Yes, tomorrow is Thanksgiving, but TODAY can't be ignored. Because today is National Cake Day.
(I will never EVER get tired of that GIF.)
What possible use would you have for a roundup of favorite cake recipes the day before Thanksgiving? There's probably not an immediate one. BUT Christmas "starts" in two days, and you will appreciate having a list of potential cakes to serve or to make as gifts so you can avoid the imminent Target massacre. Consider this an early Black Friday special that doesn't require getting up at Dark Thirty or knocking over aggressive grandmothers.
Christmas will never be so light and proper. This cake is deliciously rich, but the citrus and lavender lighten it substantially. It's just a special cake, and baking loaves of this for your co-workers or friends would be a delightful treat.
Want to make the gift even better? Wrap the cake in a cute tea towel and tie with a ribbon. Two gifts in one. Boom.
Double Chocolate Banana Bread
Deb at Smitten Kitchen never has a loser recipe. Very dependable and beautifully photographed, this cake/bread looks baller. I'm guessing it would make you a rockstar to your kids on Christmas morning.
Cranberry, Orange, and Pecan Coffee Cake
Stop it. Joy does it again. This screams Christmas, so file this away as a holiday winner.
Lemon Yogurt Cake
This is a stellar cake. I've made it multiple times with different tweaks here and there, but you can trust Ina's original. Light, lemony, and perfect any hour of the day.
Have a slice of cake today, y'all! And tomorrow on our day of thanks, I hope you know how thankful I am for all of you. Truly. You make The Sugar Box come alive, and I'm genuinely grateful.
Don't forget! Orders for the Christmas Sugar Box open at midnight on Black Friday because I'm trying to be Best Buy. Want the first word? Come join the mailing list!