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30 Fall Birthday Cakes You’ll Love

Celebrate your special day and the season with these fall birthday cake ideas. We have tasty recipes featuring pumpkin, apple, cozy spices and more.

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Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar FrostingTaste of Home

Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

I am a healthy eater most of the time, but this apple spice cake is worth the splurge! Every year, I treasure the opportunity to make my own birthday cake, and I choose this. You can add a cup of raisins to the batter before baking if you'd like. Jennifer Owen, Louisville, Kentucky

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Three-Layer Chocolate Ganache CakeTaste of Home

Three-Layer Chocolate Ganache Cake

This decadent triple-layer beauty is pure chocolate indulgence. The cake layers can be frozen prior to final assembly; in fact, they're easier to work with when frozen. Kathleen Smith, Overland, Missouri

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Pumpkin Cake with Whipped Cinnamon FrostingTaste of Home

Pumpkin Cake with Whipped Cinnamon Frosting

My mom made this for me, and one bite can completely take me back to my childhood. You can easily convert it into a great carrot cake recipe: just use grated carrots in place of pumpkin and add raisins. Melissa Pelkey Hass, Waleska, Georgia

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Black Walnut Layer CakeTaste of Home

Black Walnut Layer Cake

My sister gave me the recipe for this beautiful cake years ago. The thin layer of frosting spread on the outside gives it a chic modern look. Lynn Glaze, Warren, Ohio

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Cranberry-Almond Pound CakeTaste of Home

Cranberry-Almond Pound Cake

When you want an extra-special dessert for the holidays, its hard to beat a seasonal homemade cake. I like to drizzle mine with a simple but elegant glaze flavored with amaretto. Jackie Howell, Tucson, Arizona

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Butter Pecan Layer CakeTaste of Home

Butter Pecan Layer Cake

Pecans and butter give this cake the same irresistible flavor as the popular butter pecan ice cream flavor. Becky Miller, Tallahassee, Florida

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Peanut Butter Bundt CakeTaste of Home

Peanut Butter Bundt Cake

This peanut butter bundt cake with frosting is heavenly to me. I use smooth peanut butter, but crunchy would work, too. Karen Holt, Rock Hill, South Carolina

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Chocolate Spice Layer Cake with Caramel IcingTaste of Home

Chocolate Spice Layer Cake with Caramel Icing

Mariann James of Ferguson, Missouri created a sweet and salty favorite with her original recipe for chocolate spice cake with caramel icing. The spicy chocolate cinnamon cane sugar was a perfect addition to her unique cake. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Special-Occasion Chocolate CakeTaste of Home

Special-Occasion Chocolate Cake

This cake won Grand Champion at the 2000 Alaska State Fair, and you will see why once you taste it. This decadent chocolate cake boasts a luscious ganache filling and fudge buttercream frosting. Cindi DeClue, Anchorage, Alaska

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Best Vanilla CakeTaste of Home

Best Vanilla Cake

There's a reason this vanilla cake recipe is the best. Adding creamy vanilla bean paste into the moist, rich cake batter creates a power-packed vanilla flavor that can't be bought in stores. Try spreading vanilla buttercream frosting on top to finish it off. Margaret Knoebel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Double Butterscotch Coconut CakeTaste of Home

Double Butterscotch Coconut Cake

I got this recipe for coconut cake from a co-worker years ago, then I changed it up a bit by adding a family favorite: butterscotch. It's super easy to throw together and it makes a perfect accompaniment to coffee or tea. Marina Castle Kelley, Canyon Country, California

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Maple Walnut CakeTaste of Home

Maple Walnut Cake

This maple-flavored cake with candied walnuts honors my grandpa, who made maple syrup. Lori Fee, Middlesex, New York

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Pumpkin Pie CakeTaste of Home

Pumpkin Pie Cake

No one will guess this showstopper dessert with luscious cinnamon frosting starts with a mix! It's a year-round favorite. Linda Murray, Allenstown, New Hampshire

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Sparkling Cider Pound CakeTaste of Home

Sparkling Cider Pound Cake

This pound cake is incredible and completely reminds me of fall with every bite. Using sparkling apple cider in the batter and the glaze gives it a delicious and unique flavor. I love everything about it! Nikki Barton, Providence, Utah

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Double Chocolate Espresso Pound CakeTaste of Home

Double Chocolate Espresso Pound Cake

Two of my biggest loves in lifechocolate and coffeecome together in this velvety pound cake. Grate some extra chocolate on top and thank me later. Rachel Bernhard Seis, Taste of Home Senior Editor

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Contest-Winning Chocolate Potato CakeTaste of Home

Contest-Winning Chocolate Potato Cake

I won grand champion honors in a potato festival baking contest with this moist chocolate cake. The icing recipe can be doubled for real sweet tooths. A great-grandma, I've spent over 85 years on the farm.

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Cranberry Layer CakeTaste of Home

Cranberry Layer Cake

I adapted a Bundt cake recipe to create this layer cake. Cranberries, walnuts and homemade frosting make it taste so delicious that you'd never guess it starts with a convenient cake mix. Sandy Burkett, Galena, Ohio

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Italian Cream Cheese CakeTaste of Home

Italian Cream Cheese Cake

Buttermilk makes every bite of this awesome Italian cream cheese cake recipe moist and flavorful. I rely on this recipe year-round.Joyce Lutz, Centerview, Missouri

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Mocha Hazelnut TorteTaste of Home

Mocha Hazelnut Torte

I make this cake on birthdays and other special occasions because it looks and tastes so amazing. The combination of mild hazelnut and coffee flavors is impossible to resist. Christina Pope, Speedway, Indiana

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Rustic Honey CakeTaste of Home

Rustic Honey Cake

When my boys were young, they couldnt drink milk but they could have yogurt. This was a cake they could eat. And its one dessert that doesnt taste overly sweet, which is always a nice change of pace. Linda Leuer, Hamel, Minnesota

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Mama's Spice CakeTaste of Home

Mama's Spice Cake

Whenever I get a craving for a tasty old-fashioned treat, I make this cake. Great cooks in my family have been baking it for generations, and their families have been enjoying the wonderful spice flavor and rich frosting.Nancy Duty, Jacksonville, Florida

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Majestic Pecan CakeTaste of Home

Majestic Pecan Cake

This recipe truly lives up to its name. The pecan-dotted cake is stacked in three layers, and made-from-scratch frosting is the crowning touch.Karen R. Jones, Claypool, Indiana

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Ginger-Walnut Tube CakeTaste of Home

Ginger-Walnut Tube Cake

My husband, Ken, loves this tube cake with its bits of crystallized ginger. Feel free to drizzle it with a lemony glaze. Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, NJ

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Ganache-Topped Pumpkin Layer CakeTaste of Home

Ganache-Topped Pumpkin Layer Cake

My dreamy pumpkin cake with cream cheese filling and rich chocolate ganache is perfect for any autumnal gathering. Michelle Sorensen, Bountiful, Utah

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Pecan Cake with Cookie Butter FrostingTaste of Home

Pecan Cake with Cookie Butter Frosting

My mom and I bought a jar of cookie butter to try it out, and we fell in love with it. I knew the flavor would go well with maple syrup and pecans, so I came up with this cake. I like to make a pretty design on the top of the cake with pecan halves. Natalie Larsen, Columbia, Maryland

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Aunt Murna's Jam CakeTaste of Home

Aunt Murna's Jam Cake

I remember Aunt Murna telling me that she created her jam cake recipe as a young girl. She made improvements over the years, such as soaking the raisins in crushed pineapple. This cake is a favorite at our annual family reunions. Mrs. Eddie Robinson, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

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Sour Cream Pumpkin CakeTaste of Home

Sour Cream Pumpkin Cake

The nicely spiced streusel in the center of this cake is a marvelous surprise and complement to the cinnamony pumpkin cake. It's delicious for breakfast or dessert. Elaine Holmberg, Norfolk, Nebraska

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Spiced Devil's Food CakeTaste of Home

Spiced Devil's Food Cake

One of my mom's friends gave her this recipe when I was a child, and it has been a family favorite ever since. When your chocolate sweet tooth acts up, this really hits the spot! Linda Yeamans, Ashland, Oregon

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Orange Cornmeal CakeTaste of Home

Orange Cornmeal Cake

This cake bakes up tender and light with a subtle orange taste. It tastes rich but is comparatively low in saturated fat. Serve the cake as is, or dress it up with a dollop of whipped cream and strawberries or raspberries. The cake is wonderful warm, but the flavor improves as it sits, so make it a day or two before you plan to serve it. Store the cake at room temperature. Leigh Rys, Herndon, Virginia

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Brown Sugar Pound CakeTaste of Home

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

This tender pound cake is the first one I mastered. You'll want to eat the browned butter icing by the spoonful. It tastes like pralines. Shawn Barto, Winter Garden, Florida

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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