When the Christmas season comes around, these 30 Christmas cakes will put your mind at ease with a crave-worthy dessert ready for your whole family!
Even if you need something delicious with holiday flavors open for friends and family of all faiths to enjoy, there is a cake on this list.
Some of these are incredibly easy, some are more difficult, but all are delicious.
Any of these cakes being prepared for a holiday party, Christmas dinner, or just any dinner during the winter holiday season, will be a guaranteed success for you and your guest’s taste buds.
Featuring popular holiday flavors like peppermint, gingerbread, and cranberry, you can probably find what you are craving here in the type of cake you want!
Some of these also have special decorations to make them as beautiful as they are delicious!
For those seeking a more traditional cake, a Yule Log Cake or even a Fruit Cake will give you what you need.
You can decorate a Christmas Lights Cake or Christmas Tree Cake for something that is both picture-worthy and taste-worthy.
Have you ever had a Green Velvet Cake?
You may want to try it if you are craving a fun and more unique version of classic red velvet cake.
1. Eggnog Cake
If you love eggnog, you will want a bite of this cake.
If you are not a fan of eggnog, you will still want a bite of this cake.
Store-bought cake mix makes the base of this cake, but with a bunch of twists to make it unique with a pound cake consistency so despite how you or your guests may feel about eggnog, this cake will be delicious to all.
Bundt cakes are incredibly easy but with the generous level of spice and moisture, they will impress everyone, and no one will be bothered by the low amount of work put into baking this.
The maple glaze pulls everything together and is something quite magical.
You may want to make one of these for your guests and one just for yourself since it will probably not last long when served for dessert.
Chocolate and peppermint together are enough to make this the cake of your dreams.
However, the moist cake base, the creamy frosting, and the crushed candy canes make this something that no other cake can compare to.
This is great for giving to neighbors and friends as a holiday treat but be ready for them to ask for it year after year.
Traditional as a wintertime cake in France, this classic cake gets a bit of a twist in the process for a lighter texture while keeping the rich crumb of Gâteau Ardéchois you may already love.
The chestnut cream is absolutely delicious and no one will complain if you serve a side of it with your cake, but vanilla ice cream will hit the spot, too.
With a little bit of icing sugar dusted on top, your cake is ready to be served, whether at room temperature or cold.
It is probably not a big secret but this cake features hot chocolate in it.
The hot chocolate adds a ton of moisture without the need for a mixer.
Chocolate buttercream would be delicious on top as well as a steaming mug of hot chocolate to drink with this dessert.
Red velvet cake mix makes the base of this cake but with vanilla pudding mix, cool whip, and green food coloring, you get a seasonal treat that all will love.
Themed sprinkles will add to the fun but even with just the cake and filling, you will have a yummy dessert that both the kids and adults will find themselves gravitating towards.
It is surprisingly quick to bake this cake and very easy, too, so even beginner bakers can guarantee a cake that will be a crowdpleaser.
There may be some heated discussions over if this cake looks or tastes better, but that’s just a sign you have a winning Christmas cake on your hands.
The trees used to decorate this are actually very easy to create with ice cream cones, green buttercream frosting, and a dusting of powdered sugar.
There are many layers in this cake meaning that there will be enough to go around, even when people want seconds and thirds.
During the holidays, you are allowed to, and encouraged, to indulge in sweets.
That means that yes, you can have half of this cake by yourself.
The tart filling is what makes this so delicious and not need any icing or topping but the buttery cake itself is like a light coffee cake that pairs perfectly with the cranberries inside.
If you use an open-top baking ban, you also get the added bonus of the crisp crust that forms on top.
9. Grinch Cake
Just as the Grinch’s heart grew, this cake features a beautiful heart inside that will remind everyone of the movie once it is cut into.
This does require a bit more work than a traditional layer cake but it is worth it for the special touch it adds to your cake.
Plan to spend a couple of days preparing this so you have proper time to let everything chill and the fondant settle.
The work will be well worth it when you see everyone’s reaction to the appearance, when you cut into it and reveal the heart, as well as when they take their first bite!
On one hand, you can prepare this cake ahead of Christmas so the alcohol has time to soak in.
On the other hand, it will be very hard to resist cutting a slice of this and sneaking a taste ahead of Christmas.
If you prefer to leave out the alcohol, you definitely can and will still have a delicious cake.
This is something worth preparing for special occasions because all of the ingredients play an important part in pulling together the holiday flavors.
The spice blend used in this Christmas cake will make you feel like you are bundled up warm during the cold weather season but this is absolutely a perfect cake to make year-round.
Black pepper may sound unusual but it pairs with the other sweet spices for a slight kick without noticeable pepper flavor mixed in.
With the eggnog buttercream on top and the white chocolate ganache to go with the winter spice blend, you may find yourself licking your plate clean, but that’s completely understandable.
Cherry and lime-flavored jello add the red and green colors we associate with the holiday season with some bright flavors you may not typically find in Christmas cakes.
After the holiday season, you can easily adjust this to fit other occasions by changing up the jello colors but you may find yourself making this every December after the first time you try it.
This is easy when using a boxed cake mix and the kids will love having two of their favorite desserts in one, all topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.
Three of the best holiday flavors are present in this cheesecake.
The crust features buttery shortbread, the filling has sweet gingerbread, and all of it is topped with a molasses mousse topping.
Even though there are three different aspects to this cake that need to be prepared, there is no need to worry, since it is a very straightforward process that beginners and professionals alike can follow for a fool-proof holiday cheesecake.
Perfect for those who avoid gluten and those who enjoy it, no one will be able to tell this cake is gluten-free.
A dash of peppermint extract added to chocolate cake can make a big difference, so be mindful of how much you add.
Chocolate ganache is poured on top with crushed peppermint candies sprinkled on top for a Christmas dessert everyone can enjoy.
Making a cake from scratch sounds labor intensive but this bundt cake will change your mind.
It is as easy as using a box mix, with the added benefit of knowing exactly what is going inside your cake.
Each slice will have some red and green sprinkles mixed within the cake for extra festive fun!
Gingerbread and cream cheese frosting make the base of this tree cake but the topping is full of fun additions like meringue, M&M’s, sprinkles, and even more gingerbread cookies.
Feel free to keep adding more and more to the top of this cake.
There is no such thing as too much and everyone who has a bite will appreciate it.
Despite how simple this cake is to prepare, you will absolutely LOVE the result.
It is an angel food cake with peppermint whipped cream which is simple but comes together perfectly and needs very little added to it.
Feel free to use a box cake, make a cake from scratch, or buy one just for this recipe.
Simple instructions, festive theme, and delicious to eat.
What more could you want in your Christmas cake recipe?
The funfetti mixture is soft and goes deliciously with the sweet cream cheese frosting.
Holiday sprinkles also add to the fun of preparing and eating this cake.
This moist cake pairs cranberry cake with white chocolate drizzled on top for a seasonal way to enjoy a pound cake.
The glaze is also a bit unique with cream cheese and powdered sugar being used rather than milk and sugar.
Dry cranberries on top pull the dessert altogether and add to the Christmas flavors.
Many of these cakes are perfect for a crowd but if you are baking for fewer people, a mug cake or two might be the way to go!
These are much easier and quicker than baking an entire cake in an oven but still just as delicious.
Warm holiday flavors are in each bite of this gingerbread cake from the molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ground ginger.
Since this is prepared in a single serving size, you won’t have to worry about leftovers, but since it is so quick and easy to prepare, you can make a fresh mug cake every day that you find yourself craving it.
This classic French cake has a bit of a twist added in by switching out the chocolate inside the cake for a layer of caramel and caramel cream cheese frosting.
This lessens the chocolate flavor for those who may feel like the traditional cake has too much chocolate flavor, but also helps add to the tree trunk appearance.
There are tons of options for decorating your yule log cake such as a dusting of sugar, berries, or even mushrooms made of marzipan.
Delicious Christmas cakes don’t always have to be complex.
Sometimes, sticking to the tried and true will be more than enough to keep you and your guests happy.
Red velvet is a classic and with some food coloring, you can have a green velvet cake with tasty cream cheese frosting all over the cake.
Coconut, cranberry, and cream cheese frosting make for a perfect cake for the holidays.
The coconut flakes on the outside almost resemble snow while the cranberry filling adds some wintertime flavor for added festivity.
Even if you are not naturally skilled as a cake decorator, this dessert is very easy to pull together while making a beautiful centerpiece for your dessert table.
24. Candy Cane Cake
When picking a cake for Christmas, you want to balance out satisfying both your tastebuds and your eyes, and this cake does a great job at that.
The chocolate sponges inside the cake taste just like hot chocolate while the vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream is flexible enough to be able to have extra peppermint or even orange flavor added in.
A dark chocolate ganache drip adds a beautiful touch and a great base for all of the peppermint candy you could want on top!
25. Fruit Cake
While traditional fruit cakes need a few days to “ripen”, this cake is ready to be eaten the same day it is made.
This still has the old fashioned flavor you know and love with all of the pecans, candied pineapple, candied cherries, and dates.
When people claim not to like fruit cake, present them a slice of this and you will see after the first bite, they will be in love.
Even if time is not on your side this Christmas, you can still have a perfectly themed cake ready in an instant.
Start with your favorite gingerbread recipe, frost your cake, and decorate with simple stars and snowflakes.
It is that easy!
Few flavor combinations pair better than peppermint and chocolate and for that reason, you need a cake that pulls the two together perfectly!
There are multiple layers in this cake, a decadent chocolate ganache drip, and tons of crushed candy canes for decoration.
If it is easier, the cake preparation can be split up into multiple days leading up to Christmas so there is less stress the day of, and more time spent with loved ones and yummy food.
The outside of this cake is picturesque but when you cut into it, you get added beauty from the green ombre within.
Almond buttercream frosting adds a special touch and an extra layer of elegance.
Almond M&Ms make up your lightbulbs and can stay in place thanks to some extra frosting and a small indention into your cake.
Prepare a panettone cake for Christmas if you want to impress guests without putting in a lot of hard work.
It is easy but can be time consuming so keep that in mind as you find yourself craving a bite as you begin preparing this.
This cake has a unique texture thanks to the raisins and candied orange while having an airy and fluffy consistency from the cake, itself.
Traditionally, this cake is enjoyed for Christmas, but no one is stopping you from enjoying it year round.
30. Reindeer Cake
No one will believe that this cake is made at home rather than bought at a bakery.
The piping of this cake may look complicated but it is actually very easy.
Plus, all of the decorations that go on top can help hide any frosting mishaps that may come up.
- Eggnog Cake
- Gingerbread Bundt Cake With Maple Glaze
- Chocolate Peppermint Dream Cake
- Chestnut Cream Cake (Gâteau Ardéchois)
- Hot Chocolate Cake
- Christmas Red Velvet Poke Cake
- Christmas Tree Cake
- Cranberry Christmas Cake
- Grinch Cake
- Traditional Irish Christmas Cake
- Christmas Spice Cake With Eggnog Buttercream
- Holiday Jello Cake
- Gingerbread Cheesecake
- Peppermint Flourless Chocolate Cake
- Christmas Bundt Cake
- Cream Tart Tree Cake
- Peppermint Angel Food Cake
- Christmas Funfetti Cake
- Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake
- Gingerbread Mug Cake
- Yule Log Cake (Buche De Noel)
- Green Velvet Cake
- Festive Cranberry Coconut Cake
- Candy Cane Cake
- Fruit Cake
- Gingerbread Topped Christmas Cake
- Peppermint Fudge Cake
- Christmas Lights Cake
- Italian Panettone
- Reindeer Cake
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