12 Make-Ahead Cakes for Thanksgiving Dessert
On Thanksgiving Day, the kitchen can be quite a busy place. These cake recipes are perfect to prepare before Thanksgiving to free up some oven space for the turkey and sweet potato casserole. Some cakes, like cheesecakes, that have to be chilled for an extended period are best when prepared early so they can set before being served. If a cake recipe requires an icing or topping, we recommend waiting until just before serving to add the final touches and garnishes. The hardest part about making these delicious cakes ahead of time will be keeping guests out of the dessert until after Thanksgiving dinner has been served.
Butter Toffee-Pecan Layer Cake
Recipe: Butter Toffee-Pecan Layer Cake
This buttery vanilla cake can be kept at room temperature for three to five days.
Marbled Pecan Pound Cake
Recipe: Marbled Pecan Pound Cake
Pairs well with a post-dinner cup of coffee.
Cherry-Spice Cake Trifle
Recipe: Cherry-Spice Cake Trifle
You can bake, then freeze the cake up to three weeks before Thanksgiving. Thaw it in the refrigerator on Thanksgiving Eve so all you have to do on the big day is assemble the layers. .
Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake
This cheesecake can be chilled in the refrigerator for up to two days before serving.
Recipe: Cinderella Cheesecake
Preparing one to two days ahead of time will allow enough time for this decadent dessert to be chilled 8 to 12 hours before serving.
Sweet Potato Pound Cake
Recipe: Sweet Potato Pound Cake
Since you will probably already have sweet potatoes on hand, cook the night before serving to ensure that your cake has plenty of time to cool before it is served.
Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake
Recipe: Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake
You can reserve the buttermilk glaze until right before serving for a fresher taste.
Brown Sugar-Bourbon Bundt
Recipe: Pumpkin-Pecan Cheesecake
Pumpkin and pecan come together to create a quintessential cheesecake that belongs on your Thanksgiving menu.
Decadent Chocolate-Espresso Cheesecake
Recipe: Decadent Chocolate-Espresso Cheesecake
After baking, chill this rich cheesecake for up to two days before adding the topping to serve.
White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake
Recipe: White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake
Make the topping and cheesecake ahead of time, but wait to add the topping until just before serving.
Cranberry Cheesecake with Cranberry-Orange Sauce
Recipe: Cranberry Cheesecake with Cranberry-Orange Sauce
Garnish with mint leaves and sugar-dusted cranberries just before serving.