Amazing Christmas Cakes Recipes – Best Christmas Dessert Ideas!

Types of Christmas cakes

Christmas is just around the corner and you may be planning your Christmas home decorations and Christmas gifts already. But what you should really be preparing for ahead of time is your Christmas cake! Just a quick background, did you know that Christmas cake started out as a simple plum porridge? Making a Christmas cake is an English tradition wherein the cake is made with currants and raisins soaked in rum. But now, Christmas cakes are made in different ways and styles. A common Christmas cake “look” is to cover it with icing and then decorate it with Christmas decor or symbolisms such as houses, Christmas trees, and more.

Most Christmas cakes now are also made with lots of fruits which makes them similar to a fruitcake. 

And if you are wondering when you should make your own Christmas cake, then it is recommended to make it in advance.  Most make it once November arrives while others suggest to start it around two to three months before Christmas. This gives you plenty of time to let your Christmas cake mature and “feed”. Feeding is the process wherein small amounts of brandy or whisky is poured into the holes of the cake weekly until Christmas. So generally, the more time you prepare your Christmas cake, the better it will taste. 

And if you want a list of the different types of traditional Christmas cake there is out there, then here are some from around the world!

  • Panettone – a fruity sponge cake that you will most likely see in Italian delis’ window displays
  • Fruit cake – gives a burst of festive flavors! 
  • Christmas pudding – possibly the densest and richest cake for Christmas! 
  • Sweet potato pie – yes, pies are still a thing even during Christmas! 
  • Pecan pie – a Thanksgiving and Christmas favorite! 
  • Gingerbread house – If you put enough gingerbread together, it’s pretty much a cake. 
  • Cheesecake
  • Rum cake
  • Pound cake
  • And many more!

Christmas Cake recipe

If you have a lot of time on your hands and you want your Christmas cake to be as presentable and as tasty as possible, then look no more because I have here a list of several tasty Christmas cake recipes that will catch your guests’ attention and are easy to make!


15. Apricot Brandy Pound Cake

This apricot brandy pound cake is so incredibly easy to put together, perfect for the holidays and absolutely delicious – a showstopper of flavors!

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14. Brandy Aged Fruitcake

Mmm…. Brandy Aged Fruitcake! Yes, I said fruitcake! Ha, ha, very funny. When you’re done with the fruitcake jokes let’s talk about this truly delicious and traditional fruitcake recipe. Ready?

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13. Gingerbread Roll Cake with Eggnog Cream Filling

I didn’t really discover or appreciate gingerbread until I was an adult. As a kid, I was much more likely to head for the chocolate or apple pie. Then, a few years ago, I popped a gingerbread cookie on a whim, and that was that. I was a convert. The spicy bite of ginger, cinnamon, and molasses won me over.

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12. Butter Tart Bundt Cake with Brown Butter & Maple Glaze – Canadian Christmas

Butter Tarts symbolize Christmas not only for me, but for many Canadians. They are the quintessential Canadian comfort food. But I love butter tarts so much that I needed more butter tart flavoured food than actually existed. And that’s why I created this Butter Tart Swirl Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Maple Glaze.

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11. Grand Marnier Cheesecake with Chocolate Glaze

This amazing Grand Marnier Cheesecake with Chocolate Glaze was one of the first ones I ever made and it finally got me to understand what all the hype was about – cheesecake is AMAZING!

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10. Cranberry Bread Pudding Cheesecake: A Holiday Cheesecake

Cranberry Bread Pudding Cheesecake is the perfect Christmas cheesecake recipe as well as the ultimate bread pudding lover’s cheesecake. It makes a great holiday dessert, especially if you’re looking for something a little different.

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9. Christmas Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Have you ever seen anything as sweet as this Christmas Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Icing? With dominant notes of spicy ginger, molasses, warm cinnamon, and cloves, this easy, old-fashioned, moist confection will fill you with nostalgia and memories of past Christmases.

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8. Easy Australian Pavlova Recipe

This Easy Australian Pavlova Recipe is all about that crunchy, chewy meringue shell and soft, pillowy marshmallow centre, topped with lashings of sweet cream, fruit and topping ideas.

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7. Cavolo Nero Christmas Pudding

This traditional vegetarian Christmas pudding recipe has a healthy secret – cavolo nero! Although it can’t be tasted, the leafy green cousin of kale adds nutritious bulk to the pudding.

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6. Fruit Cake | Christmas Cake (Eggless)

This fruit Cake has a wonderful fragrant aroma and is light, crumbly, moist and too delicious with notes of rum in it.

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5. Swedish Saffron Cake

An easy cake recipe for the holidays! Swedish Saffron Cake (Saffranskaka), is a moist and deliciously soft cake that tastes even better the day after (if there’s any left).

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4. Panforte

A classic Christmas dessert! Panforte can be described as an Italian fruit cake, with dried fruits, almonds and hazelnuts.

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3. Cranberry Coffee Cake

Cranberry Coffee Cake has arrived just in time for fall baking! Tart, sweet and made deliciously moist with sour cream, this cranberry cake from The Weeknight Dessert Cookbook is sure to put a smile on your face.

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2. Cannoli Cake Recipe

This Cannoli Cake filling is really just an easy Cannoli Frosting that is in between each layer and on the outside of the cake.

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1. Christmas Pavlova Wreath

Everyone enjoys a nice crunchy pavlova with a sweet mushy center inside, which is exactly how it should be. This Christmas pavlova is a stunning dessert – a centerpiece of any family table.

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