Fabulous Fall Cake Recipes

Brimming with warm spices and seasonal flavors such as pumpkin and apple, these flavorful cakes are hard to resist.


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Cranberry-Pear Walnut Cake

    Cinnamon-spiced cake is filled with cranberries, pear slices, and walnuts and topped with a buttery caramel sauce.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   45 mins  to  50 mins  350°F 
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Maple Upside-Down Cake

    With candied ginger and maple-laced whipped cream, this moist apple cake is a standout dessert.

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Butterscotch Chip Oatmeal Cake

    Orange peel brightens this dense cake topped with pecans and butterscotch chips.

Makes: 20 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Stand   10 mins 
Bake   40 mins 
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Banana-Clementine Wacky Cake with Pomegranate Sauce

    Clementine peel brightens this moist banana-nut cake.

Makes: 9 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
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Berry-Walnut Upside-Down Cake

    Ginger adds subtle zing to this sticky-sweet cake.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Stand   5 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
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Marbelous Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cake with Salted Caramel Glaze

    A salty, sticky-sweet glaze tops cinnamon-spiced chocolate and vanilla cake.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   40 mins  350°F 
Cool   15 mins 
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Walnut Cake with Caramel Whipped Cream and Simple Caramel Sauce

    This airy walnut-orange cake features candied nuts in the whipped cream filling. The easy caramel sauce can be made while the cake bakes.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   35 mins  to  40 mins  325°F 
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Chocolaty Harvest Fruit-Topped Cake

    Brimming with warm spices and seasonal flavors such as pumpkin and apple, these flavorful cakes are ideal for cool weather.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
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Ginger Carrot Cake

    Freshly grated ginger adds a delightful twist to this beloved American classic -- and it's delicious in any season.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep  1 hr 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
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Apple Upside-Down Cake

    The gooey goodness of this cake bakes up from a no-fuss, one-bowl batter spiced with ginger and cinnamon.

Makes: 9 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   25 mins 
Bake   55 mins  350°F 
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Upside-Down Apricot-Caramel Crunch Cake

    Warm caramel sauce and toasted almonds top this irresistible fall dessert. For an extra splurge, serve it with caramel or vanilla ice cream.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   45 mins  to  50 mins  350°F 
Cool   20 mins 
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Date and Spice Cake

    Flavorful spices, boosted by molasses, make this cake unforgettable -- and the perfect cold-weather comfort dessert.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
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Sweet Potato Cheesecake in a Gingersnap Crust

    This cross between sweet potato pie and cheesecake makes an ideal fall dessert. The buttery gingersnap crust bakes up from two ingredients -- butter and gingersnap cookies.

Makes: 16 servings
Chill  several hours
Cool   5 mins 
Bake   20 mins  to  30 mins  250°F 
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Chili Chocolate Torte and Cinnamon Whipped Cream

    Chili powder adds a touch of heat to this classic torte. Whipped cream sprinkled with cinnamon and mixed nuts makes a tasty (and pretty) topper.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  3 hrs 
Cool  1 hr 
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Orange-Ancho Marble Cake

    Finely shredded orange peel gives this pretty chocolate-and-vanilla swirled cake a festive feel. Chili powder adds a touch of heat.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake   35 mins  to  40 mins  350°F 
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Pumpkin-Cherry Upside-Down Cake

    A sweet-tart cherry and cranberry sauce makes this moist cake sing. Serve it at your next dinner party or as an alternative to traditional pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   30 mins  to  35 mins  350°F 
Cool   5 mins 
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Chocolate-Espresso Chiffon Cake

    This cake is lighter and airier than many thanks to beaten egg whites. Add a dollop of espresso whipped cream before serving.

Makes: 14 servings
Prep  1 hr 5 mins 
Bake  1 hr  325°F 
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Celebration Cake

    A combination of cream, sour cream, and sugar whips into a wonderfully fluffy frosting for this festive apple-and-carrot cake.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
Stand   10 mins 
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Glazed Gingerbread Cake

    Fluted round cakes are a baker's dream because they're pretty the minute they come out of the pan. Just add a drizzle of icing and a sprinkle of crystallized ginger, and this sweet will sizzle.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 
Bake   50 mins  350°F 
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Amaretto Cake with Cinnamon Swirl

    This moist white chocolate cake is laced with amaretto and filled with cinnamon and sliced almonds.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   55 mins  350°F 
Cool   10 mins 
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Very Ginger Pound Cake

    Pound cakes are noted for their tenderness and velvety texture. This one is spiced with both ground ginger and chopped crystallized ginger.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep  1 hr 
Cool  2 hrs 
Bake  1 hr  350°F 
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Spiced Rum Cake

    Here's an extra-moist spice cake mix jazzed up with sour cream and rum. There is a double dose of rum -- it's in the cake and in the glaze.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   35 mins  350°F 
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Chocolate-Pear Spice Cake

    This sweet-spicy cake fits into long and short time frames. This wonderful make-ahead cake can be frozen for up to three months. It's great to serve warm -- and of course at room temperature, too.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake  1 hr  350° 
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Clove-Molasses Cake

    The bold flavors of cloves, molasses, and bittersweet chocolate complement each other without being overpowering in this gingerbreadlike dessert. For a dramatic touch, you could serve blood orange slices with the cake.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
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Fresh Ginger Cheesecake

    A gingersnap crust, ginger-spiced filling, and crystallized ginger topping make this cheesecake a fun fall favorite.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   50 mins  350°F 
Cool  2 hrs 
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3-Nut Upside-Down Cake

    Caramelized pecans, walnuts, and macadamia nuts make a delicious topper for this decadent cake.

Makes: 9 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   40 mins  350°F 
Stand   10 mins 
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Butterscotch Marble Cake

    For an easy yet impressive fall dessert, try this irresistible cake -- it starts with a boxed cake mix and butterscotch pudding. A rich chocolatey icing adds a sweet finishing touch.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 
Bake   55 mins  350°F 
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Pumpkin-Praline Cheesecake

    A classic fall favorite -- cheesecake -- gets an autumn spin when the cream cheese-based filling is combined with pumpkin. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger taste delicious sprinkled on top.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   50 mins 
Cool  1 hr 45 mins 
Bake   45 mins  375°F 
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Chipotle Apple Pecan Cake

    This moist cake takes an old family favorite and amps it up with ground chipotle in both the cake and the caramel glaze topping.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake  1 hr 15 mins  325°F 
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Cream Caramel Cake

    Combine mocha syrup, coffee liqueur, and Irish cream to flavor the three cake layers. The same luscious flavors are then used for the frosting.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
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Pumpkin Pound Cake

    More rich and colorful than a typical pumpkin cake, and more flavorful than a pound cake, this recipe is perfect for your next fall get-together.

Makes: 14 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake  1 hr  350°F 
Cool   10 mins 
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Brandied Apple and Black Walnut Cake

    You can use either black walnuts or English walnuts in this delicious apple-spice cake.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   50 mins 
Bake   35 mins  350°F 
Stand   20 mins 
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