Thanksgiving is practically synonymous with pie. Pumpkin, apple, or pecan pie, it may be traditional to have a slice after Thanksgiving dinner. But pie isn't the only way to end your meal. Sometimes change is good and our REALTORS® encourage you to think outside the pie pan and try something new. We've rounded up six Thanksgiving desserts that are well worth saving some extra room for.
- Pumpkin Layer Cake
A fluffy Pumpkin Layer Cake would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving spread. The pumpkin flavor comes from pureed pumpkin and a blend of beautiful spices: ground ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Adding lots of eggs to the batter gives it the custardy flavor and texture of pumpkin pie. It's classic to pair this layer cake with tangy cream cheese buttercream frosting. Making this soft, moist, and delicious pumpkin layer cake is relatively straightforward and takes about 1 hour to bake and frost.
- Rich and Creamy Pumpkin Tiramisu
Rethink the regular pumpkin pie and take your guests by surprise with Pumpkin Tiramisu. Tiramisu is a classic no-bake Italian favorite but you can add a twist to it with pumpkin. Pumpkin tiramisu combines layers of coffee-dipped ladyfingers and silky pumpkin mousse. Expect a good amount of prep work with this dessert. It needs at least 5 hours to soak up the coffee and pumpkin flavors. To save your time on Thanksgiving Day, you can make this dessert one day ahead and store it in the fridge.
- Cranberry Trifle
Trifles are classic English desserts containing layers of cake, custard, and fruit. With a blend of cranberry and orange flavors, the Cranberry Trifle is gorgeous and will look beautiful on your dessert sideboard. With layers of sweet-tart cranberry sauce, custard, cranberries, white cake, whipped cream, and orange pastry cream, this holiday trifle is a celebration of contrasting textures and flavors. A trifle is easy to put together and can be made in advance or on Thanksgiving Day. Either way, you'll want to refrigerate the trifle for at least 3 hours to allow the cake layers to soak up all the flavors.
- Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Caramel Apple Cupcakes are the perfect mix of two fall-favorite treats. Spices cupcakes are filled with fresh, shredded apples and then topped with a thick and creamy layer of caramel icing. Comforting flavors like cinnamon and nutmeg dot each bite with the right amount of fall spice. The small and tender pieces of apples pack a lot of flavors and add tons of moisture. The luscious, satiny caramel frosting and caramel sauce provide the perfect balance of salty and sweet. These cupcakes are easy to make and take about 1 hour 15 minutes. Take them to your Thanksgiving gathering or serve them to your guests and see how quickly they disappear.
- Pumpkin Crème Brulee
Rich and inviting Pumpkin Crème Brulee will be a delicious and impressive dessert to make for a special meal. It's surprisingly easy to make and requires minimal ingredients. You're sure to get rave reviews from everyone as they snap through that crunchy caramel cap and swoon over the cool, creamy richness of the custard below. One great thing about this dessert option is that you can prepare it up two days before the gathering and finish the sugar torching before you serve.
- Pecan Pie Brownies
Topping fudgy and rich chocolate brownies with a sweet layer of pecan pie filling creates a truly decadent affair for pecan pie lovers and chocolate lovers alike. To ensure layers stay distinct when you make Pecan Pie Brownies, a sheet of chocolatey brownies is baked first and then the pecan filling is layered over it and baked again. This would take about 55 minutes to complete. The brownies would be good served with another non-pie option like vanilla ice cream.
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