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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Hungarian Chestnut Cake

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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.

Chocolate Yule Log

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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

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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.

Christmas Wreath Cake

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A really good fruit cake recipe, one you can eat the same day you make it; it's even better if you let sit for awhile.

Eggnog Cheesecake III

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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.

Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread

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This is everyone's holiday favorite, even the busy cook's, because it is so easy to make.

Gluten-Free Fruitcake

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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.

Peppermint Cheesecake

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This is a great dessert for the holidays. Garnish with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candy.

Too Much Chocolate Cake

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This cake won me First Prize at the county fair last year. It is very chocolaty.

Incredibly Delicious Italian Cream Cake

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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.

Golden Rum Cake

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My family requests this rummy Bundt cake from me at all our get-togethers. The butter rum glaze makes it special. An easy way to glaze your cake is to pour half of the glaze into Bundt pan, reinsert cake, then pour the rest of glaze over the bottom of the cake. Let absorb well then invert back onto platter.

Inspiration and Ideas

Ultimate Cranberry Pudding Cake

"This is absolutely a keeper! I made this for a Christmas party. This was so, so quick and easy to make. Everyone loved it!" – Petuna
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Buche de Noel

"This is so worth the work! Very impressive, and tastes just magical!" – Cookingforhubby
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Pumpkin Roll I

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An easy pumpkin roll dessert that tastes great.