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Shake Up Thanksgiving With These 6 Desserts

Who says pumpkin pie has to be the only gold medalist on your Thanksgiving dessert table? We’ve put together our favorite seasonal-yet-surprising desserts that celebrate the flavors of fall (and make a great case for trying something different). Let’s get to know the new Thanksgiving dessert contenders — and then get busy baking.

chocolate pear cake with slice cut out

1. Gingerbread Pear Upside-down Skillet Cake 

A spicy and sweet dessert that turns seasonal gingerbread into a show-stopping upside-down cake studded with fresh, ripe pears.

Slices of apple tart on multiple plates

2. Apple Tarte Tatin 

Don’t be intimidated by this classic French dish — all it takes is a little time and patience. Plus, the payoff is huge: a deeply bronzed layer of apples and a buttery, golden tart feel perfectly made for the holiday.

Baked Stuffed Apples

3. Baked Stuffed Apples 

A campfire favorite that’s just as good in the oven. Baked and stuffed apples are the truest celebration of everyone’s favorite fall fruit. Delicious and healthy on their lonesome, they also make a great vehicle for ice cream (in the off-chance you need convincing).

Spiced Carrot Cake

4. Spiced Carrot Cake

Spicy and sweet, we think it counts towards eating your daily vegetables. An anything-but-ordinary take on the classic will be welcome beside more traditional Thanksgiving fare.

cake on marble cake stand with slice cut out

5. Chocolate Cake With Ganache

Meet chocolate cake in its truest — and easiest — form. If you’re short on time (or feeling creative) swap the ganache for a dusting of powdered sugar, or add a dash of cayenne to your ganache for some sweet heat.

Sweet Potato Cake With Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting

6. Sweet Potato Cake with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting

A nightcap in every bite. This moist cake is packed with bourbon-soaked raisins and sweet potato for a kicky-yet-mellow fall flavor. A rich, spiked frosting makes this a delicious end to a daylong feast.