Christmas Cake Recipes

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

Staff Picks

Christmas Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 109
Brandy-soaked candied fruits in a rich, velvety cake. Perfect for Christmas!

The 12 Cakes of Christmas

Our 12 best Christmas cakes make gorgeous holiday centerpieces.
By Carl Hanson

Rum Cake II

Rating: 4.5 stars 106
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!
By Brenda Benzar Butler

Buche de Noel

Rating: 4.5 stars 435
Buche de Noel is the French name for a Christmas cake shaped like a log. This one is a heavenly flourless chocolate cake rolled with chocolate whipped cream. Traditionally, Buche de Noel is decorated with confectioners' sugar to resemble snow on a Yule log.

Incredibly Delicious Italian Cream Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 428
This is an old recipe from my aunt. It is both famous and infamous in our family. It is absolutely irresistible.
By Rory

Italian Cream Cheese and Ricotta Cheesecake

Rating: 4.5 stars 544
Your family — Italian or not — is sure to enjoy this creamy cheesecake!

Gluten-Free Fruitcake

Rating: 5 stars 6
A dense gluten-free fruit 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!

Cheesecake with Cranberry Glaze and Sugared Cranberries

Rating: 5 stars 13
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.

Grandma Carol's Pumpkin Roll

Rating: 4.5 stars 51
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: 4.5 stars 547
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: 4.5 stars 346
Cranberries and pecans are baked in the bottom of this cake. Turn the cake over for ooh's and ah's.
By Marjorita Whyte

Inspiration and Ideas

Chocolate Yule Log
Rating: Unrated 98
"Made this for Christmas and my husband loved it so much he wants this for his birthday!" -- Lynette
20 Vintage Christmas Cakes
Let one of these stunning cheesecakes brighten your winter holidays.
Carrot Cake
Rating: 4.5 stars 7194

A simple, moist, yummy carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.