Our best Christmas desserts

Keep everyone sweet this Christmas with our favourite festive desserts. We have recipes ranging from traditional puddings to modern mince pies and brownies.

Chocolate Christmas pudding with chocolate icing topped with cherries on plate

'Tis the season to indulge – and how better to do that than with a festive pud. Whether you have a penchant for traditional mince pies and Christmas pudding or crave something completely different, we have an easy recipe to satisfy your dinner guests. So, carve out some 'me' time in the kitchen, put the Christmas music on and bake up a storm. 

1. The ultimate Christmas brownies

Brownies topped with truffles, biscuits and rosemary with icing sugar
Festive flourishes and edible add-ons make these brownies extra special. Sprinkle over crunchy amaretti biscuits, rich chocolate truffles and a spritz of edible gold spray, then watch jaws drop as you bring them to the table. Dust with icing sugar to create a snowy scene.

If you'd like another Christmassy take on brownies where the presentation has even more wow factor, spend a little more time to make our mulled wine brownie surprise. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

2. Christmas pudding cheesecake 

Christmas cheesecake topped with clementines with slice taken
Do your family and friends prefer a slice of cheesecake to a scoop of Christmas pudding? Give them our Christmas pudding cheesecake to get all the classic flavours of Christmas in a smoother, creamier package. A glug of brandy brightens up a rich vanilla mix on a crunchy ginger base. 

Try a slice with a cup of our cinnamon butter rum or Christmas coffee

3. White chocolate, orange & cranberry Christmas cake

White chocolate cake with meringues, gold leaf and snowflakes
If you're not a fan of traditional fruitcake, bake our white chocolate, orange & cranberry sponge topped with pretty meringue kisses and gold leaf. We actually have 3 inspiring designs to decorate this cake. Whichever one you go for, it's bound to be a hit.

Want more advice on festive finishing touches? See our guide on how to decorate a Christmas cake

4. Salted caramel yule log

Salted caramel yule log topped with red berries on silver board
Salted caramel takes centre stage in our recipe for a stunning bûche de Noël, topped with redcurrants and a dusting of icing sugar. This modern showstopper has soft sponge and smooth caramel icing that we could eat by the spoonful.

For a super simple but no less delicious version, try our easiest ever no-bake chocolate yule log

5. Mince pie baklava

Mince pies baklava in pieces on blue background with snowflakes
Serve up these mincemeat-filled baklava bites with ice cream for a Christmas dessert with a difference, or enjoy with a warming cup of coffee. You can achieve professional-looking pastries using ready-made ingredients and clever shortcuts. Box them up for an unusual homemade gift. 

Try our 5 ways with mince pies for more recipe makeovers. 

6. Malted milk melting snowman cake

Malted snowman cake with drippy icing in winter scene
You'll be walking on air after trying our edible snowman cake complete with decorative buttons, creamy icing, drippy ganache and a fondant carrot nose. Get the kids involved in decorating this spectacular sponge and keep little hands busy. You won't find a cuter Christmas cake out there. 

Check out our Christmas cake collection for more fun, festive bakes.

7. Golden amaretti Christmas cake

Golden fondant Christmas cake with white icing and amaretti biscuits with slice removed
Here, we bring you the perfect mix of trend and tradition all wrapped up in our amaretti Christmas cake. An almost all-in-one method means it's easy to prepare, saving you stress in the kitchen. Scatter over some almondy biscuits and candied almonds for a casual but creative finishing touch. 

8. Chocolate orange bombe

Chocolate iced bombe on platter
We love a surprise at Christmas and this chocolate orange bombe, with its hidden cream cheese and cranberry filling, doesn't disappoint. Impressive to look at and easy to execute, this stunning pud is one for impressing a crowd. 

You can also make some cake truffles with your unused cake crumbs and leftover chocolate. Simply scoop your mix into balls and roll into truffles, then dust with cocoa and chill until you're ready to scoff 'em. 

9. Black Forest trifle 

Black forest trifle in dish topped with cherries
Trifle is a Christmas classic, but you can reinvent it in countless ways. James Martin's Black Forest trifle is a beauty, but it won't keep you tied to the kitchen. It needs just a few key ingredients (some of them, shop-bought) and careful assembly to achieve a creamy, dreamy, kirsch-laced delight.

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