18 Cozy Fall Cakes To Bake This Weekend

And then eat while wrapped in a blanket, watching Netflix.

October  4, 2018
Photo by Jenny Huang

I just checked your agenda for the weekend, and it's full of cake. Don't fight it! There's truly nothing cozier than a fall baking project.

Just imagine: you, in your favorite soft sweater, protected by an apron. Endless whisks to lick (someone's got to make sure the batter isn't poisoned!). Say you have to pop out to the corner shop to pick up a forgotten frosting ingredient—that warm, alluring wall of scent that'll hit you right when you walk back in your front door.

The only question is, which cake should you make?

If You're In the Mood to Spice Things Up

If You Think Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates

If You Think More Layers = More Fun

If You're In It for the Fruit

If You Have Less Than 2 Hours But Need. Cake. Right. Now.

What cake will you bake this weekend? (No cake is not an acceptable answer!) Let us know in the comments.

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Diana October 11, 2018
My go- to cake, which I make at least 1x a week, is a French yogurt cake. 2 eggs, 1c sugar, 1/2c oil or melted butter, 3-4 c whole milk yogurt. 1 1/2c flour, 2 t BP, 1/2 t salt. Vanilla plus whatever extra flavor you like. You know what to do- 350 degrees, 50 min, clean toothpick, etc. Almond flavor plus sliced blanched almonds on top. Throw in a whole lemon, whizzed up in the cuisinart, with a tart lemon glaze on top. Reserve 1/4 batter and throw in 1 T cocoa powder and 2 t corn syrup. Swirl onto white batter for marble cake. Use 2 T frozen orange juice concentrate in batter and orange glaze on top. Add 1/2 tsp cardamom to batter, pour into square pan. Cover w sliced pears and sprinkle w lemon juice and sugar/cardamom mix. Or apples. Or persimmons. You get the idea.
Sharon October 12, 2018
I’m sorry what is BP?
Diana October 12, 2018
Baking powder. Try this cake. I hope you’ll be as surprisingly pleased as I was when I first started playing around with it.
Ginger October 28, 2018
Sounds really good but is that supposed to be 3-4C. whole milk yogurt or is it supposed to be 3/4 C. (big difference) Also no baking soda? Often with things like sour cream they will have BP and soda.
Diana October 28, 2018
sorry for the typo, i did it on my phone it's 3/4C yogurt. i know about the baking soda but i do it with just the BP and it comes out fine if you experiment with maybe 1/2 tsp soda and 1 1/2 tsp BP let me know if you think it's better.
leonie S. October 8, 2018
Just a question with regard to the ricotta and pear cake - is almond paste the same as marzipan?
Sara K. October 11, 2018
Almond paste is about a 1:1 ratio of sugar to ground almonds. where marzipan has a higher sugar ratio - up to a 3:1 sugar to almonds, or 75% sugar.
Can I. October 6, 2018
The ultimate fall cake for me is Merrill Stubb's applesauce cake with caramel glaze. It's incredibly simple and delicious and irresistible. This is a dessert that makes guests ask for seconds.
Noreen F. October 4, 2018
When the weather gets cool, I start to crave gingerbread!
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Ella Q. October 5, 2018
Mm, yes! And gingersnap cookies.