'll turn out perfectly.

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Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Anne's two-layer cake is easy to make in a loaf pan. Simply slice baked cake in half and layer with a fluffy cream cheese frosting. 

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