This is a very light vanilla cake, and one that we love to serve on Christmas Day in place of a normal fruit cake. In order to keep the colour as white as possible, use a very light-coloured butter such as Lurpak.
Our festive biscuits make perfect edible Christmas decorations to hang from your tree or mantle. You can leave them out for Santa or wrap them up as a gift, the possibilities are endless!
This dessert would be a showstopper for Christmas Day. Slice it open to reveal the many layers which will wow your guests. It might take a bit of time to prepare, but it’s worth the effort!
Just because you’re gluten free doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the Christmas fun. These boozy mince pies don’t compromise on flavour or texture
This deliciously indulgent, grown-up chocolate and burnt butterscotch cake looks really impressive and is definitely worth the effort.
Make your own gingerbread Advent biscuits for Christmas using this easy recipe. Eat them one-a-day or all at once!
Put an imaginative twist on your classic mince pie recipe this Christmas by adding shortbread pastry.
This ingredients list may look lengthy but it’s all about building up the textures and flavours to make this the most moreish bar ever – way better than regular stollen.
Cinnamon buns are a really popular treat and apples, caramel and cinnamon make these gorgeously sticky buns a great brunch bake. Dried active yeast needs to be reactivated in water and gives a better rise than fast-action yeast. Find it in tubs in the baking aisle.
This recipe for Victoria sponge with spiced Christmas curd is an easy, festive twist on a classic cake – perfect for festive baking.
How do you make mini mince pies taste even better? Add even more buttery goodness with a viennese swirl biscuit topping, of course!
These apricot and white chocolate cookies are really easy to make but taste delicious. They are ideal for a bit of festive baking and only take 40 minutes.
These crunchy biscuits would make a great festive afternoon treat. Hang them from ribbons as an edible Christmas tree decoration or stack them on a plate and enjoy them with a comforting cup of tea.
Packed full of seasonal produce, these wintry muffins are guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas. The perfect mix of sweet and sour, they make a great on-the-go breakfast idea.
This sweet and salty indulgent pud looks super impressive but is easy to make. Arrange the apples just right and you’ll get the perfect pinwheel shape.
Guinness and dark chocolate add an extra depth of flavour and slight smokiness to this dark gingerbread. It’s best to make in advance then leave un-iced in an airtight box overnight or for a couple of days and glaze it an hour or so before serving. That way the flavours of the cake all get a chance to develop.
Treat your loved ones to a great dessert with this luxurious festive bake made with white chocolate and Baileys. It’s easy to make and requires very little effort, prepare it next time you host a dinner party.
How do you make brownies even better? Add sea salt and maple of course! This recipe is really easy to make but looks impressive and delivers big flavours.
These apricot and pistachio sticky buns are hard to resist. They’re perfect for a breakfast treat, or with a cup of tea.
Somewhere between a cake and a pud, this slump is a dense, rich almond and polenta cake. Serve warm with a generous dollop of crème fraîche. This recipe is really easy but looks really impressive.
A stupendous cake for tea, our chocolate brownie cake has chopped preserved ginger in the mix to give it an extra spice and a bit of a grown-up twist to really impress.
Quince and honey is a great autumnal flavour combination. Try them together in this recipe for an easy quince and honey cake that looks really impressive.
It might not be snowing outside, but one bite of this cake and you’ll feel like you’re in a winter wonderland. Filled with coconut and covered in white chocolate, it’s sweet and indulgent.
Rum and raisin is a real crowd-pleasing flavour combo. Try this rum and raisin bundt cake warm, for pudding, dolloped with sweetened whipped cream.
This recipe for chocolate hazelnut cake celebrates a classic combination and is deliciously indulgent. It makes for a great dinner party dessert. The recipe comes from Sharing Puglia: Simple, Delicious Food From Italy’s Undiscovered Coast (£25, Hardie Grant).
Kugelhupf is a light cake similar to brioche or baba and is popular in central Europe. This version is made with chocolate, hazelnut and cinnamon.
Surely the photo speaks for itself. A decadent, boozy chocolate torte that’s just perfect for the festive season. If you don’t have it on Christmas Day, knock it up a couple of days later for maximum appreciation by your holiday guests. Dollies are great for decorating.
These tangerine and marzipan muffins are easy to make and ready in under an hour – serve with an afternoon cup of tea or for an indulgent weekend breakfast.
Janine and Gregor trade inspiring ideas for edible gifts for friends in this weekly instalment of our podcast
olive magazine podcast ep33 – edible gifts, Nikkei cuisine and Christmas drinking