Thanksgiving Cakes, Custards, and Puddings

Persimmon Pudding
Persimmon Pudding
Eva Powell, a former elementary-school librarian in Mitchell, Indiana, has won the town's pudding contest five times with her recipe for persimmon pudding with a crispy, cake-like crust.Helen Rosner
Chocolate Spice-Cake Pudding
Replacing bread with chocolate spice cake adds richness and dark chocolate flavor to this pudding.Guy Kloppenburg
Indian Pudding
Vanilla ice cream makes the perfect topper for a warm, molasses-sweetened Indian Pudding.Landon Nordeman
See the RecipeChristopher Hirsheimer
Sweet Potato Bread Pudding
A Cajun-inspired dessert comes from the home of Marcia Ball, blues singer and piano player.Laurie Smith
See the RecipeHugh Palmer
Honey Ice Cream
Serve this simple, elegant ice cream with fresh fruit or on top of warm bread pudding. See the recipe for Honey Ice Cream »Chris Granger
Ricotta and Coffee Mousse
Ricotta and Coffee Mousse
Elegant and easy to prepare, a classic mousse flavored with espresso and topped with a dusting of chocolate is a great way to end a romantic meal.Helen Rosner
Russian Punch Cake
Impress your guests with a show-stopping layer cake stuffed with a luscious custard filling and topped with meringue frosting.Landon Nordeman
Baked Apples with Caramel Sauce
Fuji apples hold their shape perfectly when baked and coated in caramel.André Baranowski
Cinnamon Rice Pudding
There's nothing like homemade rice pudding—creamy, sweet, and comforting. The brown sugar lends a caramel-like sweetness, while cinnamon and rum-soaked raisins add warmth and depth. Get the recipe for Cinnamon Rice Pudding »Todd Coleman
Spiced Pumpkin Cake
Spiced Pumpkin Cake
A welcome addition to the holiday table, this simple frosted layer cake can be made with either canned or homemade puréed pumpkin.Todd Coleman
Apple Cider-Cinnamon Ice Cream
A refreshing, seasonal ice cream is a satisfying way to end your Thanksgiving meal. See the recipe for Apple Cider-Cinnamon Ice Cream »Penny De Los Santos
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap and Hazelnut Crust
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap and Hazelnut Crust
The dessert's delicate texture is achieved by cooking the cheesecake in a bain-marie, a water bath made by surrounding the springform pan with boiling water.Todd Coleman
Sweet Potato Cake
Sweet Potato Cake
Layers of spiced sweet potato cake alternate with marshmallowy meringue icing in a rich dessert that's a riff on the classic Thanksgiving side.Todd Coleman
Carrot Rice Pudding
Carrot Rice Pudding
Shredded carrots turn soft and sweet in this cardamom-spiced rice pudding.Anna Stockwell
Mexican Bread Pudding (Capirotada)
Mexican Bread Pudding (Capirotada)
This satisfying dessert uses piloncillo, a type of brown sugar used in Mexican cooking.Todd Coleman
Pumpkin Spice Cake with Mascarpone
Pumpkin Spice Cake with Mascarpone
This batter also makes delicious muffins, perfect for a day-after-Thanksgiving brunch.Anna Stockwell
Pumpkin Pecan Gingersnap Ice Cream
Pumpkin Pecan Gingersnap Ice Cream
Use up leftover pumpkin or squash puree in a sweet, spiced ice cream.Anna Stockwell
Pumpkin and Bourbon Mousse
Pumpkin and Bourbon Mousse
All the traditional flavors of pumpkin pie combine in this satisfying, creamy mousse.Todd Coleman
Maple Pot de Crème
Maple Pot de Crème
Creamy custard sweetened with maple syrup makes a lovely ending to any meal.Todd Coleman
Caramel Flan
Flan de Caramelo (Caramel Flan)
Luscious, eggy, caramel-coated custard is a favorite in Buenos Aires, and the perfect sweet ending to a languorous meal. See the recipe for Flan de Caramelo (Caramel Flan) »Landon Nordeman
Pecan Cream Cake
Pecan Cream Cake
Packed with coconut and pecans and covered in cream cheese frosting, this cake is a specialty of Georgia home cook Cile Ellis.Landon Nordeman
Crepes Cajeta
Crepes Cajeta
Cajeta, a homemade caramel used in traditional Mexican desserts, is a terrific sauce to have on hand for drizzling over ice cream or baked treats.Helen Rosner