Snowball Cake (Coconut Cake Recipe)

Best Christmas cake recipes

Check out our best ever show stopping Christmas inspired cakes. These alternative Christmas cakes are the perfect choice if you aren’t a fan of the traditional fruit cake served over the festive period. From our super easy white Christmas cake to our boozy rum and raisin bundt cake, and our stand out indulgent snowball cake

For an alternative to traditional Christmas fruit cake, why not try one of our Christmas cake ideas. From indulgent chocolate Christmas cake to easy Victoria sponge festive cake and our epic gluten free Christmas cake.

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Try one of our Christmas cake recipes and impress your friends and family over the festive season, or make one of our alternative Christmas baking or Christmas dessert recipes.

Plus, if you’re looking for the perfect gift to give your loved ones this Christmas, make one of our fun homemade edible gifts.

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White Christmas cake

This is a very light vanilla cake, and one that we love to serve on Christmas Day in place of a normal fruit cake. This Christmas cake is super easy to make, so you can have it on the table in no time. In order to keep the colour as white as possible, use a very light-coloured butter such as Lurpak.

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white Christmas cake

White velvet snowball Christmas cake

Impress your friends and family this Christmas and make our standout snowball cake. 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, the perfect Christmas Day centre piece.

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Snowball Cake (Coconut Cake Recipe)

Spiced rum bamkuchen cake

This rum cake is a show stopper for Christmas Day. Slice it open to reveal the many layers that will wow your guests. It might take a bit of time to prepare, but it’s worth the effort. This cake will store for up to three days in an airtight container, or longer if stored in the fridge.

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Spiced rum bamkuchen

Chocolate and burnt butterscotch layer cake

Try our indulgent chocolate Christmas cake recipe. This delicious grown-up cake is easy to make and packed with velvety burnt butterscotch cream, definitely worth the effort to pull out this Christmas.

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burnt butterscotch cake

European Christmas cake – chocolate, hazelnut and cinnamon kugelhupf

Kugelhupf is a light Christmas cake similar to brioche or baba and is popular in central Europe. This version is made with chocolate, hazelnut and cinnamon, a great alternative to the traditional British Christmas cake recipe. Plus, it’s easy to make, too.

Kugelhupf Cake Recipe with Chocolate, Hazelnut and Cinnamon

Sunken Nutella cake with Baileys cream

Are you looking for the perfect Nutella cake? Check out our decadent sunken Nutella cake with Baileys cream. This quick and easy cake is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with all the family this Christmas.

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Sunken Nutella Cake with Baileys Cream Recipe

Clementine yoghurt gluten free Christmas cake

Try our gluten free Christmas cake recipes. Move over Christmas puddings, our festive clementine cake is in town and it tastes GREAT. Slice it up and watch everyone come running for a piece of this sweet, yogurty deliciousness, plus, it’s super simple to make.

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Gluten Free Christmas Cake Recipe With Yoghurt and Clementine

Christmas victoria sponge cake with spiced Christmas curd

This recipe for Christmas Victoria sponge with spiced Christmas curd is an easy, festive twist on a classic cake – a perfect baking recipe for afternoon tea over the festive period.

Victoria Sponge Recipe with Spiced Christmas Curd on a white cake stand and christmas background

Gingerbread bundt cake

Check out this guinness and dark chocolate bundt cake, an impressive alternative Christmas cake idea to easily feed a crowd. This recipe is 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 deep flavours of this indulgent cake get a chance to develop in time for Christmas Day.

Gingerbread Bundt Cake Recipe

Redcurrant and lemon bundt cake

Need a stunning recipe for a Christmas party? This beautiful festive cake is made in a heritage bundt tin, which is made by Nordic Ware, an American company. It isn’t cheap but will last forever and works like a dream – the cakes release perfectly every time, a great way to impress your friends and family this Christmas.

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Redcurrant and Lemon Bundt Cake Recipe

Chocolate and ginger brownie cake

A stupendous chocolate cake for afternoon tea this Christmas. Our chocolate brownie cake has chopped preserved ginger in the mix to give it an extra festive spice, and a bit of a grown-up twist to really impress your friends and family.

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Chocolate and Ginger Brownie Cake Recipe

Quince and honey cake

If you’re looking for an alternative and impressive festive bake this Christmas, try our quince and honey cake. This delicious cake makes for a great autumnal flavour combination. Our recipe may take a bit of time but it’s definitely worth it, it’s a real crowd pleaser.

Quince and Honey Cake Recipe

Rum and raisin bundt cake

Looking for boozy bakes to impress your guests this Christmas? Check out our easy rum and raisin bundt cake, with a real crowd-pleasing flavour combination. Try this cake warm and dolloped with sweetened whipped cream, a great alternative to a classic Christmas cake recipe.

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Rum and Raisin Cake Bundt Recipe

Chocolate hazelnut cake (torta alla nocciola)

This decadent recipe for chocolate hazelnut cake celebrates a classic combination and is deliciously indulgent, a great Christmas day cake idea. The recipe comes from Sharing Puglia: Simple, Delicious Food From Italy’s Undiscovered Coast (£25, Hardie Grant).

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Recipe