You'll Adore These Seasonal Fall Cake Recipes

Applelicious Sheet Cake
Photo: Andy Lyons

We love all of these pretty fall cake recipes. Each will perk up your dinner table this autumn, thanks to in-season ingredients and spices. As the weather cools, warm things up with a fall-themed cake featuring pumpkin, apple, caramel, or chocolate. Whether you whip up these fall cake ideas for a dinner party, book club, or even Thanksgiving menu, they'll be the perfect addition to your seasonal recipe lineup.

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Sheet-Pan Shortcake with Mascarpone Cream and Pears

Sheet-Pan Shortcake Mascarpone Cream Pears
Blaine Moats

Most every home cook knows, and likely loves, a good sheet-pan dinner. Keep that easy-to-clean pan handy for this fall cake idea. It's the perfect vessel to allow for ample decorating space atop the tender buttermilk batter. Oh yes, about that decoration: It's an irresistible combo of cloud-like mascarpone cream, cardamom-honey pears, and sweet-tart pomegranate seeds.

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Caramel Apple Poke Cake

Caramel Apple Poke Cake
Blaine Moats

Here's a fall cake recipe that can be baked to perfection in a loaf pan. With apple pieces, apple butter, and plenty of vanilla infusing the batter, a luscious dulce de leche stream running through the center, plus a fluffy homemade frosting crowing it all, you won't feel like you're missing a thing.

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Apple Sheet Cake

Applelicious Sheet Cake
Andy Lyons

Showcasing fresh apples, dried apples, and apple butter all in one masterpiece, this fall sheet cake is loaded with sweet harvest goodness. It's the perfect vehicle to put your autumn apple haul to use. To stick with the seasonal theme, finish the treat with apple slices, a dash of cinnamon, and a generous shower of maple syrup-infused frosting.

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Sweet Potato-Chocolate Pound Cake

Sweet Potato-Chocolate Pound Cake
Carson Downing

Sweet potato casseroles, fries, and soups are a sure sign of the transition from summer to fall. Allow us to add this easy, fabulous fall cake recipe to your list of must-make spud dishes. Bittersweet chocolate complements the sweet potatoes beautifully, while sour cream makes each crumb remarkably moist. If you, too, crave all things sweet-and-salty, don't skip the flaky sea salt on top.

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Hazelnut Truffle Cake

Hazelnut Truffle Cake
Jason Donnelly

Savor triple the nutty flavor in this fall cake recipe. Hazelnut liqueur, chocolate-hazelnut spread, and finely ground hazelnuts find a home in this showy fall birthday cake recipe. Top with an easy whipped cream frosting, a hazelnut-chocolate drizzle, and extra nuts for a photo-worthy finish.

Buy It: Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter($8, Target)

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Pumpkin Cake Roll

Pumpkin Cake Roll
Jason Donnelly

Celebrate the season with a fall-themed cake that's sure to impress. One BH&G reader says, "I made this for the first time ever last week and it was all gone by the very next day! This recipe is soooo easy and it tastes amazing!" While the cake roll looks elegant, it's surprisingly easy to pull together; we'll talk you through every step of the way.

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Caramel Spice Cake

Caramel Spice Cake

You'll feel like you're ready for a food TV show after you plate this drippy, decadent caramel dessert. Pumpkin pie spice, toasted pecans, a simple DIY cream cheese frosting, and a generous dose of caramel ice cream topping load this dessert with all the best fall cake flavors.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Mascarpone Cream Filling

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Mascarpone Cream Filling
Jason Donnelly

This may not technically count as an official fall "cake" recipe since they're mini. But thanks to how much flavor is packed into every crumb, we think these cupcakes are worthy of a shout-out. The canned pumpkin cupcakes get even better once they're dressed up with a double dose of spiced mascarpone frosting (stuffed in the center and slathered on top).

Buy It: Made By Design Cupcake Carrier ($18, Target)

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Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake with Sugared Pepitas

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake with Sugared Pepitas
Scott Little

Come holidays (or any days, really) we're wild about this silky fall-color cake. It offers the best of pumpkin pie and cake all at once. Plus this pumpkin cheesecake is loaded with fall spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, then topped with sugared pumpkin seeds. We'll take a slice … or two.

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Caramelized Pear Skillet Cake

Caramelized Pear Skillet Cake
Carson Downing

If you're seeking fall cake decorating ideas that feel more grown-up than frosting and sprinkles, might we recommend a boozy and over-the-top tasty bourbon sauce? That's exactly what you see dripping down the edges of this pretty pear cake. Cook the nicely-spiced batter over halved pears nestled into said sauce, then flip it onto a serving platter to reveal the ooey-gooey treat—all set to slice and serve.

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Pumpkin Angel Food Cake

Pumpkin Angel Food Cake
Matthew Clark

This light-as-air pumpkin angel food cake will satisfy any sweet tooth. Full of canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, this semi-homemade fall cake idea definitely takes box cake mix to the next level.

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Hazelnut-Pear Torte

Hazelnut-Pear Torte with Dulce de Leche Filling
Kritsada Panichgul

Gorgeous layers of hazelnut cake, dulce de leche filling, and sliced fresh pears come together to make a stunning dessert packed with warm autumn flavors. The pretty fall cake serves 12, making it the perfect sweet for a dinner party or get-together. In case you need a little more convincing to give this torte a try, one BH&G home baker raves, "Killer delicious. Show-stopping and everyone loved it!"

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Dulce de Leche Cake

Dulce de Leche Cake
Andy Lyons

If you need fall cake decorations inspiration, check out the ooey-gooey caramel drizzle and whipped cream frosting topping this moist cake. The showy swirls are almost as craveable as the dressed-up citrus-spiked cake hiding underneath. Add a few sprinkles of fresh orange peel to the fall cake for a hint of unexpected brightness.

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Graham Cracker Cake

Graham Cracker Cake
Jason Donnelly

Graham crackers are good in s'mores desserts, sure. But they're great in a fall birthday cake recipe that's moist, nostalgic, and stuffed with cream filling! Top with a simple seven-minute brown sugar frosting for the perfect treat both adults and kids will fall for.

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Gingerbread Cake Roll

Gingerbread Cake Roll
Jason Donnelly

Although you might hear of "gingerbread" and think "Christmas," we've given the cookie flavor an autumnal makeover with maple and nutty notes. Layer slightly-spiced gingerbread with a mildly-sweet almond pastry cream. Then after tucking those together into one fantastic fall cake roll, drizzle it all with a simple maple glaze and sprinkle on almonds for an extra layer of sweet and seasonal flavor.

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Molasses Spice Cake

Molasses Spice Cake
Con Poulos

Think of this lovely layered creation like a gingersnap cookie in tender, supersized, fruit-topped cake fashion. It's proof that fall cake flavors don't have to be limited to apples and cinnamon. Instead, top off a molasses spice cake with blueberries (frozen will work wonderfully) and lemon zest.

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Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake

Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake
Blaine Moats

If you're not a frosting fan, we still have plenty of pretty fall cake ideas for you. No frosting is needed for this fruity fall cake. This cake essentially decorates itself—simply invert the impressive cast-iron dessert to reveal the stunning fall colors of caramel, apples, and cranberries.

Buy It: Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet ($25, Target)

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Chocolaty Harvest Fruit-Topped Cake

Chocolaty Harvest Fruit-Topped Cake
Andy Lyons

Brimming with warm spices and seasonal produce like pumpkin and apple, this flavorful fall-themed cake is ideal for cool weather. Bonus: Slices of fruit and caramel on top make a wowing finish.

Test Kitchen Tip: If you're lucky enough to have extra harvest fruit topping, try it on top of pancakes, waffles, or a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast the next morning.

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Triple-Chocolate Mocha Cake

Triple-Chocolate Mocha Cake
Jason Donnelly

You can't go wrong with an easy fall cake recipe that features the chocolate trifecta: white, milk, and dark. But don't forget the most important part of this beautiful bundt cake! Strong coffee makes the tasty treat as buzzy as your favorite to-go beverage.

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White Chocolate Layer Cake with Cranberry Filling

White Chocolate Layer Cake with Cranberry Filling
Blaine Moats

Sure, this might look like a standard white layer cake, but just wait until you slice inside to reveal the lovely ruby-hued filling. Rich white chocolate is just the right match for tart cranberries in this fall cake masterpiece. Other seasonal flavors like cinnamon, cloves, and ginger create a sweet-and-spicy bite.

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Apple Cake with Buttery Caramel Sauce

Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce
Peter Krumhardt

Looking for a new family favorite? Drizzle buttery caramel sauce over a classic fall cake made with cinnamon, walnuts, and apples. It's like everything you love about caramel apples and cake mashed-up into one cozy dessert.

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Marbleous Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cake with Salted Caramel Glaze

Marbleous Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cake with Salted Caramel Glaze
Andy Lyons

While this might look like a classic marble cake, it's actually hiding a candy-inspired surprise. Just like those beloved peanut butter cups, the cake is swirled with equal parts chocolate and peanut butter batter. A salted caramel glaze takes this decadent fall cake recipe over the top.

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Dark Cocoa Buttermilk Cake with Cocoa Mascarpone Frosting

Dark Cocoa Buttermilk Cake with Cocoa Mascarpone Frosting
Karla Conrad

We're depending on the recipe name to hook you on this fall cake idea. Just consider: A dark, rich cocoa cake underneath a creamy chocolate-tinged mascarpone alongside a warm cup of joe. Your chilly fall evening just got better, didn't it?

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Ginger Carrot Cake

Ginger Carrot Cake
Con Poulos

Freshly grated ginger adds a delightful twist to this beloved moist and fluffy carrot cake recipe. Bonus: This isn't just a fall cake recipe—the well-balanced blend of flavors and the sturdiness of carrots makes the classic dessert perfect for any season. (We highly recommend tossing in a handful of toasted walnuts, especially when you're craving something a little heartier as the temperatures dip.)

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