Christmas Cake Recipe with Almond Buttercream

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Check out our show-stopping Christmas cakes. We have ideas for traditional boozy fruit cakes along with alternative ideas to serve over the festive season. Try easy white Christmas cake, boozy rum and raisin bundt cake, and our impressive snowball cake, plus many more


For an alternative to traditional Christmas fruit cake, 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.

Impress your friends and family over the festive season with these ideas, or try our Christmas baking or Christmas dessert recipes.

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  • Our Christmas cakes include festive spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom and more

Traditional Christmas cake with rum and almond

Want an easy fruit cake with no fuss? Impress your guests this Christmas and jazz up your cake with rum and a simple almond buttercream. Make it now or save the recipe to whip-up a quick, last-minute Christmas cake.

Christmas Cake Recipe with Almond Buttercream

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. Our 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

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

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

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

Gluten-free Christmas cake with clementine

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

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 this Christmas.

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burnt butterscotch cake

Russian honey cake

Check out our impressive Russian cake recipe with moreish burnt-honey icing. This layer cake takes a bit of effort to make but it's the perfect cake to show off to friends and family over the festive season.

Russian Honey Cake Recipe

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

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)

Our 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

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Best Buttercream Frosting Recipe