What are the best cakes to serve for dessert?

Pie and Thanksgiving go hand in hand. Just about every table this holiday season will have at least one pumpkin pie, more so if Aunt Betty didn’t get the email and made her special “Pumpkin Pie in the Sky” cake that no one can stomach. Apple and walnut will also be incredibly popular with the dessert crowd.

But believe it or not, it’s rumored that some people actually don’t like to eat a piece of cake. We know it, we don’t understand it either, but apparently it’s true.

That’s why many families offer other options besides the traditional cake options. We recently talked about the fact that cookies have started to become more and more popular around Thanksgiving because, well, cookies. And the word on the foodie grapevine is that you can add pastries to that list, too.

While the cake is mostly associated with birthdays, weddings, and special occasions, it can also fit right in with Thanksgiving. Mainly because it’s cake and if you meet someone who doesn’t like cake or cake, you need to find new friends.

What are the most popular pies to serve at Thanksgiving?

So what kind of cake should you make this Thanksgiving? I’m glad you asked. Because there are so many options to choose from and recipes to work with.

First, and most obvious, there are plenty of apple pies you can go with. From the simplicity of an apple pie pie or an apple spice pie to something more complex like a cranberry apple pie or an apple spice pecan pie, anything with apple will work well.

The same can be said of the pumpkin. It’s not just for cake anymore and can offer a nice change of pace at Thanksgiving. There are pumpkin layer cakes, pumpkin rolls, and even pumpkin swirl cheesecake.

Feel like thinking a little outside the box? You can go with a pineapple upside-down cake, a lemon-cranberry Meyer Bundt cake, or something extravagant like a Chocolate-Pecan Pavlova. Or you can go the other direction and keep it incredibly simple and make a classic coconut cake or even carrot cake.

The conclusion here? Unlike pie, where you traditionally have to stick to pumpkin and apple variations, with pie the sky’s the limit. As long as it’s a flavor that you and your guests enjoy, there’s a cake that will make everyone smile.

And really, that’s what Thanksgiving is all about.

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