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Best festive cake recipes

Make our best festive cake recipes, from traditional fruit cakes along with alternative ideas to serve over the festive season. Try an impressive white snowball cake, Italian chocolate cake, After Eight cake and more.

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. 


Impress everyone over the festive season with these ideas, or try our Christmas baking or Christmas dessert recipes. If you get stuck along the way, don’t panic, just check out our best ever baking tips and tricks.

Best festive cake recipes

Classic Christmas cake

Get ahead with your Christmas baking and rustle up our gently spiced, orange and ginger wine-spiked fruit cake.

A fruit cake covered in white icing with a slice taken out of it

Chocolate yule log

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.

Festive Yule Log Recipe

White velvet snowball 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, making it the perfect Christmas Day centrepiece.

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Italian Christmas cake

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.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Recipe

Rum and almond fruit cake

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

Baileys 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.

Clementine Christmas layer cake

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.

Clementine Cake Recipe

After Eight cake

This showstopping bundt-shaped cake is a glorious combination of chocolate and mint that makes an excellent dessert for a festive party.

Chocolate After Eight Cake Recipe

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 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

Pandoro semifreddo

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.

Chocolate Pistachio Semifreddo Recipe

Victoria sponge with spiced Christmas curd

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

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

Spiced rum baumkuchen

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 Cake Recipe - layered german christmas cake covered in chocolate glaze and white chocolate lines

Chocolate Christmas cake with 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

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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Gluten Free Christmas Cake Recipe With Yoghurt and Clementine

Red velvet cake

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.

Red Velvet Cake Recipe

Irish coffee cake recipe

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.

Irish Coffee Cake Recipe

Russian honey cake

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.

Russian 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

Nutella cake with Baileys

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.

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Christmas bundt cake with redcurrants and lemon

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 with ginger

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

Dirty chai chocolate cake

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.


Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe with Chai Ganache

Vegan chocolate layer cake

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.

Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Best Buttercream Frosting Recipe