30+ Fall Cake Recipe Ideas - Sally's Baking Addiction (2024)

Fall isn’t just for pies! These 30+ fall cake ideas feature all your favorite flavors of the season—from pumpkin cake and glazed apple Bundt cake to snickerdoodle cake and easy spice cake. Whether you prefer simple one-layer cakes or love to go all out with layered masterpieces, this list features delicious fall cake recipes for bakers of all skill levels.

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Favorite Fall Cake Recipe Ideas

The fall season is here, and for many of us that means: bring on the baking! While I love this time of year for baking endless Thanksgiving pies (I have a Sally’s Pie Week celebration every year!), fall baking has so much more to offer beyond the pie dish.

Below you’ll find 30+ fall cake ideas, with links to the cake recipes that readers enjoy most this time of year. My team and I put this list together, and include many different cake varieties like sheet cakes, layer cakes, breakfast cakes, and more!

Maybe the thought of decorating a cake sends you running for the hills, or you simply don’t have the time. I get it! This easy apple cake has quickly become a favorite. You can make it in a 9×13-inch baking pan, and it requires minimal (if any!) decorating.

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Or bust out your 9×5-inch loaf pan for marble loaf cake or carrot cake loaf. Easy to slice and serve!

Cake for breakfast? Let’s do it. This pumpkin coffee cake is wonderfully moist and absolutely packed with pumpkin spice flavors. Not a fan of pumpkin? Classic coffee cake will still give you all the fall feels, with its warm cinnamon and vanilla flavors.

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Make a Smaller 6-inch Cake

Did you know that almost any cupcake recipe that yields between 12 and 15 cupcakes converts perfectly to a 3-layer 6-inch cake? That’s almost all of my cupcake recipes. If you need a smaller cake for an intimate gathering—or even if you just want to practice with your cake baking and decorating tools—consider a 6-inch cake. My recipes for apple spice cupcakes and pumpkin cupcakes are two favorites this time of year. Follow these instructions for making 6-inch cakes.

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Question: What fall flavors do you most look forward to?

30+ Fall Cake Recipes

Fresh Apple Cake

Soft and tender with a stick-to-your-fork moist crumb and juicy apples in every bite, this easy apple cake is delicious plain, topped with buttery brown sugar glaze, or even a quick dusting of confectioners’ sugar.

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Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

This fall favorite combines a soft cinnamon-spiced cake with buttery caramelized apples. No fancy decoration required—the lovely garnish is literally baked into the cake!

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Giant Cinnamon Roll Cake

You’ll find yourself making this 7-ingredient giant cinnamon roll cake time and again. It’s fun to make and even more fun to eat—for bakers of all ages!

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Snickerdoodle Cake

This mouthwatering snickerdoodle cake is filled with buttery cinnamon swirls and topped with creamy brown sugar cinnamon buttercream frosting. Everyone always raves about this one!

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Glazed Apple Bundt Cake

This tender and moist homemade apple Bundt cake is packed with apples and smothered in a buttery brown sugar glaze. Just wait until you smell it baking!

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Burnt Sugar Caramel Cake

Burnt sugar caramel cake gets its flavor from burnt sugar syrup that is used in both the cake and frosting, creating a truly unique fall flavor. Every bite is soft, buttery, and pure bliss.

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

Everything you love about pumpkin cake plus a decadent cream cheese layer hiding inside. Simple to prepare and perfectly spiced, this fall cake always impresses a crowd.

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Chai Spiced Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake

This chai spiced cinnamon swirl Bundt cake is deliciously moist, soft, and buttery—and perfect for brunch, dessert, or with your afternoon cup of coffee!

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The Best Pumpkin Cake I’ve Ever Had

Having a go-to pumpkin cake recipe is just as important as having a classic pumpkin pie recipe. This one is supremely moist, soft, rich, and packed with pumpkin spice flavor.

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Upside Down Pear Gingerbread Cake

Gingerbread isn’t just for the holidays. This boldly spiced gingerbread cake with buttery brown sugar-soaked pears is a welcome addition to any fall dessert lineup!

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Pumpkin Bundt Cake

This is my go-to pumpkin Bundt cake recipe because it’s incredibly moist, perfectly spiced, and is delicious topped withsalted caramel or maple icing. Readers LOVE this one.

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Super Moist Spice Cake

My homemade spice cake is brimming with fall flavor, topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting, and incredibly simple to prepare in a basic 9×13-inch baking pan.

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The Best Banana Cake I’ve Ever Had

Boasting tons of banana, brown sugar, and cinnamon flavor, each piece of my best-ever banana cake is complemented with a smooth layer of cream cheese frosting.

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping

Simple and classic, this buttery sour cream coffee cake is an exceptional way to kick off any day. It has double—yes, double—the brown sugar cinnamon crumb streusel!

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Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping

A fall take on a classic coffee cake! A treat welcome at brunch or after dinner, this moist pumpkin crumb cake always gets rave reviews.

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Apple Crumb Cake

This is delicious New York-style crumb cake with warm cinnamon apples and double the buttery crumb topping in every bite. Grab a slice before it’s gone!

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Pumpkin Roll Recipe

This homemade pumpkin roll recipe yields a spiced pumpkin cake with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting inside. My recipe includes plenty of helpful success tips to ensure pumpkin roll perfection every time!

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Chocolate Marble Banana Bundt Cake

This recipe is based off of my popular banana sheet cake. Here we’re baking it in a Bundt pan and swirling it with real chocolate ganache so each bite has a delicious fudge-like ripple!

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Triple Chocolate Cake (Popular Recipe!)

My classic chocolate cake is an obvious reader favorite, with its soft crumb, deep chocolate flavor, and decadent chocolate buttercream to finish. It can be made as a sheet cake, too.

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Carrot Cake Loaf (Quick Bread)

I took my favorite carrot cake recipe and turned it into an easier-to-assemble—but equally delicious—carrot cake loaf. It’s dense, yet ultra soft, and topped with a tangy cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

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Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake

Grab a slice of this deliciously flavorful cranberry orange Bundt cake and be treated to bright pops of cranberry and a sweet cinnamon swirl in every bite.

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Tiramisu Crepe Cake

Though it looks and sounds fancy, tiramisu crepe cake is actually no-bake and perfect for making ahead of time. Just wait until you slice into those endless layers of crepes and creamy tiramisu mascarpone filling!

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Marble Loaf Cake

Enjoy 2 cakes in 1 with this buttery rich marble loaf cake. Baking a cake in a loaf pan means easy prep, and the easy 2-ingredient ganache topping makes for minimal decorating. Win!

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Espresso Chocolate Chip Cake

Have your coffee—and eat it, too! Espresso chocolate chip cake is flavored with espresso powder, strong coffee, and chocolate chips, then topped with a creamy espresso coffee buttercream.

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Chocolate Cake Roll

This chocolate cake roll combines light chocolate sponge cake with sweet vanilla whipped cream and chocolate ganache. Rich and totally irresistible, this dessert is for chocolate lovers everywhere.

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Pumpkin Cake Cheesecake

When pumpkin cake and cheesecake combine forces, we havepumpkin cake cheesecake! Each forkful of this 2-in-1 dessert delivers both creamy cheesecake AND perfectly spiced pumpkin cake.

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Chai Latte Cupcakes

Welcome to fall in a cupcake—or as a 6-inch cake! These chai latte cupcakesfeature warm chai spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger, packed into soft and fluffy cupcakes.

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Banana Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

My banana cupcakes are dense, yet still supremely moist and soft, and are always a crowd-pleasing treat. Seal the deal on these cupcakes or 6-inch cake with smooth cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

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Apple Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

Whether you use the batter for cupcakes or a 6-inch cake, a smooth salted caramel frosting and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce serve as the perfect topping for this apple-dotted treat.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

My pumpkin cupcakes are soft, spiced, and the sweetest little treat topped with cream cheese frosting and a candy pumpkin garnish. Pumpkin fans with a fall birthday would absolutely love these as a 6-inch cake!

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Fall Cake Recipe: Cranberry Apple Upside Down Cake

And I have one more for you! A beautiful addition to your fall spread, this simple cranberry apple upside-down cake is full of bright flavors. Inspired by my pineapple upside down cake recipe, this version is complete with a buttery brown sugar glaze, tart cranberries, sweet apples, and a moist cinnamon spice cake. It’s like my apple upside down cake, but with a little extra pizazz!

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The topping is baked right into the cake. No stacking, assembling, or fancy decorating required. Simply invert the cake from your 9-inch pie dish onto a cake stand or serving platter, and watch each slice magically disappear. Delicious!

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Cranberry Apple Upside Down Cake

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  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 8-10
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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A beautiful addition to your fall spread, this simple cranberry apple upside down cake is full of flavor, featuring a brown sugar-butter glaze, tart cranberries, sweet apples, and an extra moist spice cake.

Ingredients

Topping

  • 6 Tablespoons (85g)unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (1/4-inch-thick slices)*
  • 1 heaping cup (130g) fresh or frozen cranberries

Cake

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (188g) all-purpose flour ()
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp; 113g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 Tablespoons (90ml) whole milk, at room temperature*

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
  2. Prepare topping first:Combine butter and brown sugar together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk occasionally until butter has melted. Cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute as mixture thickens. Remove from heat and whisk in the cinnamon and vanilla extract. Pour into an ungreased 9-inch pie dish or round cake pan. (Make sure the pan is 2 inches deep. I recommend this pie dish, which is 1.8 inches deep but I never have an overflow issue.) Arrange the apple slices neatly on top, overlapping where necessary, and place the cranberries in the center and anywhere there’s space. See photo above. Place pan in the refrigerator for a few minutes as you prepare the cake batter. This helps solidify or “set” the topping’s arrangement.
  3. Make the cake batter:Whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt together. Set aside.
  4. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Add both sugars and beat on high speed until creamed together, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. On high speed, beat in the eggs and vanilla extract until combined. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Turn the mixer to low speed and as the mixer runs, slowly pour in the milk. Beat on low speed just until all of the ingredients are combined. Do not over-mix. You may need to whisk it all by hand to make sure there are no lumps at the bottom of the bowl. The batter will be slightly thick.
  5. Remove topping from the refrigerator. Pour and spread cake batter evenly over topping.
  6. Bake for 40–46 minutes, tenting foil on top of the cake halfway through bake time to prevent the top from over-browning before the center has a chance to fully cook. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out mostly clean—a couple moist crumbs are OK. Don’t be alarmed if your cake takes longer or if the cake rises up and sticks to the foil. (We serve the cake upside down anyway!)
  7. Remove cake from the oven and cool on a wire rack for just 15 minutes. Invert the slightly cooled cake onto a cake stand or serving plate. Some of the juices from the topping will seep over the sides—that’s ok. You can slice and serve the cake warm, but the slices will be messy. I find it’s best to cool the cake completely at room temperature before slicing and serving. Do not refrigerate the cake to speed up the cooling process because it could end up tasting overly dense.
  8. Cover leftover slices and store for up to 3 days in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer. Thaw at room temperature. I don’t recommend freezing the cake as a whole because the topping arrangement doesn’t thaw very nicely. See make-ahead instructions below.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: You can refrigerate the topping in step 2 for up to 1 day. If refrigerating for longer than 1 hour, cover it tightly. Other than that, this isn’t the best cake to make ahead of time or freeze because the topping will settle down into the cake—while still tasty, the presentation won’t be as pleasing. You can, however, prepare the cake batter’s wet ingredients (cover and refrigerate) and dry ingredients (cover at room temperature) separately up to 1 day ahead of time, then continue with the recipe the next day. Let the wet ingredients come to room temperature before mixing.
  2. Special Tools (affiliate links): Saucepan | Whisk |9-inch Pie Dish | Glass Mixing Bowl | Electric Mixer (Handheld or Stand) | Cooling Rack
  3. Apples: Use your favorite variety of apple. I typically use Granny Smith, Fuji, or Honeycrisp. Here’s more on the best apples to use for baking.
  4. Milk: Whole milk is best, but you can use lower fat or nondairy milk if needed.
  5. Why is everything at room temperature? All refrigerated items should be at room temperature so the batter mixes together easily and evenly. Read more about the importance of room temperature ingredients.
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