Bake one of our classic fruit cakes for Christmas, or try a festive alternative, including an indulgent white velvet snowball sponge, Italian chocolate cake and gingerbread bundt cake. These indulgent Christmas cake recipes are perfect for feeding a crowd.
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Best festive cake recipes
Get ahead with your Christmas baking and rustle up our gently spiced, orange and ginger wine-spiked fruit cake.
Chocoholics need not fear over Christmas! This indulgent festive chocolate log combines a boozy Baileys cream with rich dark chocolate ganache and a crunchy hazelnut brittle – a proper grown-up bake.
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, making it the perfect Christmas Day centrepiece.
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This decadent recipe for chocolate hazelnut cake (torta alla nocciola) celebrates a classic combination and is deliciously indulgent, a great Christmas day cake idea for an Italian-inspired Christmas sweet treat.
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.
A real showstopper of a cake, this three-tiered beauty is all dark chocolate and Baileys Irish Cream. It’s perfect for an impressive Christmas dessert.
This is a festive spin on a classic victoria sponge – instead of jam and cream it is layered with a homemade clementine curd (you can use shop-bought if you prefer) and a champagne-spiked cream.
This showstopping bundt-shaped cake is a glorious combination of chocolate and mint that makes an excellent dessert for a festive party.
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.
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.
This easy yet standout pandoro recipe is sure to bring the wow factor to any Christmas table. The chocolate and amaretto semifreddo is all encased in an Italian pandoro bread and topped with a crown of crunchy pistachios.
This Victoria sponge recipe is an easy, festive twist on a classic cake – a perfect baking idea for afternoon tea over the festive period.
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.
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.
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 and it’s gluten-free.
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Looking for an alternative yet Christmas bake? Give your chocolate cake a red tinge in this classic American cake recipe, covered in silky-smooth cheese frosting for extra indulgence to serve your hungry festive guests.
How do you improve on a classic coffee cake? Get inspired by the Irish, with a splash of whiskey and Guinness, and top with pillowy coffee-flavoured cream for an decadent addition to a Christmas spread.
This Russian cake with moreish burnt-honey icing is an impressive layer cake that takes a bit of effort to make but is the perfect Christmas cake idea to show off to friends and family over the festive season.
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.
Add a splash of Baileys to this easy chocolate christmas cake idea. Our decadent sunken Nutella cake is a quick yet indulgent sweet treat that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with all the family this Christmas.
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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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.
Inspired by the dirty chai (a masala chai latte with a shot of espresso), this showstopping cake boasts layers of chai ganache and chocolate ombre sponge, the perfect way to impress guests over the festive season.
Looking for an easy chocolate cake to feed vegan friends over the festive season? Decent espresso powder is the key to this luxurious vegan chocolate sponge, sandwiched together with indulgent (and butter-free) chocolate buttercream.