Christmas Cake Recipes

Rich cheesecakes, old-fashioned fruitcakes, gingerbread, and red velvet cake. Get recipes and tips for the most festive Christmas cakes.

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Rum Cake II

Rating: 4.62 stars
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This makes a tube pan cake that is moist and delicious. It's the rum glaze that soaks in after baking that makes it fabulous!

Chocolate Yule Log

Rating: 4.75 stars
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If you haven't tried this classic holiday dessert because you thought it required advanced baking and pastry skill, then get ready to buche up this Noel, since the techniques required are actually quite simple. This classic holiday dessert is a showstopper, but it's often better looking than it is tasting, which is not the case here, thanks to a simple-to-make, rich chocolate sponge cake, and mocha buttercream filling. Garnished here with meringue mushrooms and rosemary.

Cheesecake with Cranberry Glaze and Sugared Cranberries

Rating: 4.86 stars
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Cranberries and orange are a natural pairing, and I wanted to combine them in a cheesecake fit for the Thanksgiving table. The cranberry glaze is a really beautiful color, and the sugared cranberries are the perfect topping. Most of the work is done the night before, so it's not even that hard to make.

Italian Cream Cheese and Ricotta Cheesecake

Rating: 4.72 stars
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This is my grandmother's cheesecake recipe passed down to my entire family. It's the best. I can't believe I'm sharing it, but everyone needs to know how to make an authentic Italian cheesecake. It is creamy and not thick, which is why our family LOVES it! For best results, do NOT substitute any ingredients with low-fat unless you've made it before and want to experiment.

Cake Balls

Rating: 4.26 stars
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This recipe is very versatile and heavily addictive. You can mix and match cake and icing flavors as well as the chocolate coatings. The variations are unlimited, and they can be nicely packaged and given as gifts.

Gluten-Free Fruitcake

Rating: 5 stars
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A dense cake filled with dried nuts and fruits and spiked with spiced rum that just happens to be gluten free. It will change your mind on fruitcakes. No re-gifting here!

Mini Christmas Cakes

This recipe makes enough for 24 luxurious mini fruitcakes. They make a thoughtful Christmas gift for neighbors, work colleagues or teachers, or as part of a gift basket. You can decorate them differently by making one for each family member which makes it a lot more fun.

Incredibly Delicious Italian Cream Cake

Rating: 4.53 stars
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This is an old recipe from my aunt. It is both famous and infamous in our family. It is absolutely irresistible.

Grandma Carol's Pumpkin Roll

Rating: 4.58 stars
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My mom always makes her pumpkin roll around Thanksgiving and takes one to work where everyone asks her if she can make them one and they all want the recipe. You may want to halve the recipe unless you are making for a crowd or to give away. It makes a lot. It is without a doubt the best pumpkin roll I've ever had!

Eggnog Cheesecake III

Rating: 4.64 stars
412
This is a delicious cheesecake for eggnog lovers. The secret to a smooth cheesecake is to cream the cream cheese in a food processor for several minutes.

Cranberry Upside-Down Coffee Cake

Rating: 4.69 stars
279
Cranberries and pecans are baked in the bottom of this cake. Turn the cake over for ooh's and ah's.

Hungarian Chestnut Cake

Rating: 4.83 stars
6
This rich dessert is full of all sorts of wickedness, and is a bit labor-intensive, but well worth the work. Chestnuts and marrons glace are available in specialty food stores and gourmet stores.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Buche de Noel

Rating: Unrated
334
"This is so worth the work! Very impressive, and tastes just magical!" – Cookingforhubby

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Rating: 4.77 stars
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A great alternative to pumpkin pie, especially for those cheesecake fans out there. Serve topped with whipped cream.