The best Christmas cakes both taste delicious and look stunning on our Christmas table.
And I have for you here, my top 10 best Christmas cake recipes that do just that.
There really is a Christmas cake here for everyone from traditional British fruit cake, French Yule log, Italian panettone and German stollen to gorgeously modern alternatives.
And there are both super simple and slightly more complex Christmas cake ideas that you can either make ahead or throw together very fast, last minute …
- Christmas Truffle Cakes
- Chocolate Christmas Cakes
- Italian Panettone
- French Yule Logs
- Traditional British Christmas Cake
- Gingerbread House Cakes
- Christmas Ginger Cakes
- Christmas Bundt Cakes
- Christmas Apple Cakes
I do hope you find a Christmas cake recipe here you love.
Christmas Truffle Cakes
If you’re looking for a stylish but easy Christmas cake, this white chocolate truffle cake should be perfect. It would look beautiful with minimalist Christmas decor …
Or for a still super stylish alternative make Delia Smith’s classic chocolate truffle torte …
Chocolate Christmas Cakes
If you do adore chocolate cakes there are all sort of wonderful ways to make stunning chocolate Christmas cakes with a twist.
Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
This Christmas chocolate cake is a little harder then some of the other recipes but looks super elegant so is definitely worth the extra time.
Spicy Chocolate Cake
This cream cheese frosted chocolate Christmas cake is spiced with ginger and cinnamon …
Cranberry Chocolate Cake
And this chocolate expresso Christmas cranberry cake is filled with sour cream, mascarpone and cranberries …
Sugar Free Chocolate Cake
Chocolate cake can also be one of the best ways to make a sugar free Christmas cake like this spiced chocolate torte …
Panettone is of course the most popular Italian Christmas cake.
This delicious yet super easy Italian panettone recipe is a wonderful, traditional Christmas cake.
If you are one of those people who find panettone – dare I say it! – a little dry, you have to try this amazing panettone Christmas cake recipe from Nigella which takes a bought panettone and turns it into a sort of stunningly scrumptious Christmas tiramisu cake …
Christmas Yule Logs
In France a yule log – or Buche de Noel – traditionally takes pride of place as Christmas cake on the Christmas table.
Classic Buche De Noel
This classic French yule log is super light with it’s delicious whipped cream filing.
Yule Log With Marzipan
If you adore marzipan on your Christmas cake, you have to try this gorgeous yule log recipe which looks trickier than it is and could be simplified further by just using whipping cream and powdered sugar for the filling as in the previous recipe …
Stollen bread is great if you want to eat traditional German Christmas food, however it takes quite a while to prepare so I wouldn’t advise it if you’re in a hurry.
If you are gluten-free – or have anyone gluten free in the family – stollen might seem like a non-starter as it is such a bready Christmas cake but gluten free stollen as in the recipe below can be delicious …
Traditional British Christmas Cakes
British Christmas cake is best made well in advance so if you are considering this recipe you will probably want to make this cake sometime in November.
Easy British Christmas Cake
If you’re looking for a quicker and simpler traditional Christmas cake this could be the one for you.
Traditional Gluten Free Christmas Cake
If you’re gluten free or know someone else who is you can still enjoy a traditional Christmas cake with this gluten free Christmas cake recipe.
Gingerbread House Cakes
Nothing says Christmas quite like a gingerbread house but they can be sooo stressful to build.
Getting the walls strong enough and straight enough to support the roof can be a nightmare and this year our creation was more Harry Potter inspired gingerbread shrieking shack than cute chalet!!
A gingerbread house cake is a brilliant alternative as it still shouts Christmas cute but is far less likely to fall down.
This simple little cake top house on top of a cream cheese frosted ginger cake is much easier to build …
And this gingerbread house cake looks stunning but is still much simpler to get standing up and keep standing up on your Christmas table (the recipe is in French but the Google translation is easy to follow ) …
Christmas Ginger Cakes
If you really haven’t the patience to make any kind of gingerbread house – or are too scarred by previous attempts!! – try this fabulous alternative which again shouts Christmas but really can’t fall down …
Or for a beautifully paired back alternative simply make a classic ginger cake and decorate with scrapings of butter cream frosting and garlands of thyme …
Christmas Bundt Cakes
Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake
This stunning cranberry and orange cake is wonderfully moist and easy to make and would look lovely with rustic Christmas decorations.
Chocolate Bundt Cake With Sugared Rosemary
Or try the chocolate Christmas bundt cake with sugared cranberries & rosemary below.
It also comes with super handy tips on how to prep your bundt tin and exactly how many minutes to leave your cake in the tin so that your Christmas cake comes out cleanly …
Christmas Apple Cakes
Christmas apple cakes – or Weihnachten Apfelkuchen – are a classic Christmas cake favourite in Germany and always found at German Christmas markets.
Traditionally German Christmas apple cake is somewhere between a cake and an apple pie as in this recipe …
Jamie Oliver’s Gluten Free Apple Christmas Cake
But for a completely different take on a Christmas apple cake try this fabulous gluten free apple Christmas cake from Jamie Oliver …
I really hope you enjoyed these top 10 best Christmas cake recipes. For more scrumptious Christmas food ideas do check out these other posts.