Our easiest ever Christmas cake recipes

Get ahead this festive season and make one of our easiest ever Christmas cakes. Go for a classic mix, a fruity alternative or a last-minute lifesaver

Christmas cake with whisky and fruit in bowl

The crowning glory of festive desserts, the Christmas cake is a must-have treat for December. Stuffed with fruit, spiced to perfection and laced with your favourite boozy concoctions, no one can resist a slice of traditional fruit cake. If the classic recipe isn't your thing, try one of our fun twists like mini Christmas cupcakes, a tropical mango version or a punchy ginger bake to bring the heat. Watch our video and learn how to ice a cake for a flawless finish.

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Traditional Christmas cakes

Do stir up Sunday right this year and bake up a boozy masterpiece worthy of the grandest Christmas table. Get your mixing bowls and most impressive aprons at the ready and cook up some Christmas magic. 
 

Classic make and mature christmas cake

Christmas cake in tin with skewer and whisky
Our make & mature Christmas cake is a confirmed classic. You can make this cake up to three months in advance and feed it fortnightly with either rum, brandy or whisky to build up the flavour and keep it moist. If you'd rather not use alcohol, try tea, fruit juice or a flavoured syrup. The mix of warming, aromatic spices go well with the fruit and makes for a marvellously moreish slice. 
 

Sherry & almond Christmas cake

Slice of Christmas cake on plate
This sherry & almond Christmas cake is packed with crunchy nuts, plump fruit, zesty orange juice and fed with a sweet, raisiny PX sherry for an intensely fruity flavour. You can make it in advance but it's also delicious freshly made if you don't have time. Once you've taste it, we guarantee it'll become an annual tradition in your house. Want to try something different this year? Get some inspiration for fun Christmas cake decoration ideas
 

Buttered rum Christmas cake

Christmas cake on platter with ribbons
Our buttered rum Christmas cake is the ultimate crowd-pleaser and it only gets better as it keeps. The spiced dark rum goes perfectly with the intense dried fruit, orange zest and apple juice. This ultra-indulgent, full-flavoured cake has the perfect balance of sweetness, fresh citrus flavours and punchy liquor. Try decorating it like our midwinter candle cake or our sparkly bauble cake for a colourful showstopper. 
 

Spiced vanilla Christmas cake

Christmas cake on cooling rack in greaseproof paper
Together with the traditional spices, this simple Christmas cake adds a dash of vanilla and rosewater for a delicately flavoured mix that won't be too overpowering. Even people who don't like Christmas cake will be going back for seconds. This simple storecupboard cake is one you'll come back to every year. 

Last-minute Christmas cakes

Don't fancy feeding your cake for weeks on end? We have quick fixes you can bake up at short notice, that are still filled with all the flavours of the season. Whether you fancy a filling slice of our fruity loaf cake or a bite-sized cupcake, we have a recipe for every occasion. 
 

Christmas cupcakes

Christmas cupcakes with gold wrappers on stand
Our classy little Christmas cupcakes are the perfect portable versions of your favourite bake. They make great gifts or sweet party nibbles. With all the classic spices, a dash of booze, mixed fruit and a marzipan topping, you won't miss any of those all-important festive flavours. Kids will love getting involved in the decoration, snowflakes and sprinkles at the ready! 

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Hot little christmas cakes

Christmas cake with ice cream on plate
Our speedy hot Christmas cakes are a handy alternative to your usual labour of love. Forget months of feeding, these mouth-watering mini sponges can be plated up in just 25 minutes. They're also fine to make ahead of time and freeze. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, custard or a boozy cream for an extra dose of decadence. For anyone who doesn't want uneaten Christmas cake sitting around after the big day, this is a simple no-fuss option. 
 

Last-minute loaf cake

Loaf cake cut into slices with tea
Unexpected guests and no Christmas cake to serve? Our last-minute loaf is beautifully moist, squidgy and has all the flavours of a cake that's been maturing since November, no one needs to know. If you're serving to kids as well, substitute the final drizzle of brandy for apple juice. Dust with a snowy shower of icing sugar before slicing and serving with a cuppa. 

Alternative Christmas cakes

Whether you need a versatile vegan dessert to satisfy everyone's dietary needs or something a little different to 'wow' your guests, we have a whole host of creative Christmas cakes to bring the spirit of the season to your kitchen. 
 

Vegan Christmas cake

Christmas cake with rum and paper on board
No one needs to miss out on festive goodies with our easy vegan Christmas cake. You can create this lip-smacking fruit cake with clever substitutes like chia seeds and coconut oil in place of eggs and butter. You can feed it as you normally would with a spoonful of rum every week until the big day. Your guests won't believe it's all plant-based goodness.
 

Mango & orange blossom cake

Christmas cake with holly decoration and slice cut
Give the classic fruitcake a makeover with orange blossom and tropical mango for a mellow, fragrant slice. This unusual Christmas treat is fed with orange blossom water and orange juice for a slightly sweet, citrus flavour we can't resist. Even if you're not planning on getting ahead, this cake tastes just as delicious a day or two after baking. 
 

Ginger wine Christmas cake

Christmas cake with knife and slice cut
A generous glug of ginger wine turns this traditional bake into a light and spicy treat that's perfect for teatime. It draws on flavours from Yorkshire parkin, with plenty of fiery ginger which is sure to warm you up on a chilly winter's day. If conventional Christmas cake leaves you cold this lighter gingery christmas cake is as far from stodge as it gets. 
 

Golden amaretti Christmas cake

Christmas cake with stars and amaretti biscuits
Mix modern and traditional with our sparkly golden amaretti Christmas cake. This impressive-looking pud uses a virtually all-in-one method so no need to stress over delicate mixing or a multi-step mess. The crunchy amaretti biscuits make a nice addition to the rich fruitcake and the Christmassy sprinkles and gold spray make this a top party piece.  
 

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