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2023 Best Fall Cakes & Desserts

APPLE, PUMPKIN SPICE, & EVERYTHING NICE

Duff Goldman’s Pumpkin Spice Cake
Duff Goldman’s Pumpkin Spice Cake

There’s something about the arrival of crisp autumn air that puts us in the mood for dessert. Perhaps it’s the anticipation of Thanksgiving and its traditional autumn-spiced desserts. For many of us, it certainly seems as if you haven’t truly embraced the fall season if you haven’t indulged in at least one slice of pumpkin or apple pie, apple spice cake, or other seasonal fall desserts.

What Are The Best Flavors For Fall Cakes?

When fall rolls around, we start to crave certain flavors in our desserts, namely a combination of warming spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, cardamom, and allspice: a combination that’s come to be known as pumpkin spice or apple spice. While this spice mix is ideal for cakes and pies, there are plenty of cake flavors that are also perfect for fall baking, including:

  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Apple Spice
  • Crumb Cake
  • Sweet Potato Cake
  • Sour Cream Coffee Cake
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Gingerbread Cake
  • Pumpkin Maple Cake
  • German Chocolate Cake
  • Cranberry Orange Cake

Best Fall Cakes & Desserts

Maple Pumpkin Pie with Pumpkin Streusel

Michele’s Pies’ Maple Pumpkin Pie With Pecan Streusel

Every pie at Michele’s Pies is made by hand at Michele Stuart’s eponymous gourmet pie shop in Norwalk, Connecticut. Since opening in 2007, Michele’s Pies has won 33 National Pie Championship awards for her legendary pies. This Maple Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel is made with fresh pumpkin puree and Vermont maple syrup, topped with a generous layer of pecans dusted with brown sugar and cinnamon.

Duff Goldman’s Pumpkin Spice Cake

From Food Network’s Ace Of Cakes himself, Duff Goldman’s Pumpkin Spice Cake is four layers of spiced cake (made with real pumpkin puree), with vanilla cream cheese frosting between each layer and surrounding the cake. It’s decorated with frosting pumpkins on the top and a pumpkin crumb layer on the side!

Duff Goldman’s Pumpkin Spice Cake
Junior’s Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Junior’s Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Brooklyn’s Junior’s Deli is perhaps New York City’s most well-known purveyor of cheesecakes, and has been since its founding back in the 1950s. They’re turning out a truly jaw-dropping array of cheesecake flavors, and this Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake is perfect for autumn: It starts with a graham cracker crust that’s been flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg, atop that is a layer of pumpkin pie filling, then a layer of their signature original cheesecake, and finally a layer of pumpkin mousse on top.

The Elegant Farmer’s Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag

The Elegant Farmer was founded in 1946 as a small, family-run Wisconsin dairy farm, and today it’s renowned as one of the Midwest’s most beloved markets and bakeries, most famous for its signature Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag®. It’s stuffed with mounds and mounds of perfectly steamed, incredibly juicy Ida Red apples, and being baked in a paper bag makes the top crust uniquely crunchy and sugar cookie-like while keeping the traditional bottom crust amazingly light and flaky.

The Elegant Farmer’s Apple Pie
Nikki J’s Cakes’ Sweet Potato Thang

Nikki J’s Cakes’ Sweet Potato Thang

It’s not a sweet potato pie… It’s Nikki J’s Sweet Potato Thang! Velvety sweet potato filling and graham cracker crust, plus a silky texture with just a hint of pure vanilla turns this into a dessert that is bound to become a family favorite.

O and H Danish Bakery’s Apple Kringle

O&H Danish Bakery was started by Danish immigrant Christian Olesen in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1949, and it’s still going strong, today run by the fourth generation. The bakery is most famous for its kringle, a traditional ring-shaped filled Danish pastry. Their classic Apple Kringle fills this traditional flaky, buttery pastry with apples, and it’s sprinkled lightly with cinnamon and a fabulous spiced sauce.

O and H Danish Bakery’s Apple Kringle
Caroline’s Cakes’ 7-Layer Pumpkin Cake

Caroline’s Cakes’ 7-Layer Pumpkin Cake

When Caroline Ragsdale Reutter served a Southern style 7-layer caramel cake made from an old family recipe at her son’s christening in 1982, little did she know she would soon find herself taking cake orders from as far away as Alaska. Her famous 7-Layer Pumpkin Cake has seven luscious layers of super moist pumpkin cake, lavishly slathered and filled with a specially blended spice-infused buttercream.

Eilenberger’s Bakery’s Chocolate Covered Praline Pecan Pie

EIlenberger’s Bakery was founded in Palestine, Texas, way back in 1898, and it remains family-run, with its famed pies and (actually delicious) fruitcakes made with only the highest-quality ingredients according to recipes that haven’t changed in generations. To make their signature Chocolate Covered Praline Pecan Pie, fresh Texas pecan pieces are folded into praline filling made from honey and fresh-cooked caramel, then it’s gently poured into a delicate, hand baked buttery pie crust. It is topped with a layer of rich, dark Eilenberger’s chocolate.

Eilenberger’s Bakery’s Chocolate Covered Praline Pecan Pie
Nye’s Cream Sandwiches’ Fall Ice Cream Sandwiches

Nye’s Cream Sandwiches’ Fall Ice Cream Sandwiches

Since 2010, chef Christian Nye has been pairing artisan ice cream and handmade cookies to create whimsical, elevated ice cream sandwiches in Wilmington, North Carolina. Special for autumn, he’s created some brilliant ways to keep eating ice cream sandwiches straight through to winter, in flavors including Caramel Latte, Pumpkin Cranberry Spice, Blackberry Cobbler, and Caramel Apple Pie a la Mode.

We Take The Cake’s Autumn Pumpkin Maple Cake

The team at We Take The Cake takes pride in mixing the batters and frosting from scratch, using whole milk, fresh eggs and real butter, never a cake mix or commercially made frostings. Their famous Autumn Pumpkin Maple Cake features made-from-scratch pumpkin cake, made with ingredients including real pumpkin puree, allspice, and cinnamon. Between those cake layers, you’ll find a warm and buttery maple cinnamon-flavored cream cheese filling. The outer cream cheese frosting shell presents an elegant design of hand-pipped buttercream frosting orange pumpkins and dark green ivy and vines.

We Take The Cake’s Autumn Pumpkin Maple Cake
The Village Bakery’s Mountain Apple Stack Cake

The Village Bakery’s Mountain Apple Stack Cake

An Appalachia tradition, the mountain apple stack cake features layers of moist cake and spiced apple filling and has been traditionally served at weddings going back generations. Using an old family recipe, the Village Bakery uses 100% Tennessee green apples from orchards located only a few miles from the Smoky Mountains. They hand peel, slice, and cook the apples down into apple butter, spicing them with traditional Appalachian spices before spreading them between the numerous layers of moist cake. The end result is wildly delicious.

Cape Whoopies’ Fall Whoopie Pies

Founded by Marcia Wiggins in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in 2012, Cape Whoopies is making fresh-baked Maine whoopie pies in a range of flavors, and this Fall Whoopie Pie Collection comes in a host of fall flavors including Pumpkin cake With cream cheese cream, Granny Smith apple spiced cake With caramel cream, Chocolate cake with salted caramel cream, and vanilla cake with maple cream.

Cape Whoopies’ Fall Whoopie Pies
Savannah Candy Kitchen’s Praline Layer Cake

Savannah Candy Kitchen’s Praline Layer Cake

Over 30 years ago, Stan Strickland opened Savannah’s Candy Kitchen on River Street, and today it’s one of Savannah’s best cake and candy shops, and a must-visit tourist attraction. This three-layer Praline Cake has crumbled pecan pralines in the batter, and it’s topped with their secret recipe pecan praline frosting.

Southern Girl Desserts’ Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Southern Girl Desserts was founded in 2007 by Catarah Coleman and Shoneji Robison, who were both born and raised in Florida and teamed up to bring some Southern savvy to Los Angeles. Their nostalgic desserts are based on time-honored Southern recipes baked up by their grandmothers, and they’re made with only real, wholesome ingredients. This sweet potato pound cake is massive and loaded with moist sweet potato as well as warm spices including cinnamon and nutmeg, and it’s topped with creamy cream cheese frosting.

Southern Girl Desserts’ Sweet Potato Pound Cake

Fall just might be the best time of year to indulge in a decadent dessert, and the best fall desserts around are shipping straight to your door on Goldbelly, no matter where you live!