Christmas Chocolate Cake Recipe

17 reasons why this is the best Christmas magazine EVER

After Eight cake, jerk turkey and all you need for festive entertaining. Our 2019 Christmas edition is packed full of festive treats, tips and everything in between. Read on for our top 17 reasons to pick up a copy

Looking for the best Christmas food magazine for 2019 to get all of your Christmas recipes? olive magazine is THE food magazine to buy this Christmas, and here’s why…


We also have hundreds of triple-tested Christmas recipes for the festive period in our Christmas hub here.


Make our celebratory After Eight cake (it’s the cover recipe this year).

This pud is the Christmas dessert everyone should be making for 2019. It’s a real showstopper – with a rich chocolate sponge, secret mint fondant filling, a decadent chocolate ganache, and gold-flecked After Eights to finish!


Discover our ultimate festive centrepieces.

We’ve come up with three heroic recipes to serve this Christmas – bourbon and brown sugar baked ham, sage and onion butter-basted turkey crown, and veggie savoury spiced baklava.


Save time in the aisles with the results of our Christmas Supermarket Awards.

Supermarkets become a battleground of trollies running up to the big day, so we’ve done the browsing for you. Get to the checkouts in record time with our expert-selected, ready-made saviours to keep you sane over the festive period. From Sainsbury’s all-butter rum, pineapple and coconut mince pies (which judges have declared one of the most impressive entries into the awards, of all time!) to an artisanal, indulgent black forest cheesecake from Ocado.


Get a FREE slow cooker worth £45.

Subscribe to the magazine and get 13 issues for just £39.99, PLUS a Judge 3.5L slow cooker to make these comforting winter warmers!

Slow Cooker Irish Stew Recipe


Let the feast begin with the best festive starters.

From roast beetroot soup with blue cheese toasts to grilled scallops with ’nduja butter and giant champagne prawn vol-au-vents, kick off your Christmas dinner with our impressive starters.


Impress friends and family with Edd Kimber’s sweet showstoppers for Christmas.

Get your chops around clementine trifle, cranberry and pistachio cookies, Baileys pecan blondies and a stunning no-bake chocolate and PX sherry tart. Here are some more of Edd’s incredible bakes to try


Know what to drink with wine expert Kate Hawkings’ bargain bottles for the festive period.

If you want to save money and drink well, flick straight to Kate’s wine column, for her round up of the best bargains (singular bottles and bulk buys) in the run up to Christmas.


Make festive entertaining easy with our party canapé recipes.

Our bitesize treats will wow your guests, from maple-glazed sausage blinis to gin and tonic traybake squares.


Get your hands on the recipe for THE best festive toastie.

Take your festive toastie up a notch with chunky chopped lobster in an oozy four-cheese sauce.


Serve up sensational sides.

Power up your Christmas table this year with our awesome accompaniments – from cacio e pepe sprouts to whisky-and-maple-glazed roast parsnips. More ideas here…


Plan a foodie getaway this winter with our travel section.

Warm up with a vin chaud in Paris, discover hot new hotels in the Lake District, and fill up on fragrant chicken soup in the Philippines. Plus, shop your way around some of Europe’s foodiest Christmas markets.

A town square with a Christmas tree with lights on


Feed a crowd with no-fuss show-off brunch recipes.

Check out best brunches to impress including tex-mex baked avocados, and ham and cheese croissant traybake.



Our lowdown on a minimal-waste Christmas.

Our tips and tricks make it easier than ever to cut festive food waste, without compromising on the big day. Use our Christmas dinner calculator to end up with a full table and some leftovers but nothing wasted, and turn your veg peelings into spiced crisps.