When the Christmas season comes around, these 57 easy 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.
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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.
Some of these are incredibly easy, some are more difficult, but all are delicious.
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 a generous level of spice and moisture, they will impress everyone.
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 crowd-pleaser.
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 does 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 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.
For starters, 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 slight 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 this cake is made at home rather than bought at a bakery.
The piping of this cake may look complicated, but it is very easy.
Plus, all of the decorations that go on top can help hide any frosting mishaps that may come up.
31. Prune Cake
This cake is not overly sweet, so that you can enjoy it any time of the day.
It’s best served with hot tea or coffee as it pairs perfectly with the dark, faintly sweetened bundt cake.
Serve chilled with whipped cream on the side for that heartwarming experience.
You won’t need a lot of elbow grease to make this one–not even a hand mixer–just a regular wooden spoon and bowl.
It freezes well, too, so you can enjoy it well after Christmas.
32. Ube Cake
If you’re a fan of sweet potatoes, you might have heard of the purple yam called “Ube,” too.
A local crop from the Philippines, this inspired new recipes to incorporate its sweet, nutty flavor into different dishes.
It turns out it’s great for making cakes, too.
The deep purple color acts as a beautiful contrast against the stark white frosting.
Experiment with some Ube extract since it’s challenging to find the actual ingredient in the U.S.
Begin baking, and soon you’ll enjoy its delicious French vanilla-like flavor.
The English food writer is known for her TV shows like “Nigella Feasts” and “Master Chef Australia 2018.”
She shared her recipe for the perfectly moist, dark chocolate fruit cake.
She used variations of plum, including prunes, currants, and raisins.
She mixes it in with other sensational ingredients like honey and coffee liqueur.
Tip: Sprinkle your Christmas cakes with edible glitter and add magic to the season.
Cherries are the star of this cake.
But it’s not just the dried fruit that makes it stand out.
The entire planning that goes into this British Christmas Cake spells out dedication.
It can take weeks to months to finish making this cake just in time for holidays with the family.
Let’s start baking now while we still have time.
Less spice and lighter-colored fruit and nuts make this cake a unique twist to the typical fruit cake.
It’s also quicker to make as it skips the aging process.
Why not bake several pans of this cake so you can give them away, too?
These sweet desserts make lovely Christmas gifts for your friends and family.
This cake is a sure winner: soft, light, and fluffy–awakening wonderful wintertime memories with the family.
It uses all-white ingredients with the flavors of vanilla cake.
It’s an elegant, understated cake you can serve on its own.
A versatile cake, you can feel free to decorate it your way, too.
This cake is unconventional, fun, and creative.
It’s a spooky rendition of a well-loved holiday dessert.
From the bewildering design to the moist, tasty chocolate batter, it’s a sure treat that kids will love.
It’s great for a themed night with the namesake movie and some sweet goodies for everyone to enjoy while bonding.
Inspired by the humanoid ragdoll in the movie, this multi-layer cake takes on a more dynamic approach for a cake to greet this season.
It’s super-colorful on the inside with a unique tie-dye way of styling.
Decorate with a whole edgy vibe swirling the icing with giddy over-the-moon excitement–it’s a joyful time, after all.
Baking and decorating it will be as fun as watching the little ones dig into it.
Make your cake, and indeed, eat it, too.
This cake is pretty looking and the kind that’s very quickly click-worthy.
Yet, underneath that delicate, heartwarming aesthetic is a delicious goody you can enjoy no matter your dietary restrictions.
It’s a busy time at the North Pole, er the kitchen with home cooks busy preparing lavish feasts for friends and family.
Let this cake sit atop your table spread of holiday dishes–a feast for the eyes with its colors and designs.
Lots and lots of buttercream, candy, and sprinkles with the perfect cake toppers make this cake perfect for the holiday season.
Still, it’s not too over-the-top in design and flavor–just the right balance with a sweet touch.
Christmas is a big holiday in South Asia, too.
It’s a dark cake sans the typical chocolate flavors.
This one’s a blend of native fruits and exotic spices that may just surprise you.
If you’re looking for a unique dessert to bring to the table this holiday, you’d be delighted to try this one out.
When your creative juices run out, and you need to make an extraordinary Christmas cake to wow your audience, try your hand at this recipe.
Grab a Pandoro Cake for the base of your quick 15-minute-ready dessert.
The trick is in the icing and the final design of this centerpiece food.
Oh, the sweet smell of Christmas in the morning, the air filled with all tasty and sweet goodies.
The scent of cinnamon swifts through the air, waking family members from their beds to unwrap their gifts under the Christmas tree.
Here’s a cake that’s not overly sweet and can serve during the day.
Coffee lifts sleepyheads and makes them ready to eat this soft cake with sugar crumbles on top.
Here’s a caffeine-and-alcohol-free fruit cake that you can serve to anyone at your parties.
Instead of liqueur, the recipe makes do with orange juice to soak the dried fruits well before baking.
This one ingredient also makes the cake moist, making it easy and delectable to eat.
Top off with ice cream or cream cheese frosting and pair with a hot cup of tea.
Don’t have weeks to prepare a credible Christmas cake that needed all that time for some ingredients to mature?
It takes a week to finish preparations for this well-fed cake with sherry.
Regarding the design, this dessert transcends ordinary cakes by making do without the icing.
Instead, sitting atop the sweet treat are walnuts, cherries, and an apricot glaze sit atop the sweet treat.
What’s great about this recipe is it makes the perfect batch of gift-sized goodies–perfect for neighbors and friends.
Traditionally, this cake is famous at Christmas parties.
Many people like its familiar taste.
This year, impress your guests even more by making your own Black Forest Cake.
This alcohol-free dessert boasts a rich, decadent cake that everyone can enjoy.
Once you get this recipe mastered, you’ll find that it’s very versatile, and you can make it again for many more occasions to come.
47. Kerala Plum Cake
This recipe hails from India–Kerala.
One can enjoy it year-round, but it’s more popular around the holidays.
Despite the name, this fruit cake doesn’t even have a hint of plum.
It is a common belief that the first traditional Kerala Plum Cake might have had plenty of plums.
Who wants a shortcut to making an excellent, delicious rendition of an authentic Christmas cake?
Well, look no further than this recipe.
It doesn’t have the soaking in alcohol that many Christmas cakes require.
Also, the recipe doesn’t overload the cake with nuts and fruits.
This cake will fool you as it is moist and has a pleasant tartness.
Add a festive topper, and you’re off to celebrate the holidays.
Guests can enjoy your party spread without feasting on too much sugar.
For those who are conscious about their particular diets, you can cater to them with this recipe.
Mix it in one bowl and get baking this grain-free, gluten-free dessert.
Friends and family will appreciate this alternative.
You can add some topics of dried cranberries, goji berries, walnuts, macadamias, or candied peel.
Contrary to its name, the recipe calls for baking–not just boiling to make the cake.
Although, the part where you boil the pineapple, butter, sugar, and alcohol in a saucepan is crucial.
This part of the process allows the seeping of the alcohol and butter into the dried fruit–making it juicy and plump.
The wreath is not just for your door but also for decorating your table spread.
This festive cake is an art to behold.
It’s an impressive centerpiece that may very well be a conversation starter.
Following the recipe to the Tee is essential to ensure its details are perfect.
The chocolate cake with mint Swiss meringue buttercream frosting will surely bring everyone together in the spirit of the holidays.
Now, this is a cake you’d want to unwrap.
It’s a moist sponge cake with a sweet coating of decadent chocolate and “ribbons” of golden syrup.
You can also use an actual gold ribbon to tie the themed cake together.
53. Prune Cake
Create our best Prune Cake recipe this holiday season and serve it alongside a strong, hot cup of coffee or tea.
The great thing about this moist, muffin-like cake is that you can cut it up and freeze it for long-term eating–you might enjoy this one for New Year’s Eve–who knows!
54. Ube Cake
Ube is an excellent ingredient, and anything that touches it becomes extraordinary; this sweet treat is no exception–behold, the Ube cake!
It’s lightly sweet and creamy–you’ll love it!
The icing contains cream cheese, but don’t worry, as it doesn’t have this overwhelming cream cheese flavor you might find on carrot cake or banana cake.
55. Hangover Cake
Here’s our attempt at recreating the trending one-bite review videos on TikTok—a copycat bundt cake made at a famous Italian restaurant!
The cake is moist, dense, and laden with the flavor of almond, orange, and vanilla–perfect for those who love rum cake.
56. Tree Stump Cake
Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas!
And no Christmas is complete without this Tree Stump Cake.
Serving this cake to your holiday table will awe everyone with this unique and festive tree bark made with chocolate buttercream frosting.
Make this Christmas Crunch Cake for a gorgeous and delicious holiday treat.
The cake mixes simple ingredients: Graham Crackers, cornflakes, butter, nonpareils, cream cheese, milk, and cool whip.
Put this cake in an airtight container and store it in the freezer or refrigerator if you have leftovers (which is impossible)
The bottom line
These Christmas cakes are full of festive holiday flavor that you may find yourself craving during the season.
With the beautiful decorations and delicious flavors, these are 57 cakes that will impress just about anyone!
- 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
- Prune Cake
- Ube Cake
- Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Fruit Cake
- British Christmas Cake
- Lighter Christmas Cake With Apples & Fruit
- Winter Wonderland White Cake
- Nightmare Before Christmas Cake (Jack Skellington Cake)
- Sally Nightmare Before Christmas Layer Cake
- The Ultimate Vegan Christmas Tree Cake
- Santa’s Workshop Christmas Cake
- Sri Lankan Christmas Cake
- Pandoro Christmas Tree Cake (Italian Christmas Cake)
- Sourdough Coffee Cake
- Carrot Orange Christmas Fruit Cake
- A Well-Fed Christmas Cake
- Black Forest Cake
- Kerala Plum Cake
- Last Minute Christmas Cake (Eggless)
- Low-Carb Keto Christmas Cake
- Boiled Pineapple Christmas Cake
- Christmas Wreath Cake
- Christmas Gift Cake
- Prune Cake
- Ube Cake
- Hangover Cake
- Tree Stump Cake
- Christmas Crunch Cake
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