Christmas cake in pan with spoon

Christmas cake recipes

Celebrate Christmas with a rich, moist fruitcake, or perhaps a modern sponge-based creation. We've got all the recipes you need and tips for decorating, too.

194 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Bake this festive fruit cake in advance of Christmas and feed it regularly with rum, brandy or whisky to build the flavour and keep it moist

2 hrs and 35 mins
Easy
5 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Try sponge instead of fruit cake this Christmas. Our white chocolate cake is a crowd-pleaser and you can buy the meringue decorations, or bake them yourself

3 hrs and 5 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
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2 ratings 2.7 out of 5 star rating

A great Christmas bake for kids over the holidays. You can use a buttercream to ice the cake, but this frosting is much whiter if you want a snowy effect

1 hr and 35 mins
Easy
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Try a modern twist on a traditional Christmas cake with this salted caramel version. Laced with chunks of toffee and dates, plus a crunchy, nutty topping, it’s a real treat

3 hrs and 15 mins
Easy
17 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

A mix of trend and tradition, this is one of the easiest Christmas cakes we've ever created, with a virtually all-in-one method that'll save you some stress

3 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
6 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Get in the seasonal spirit with this stunning snowman cake. It will be a hit with the whole family and kids will love getting involved with the decorating

1 hr and 30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Try this lighter version of a classic Christmas fruitcake, bursting with festive spice and juicy fruit. Decorate with candied fruit and glacé cherries

3 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
10 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Mix dried fruit, nuts, cranberries and maple syrup on Stir-up Sunday for this crowd-pleasing Christmas cake that improves as it keeps

3 hrs and 45 mins
Easy
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This bright and kitsch design is a modern way to decorate a traditional Christmas fruit cake for a showstopping centrepiece

5 hrs and 15 mins
More effort
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Cover just the top of your Christmas cake with icing, then use cinnamon sticks, ribbon and tea lights for an easy yet attractive decorative finish

4 hrs and 45 mins
Easy
2 ratings 2.2 out of 5 star rating

This is the perfect decoration for your Christmas fruitcake if you're unsure of your piping skills - this pretty and easy icing is sure to impress

1 hr
More effort
7 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Give the classic Christmas fruitcake a makeover with cinnamon, rose, orange blossom and tropical mango for a fruity and fragrant cake

3 hrs and 50 mins
Easy
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Cut into this stunning cake to reveal gold layers of vanilla and spice sponges. Top with our chocolate Christmas trees or try candy canes or chocolate snowflakes

1 hr and 30 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

Try this snowy icing to jazz up a classic Christmas cake, then top with paper doilies and add LED tea lights for an extra special touch

30 mins
Easy
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Easily turn a classic fruitcake into cute personalised gifts or place markers for Christmas lunch with fondant icing and cocktail

1 hr and 30 mins
Easy
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Nancy Birtwhistle's last-minute Christmas cake is packed with fruit and festive spices, then iced and decorated with three edible reindeer

3 hrs and 15 mins
More effort
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

A stunning cake that uses the 'boiling method' to plump up dried fruit. Decorate with pistachio paste trees and swirles of fluffy icing

5 hrs and 15 mins
More effort
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Turn one fruitcake into two with these festive ideas - this one is a decorative holly ring with fondant icing (find the second recipe in 'goes well with')

1 hr and 15 mins
A challenge
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Make our wreath cake (see 'goes well with') and use the spare middle section to create a small gift decorated with classic marzipan and fondant icing

25 mins
Easy
2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

This crunchy, sugar-snow topping is an easy way to transform a humble fruitcake into a celebration centrepiece

20 mins
Easy
4 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

A versatile and light fruitcake with a hint of spice and plenty of juicy cranberries and cherries - ice as you wish!

1 hr and 55 mins
Easy
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

Bring a little magic to your Christmas cake with a simple snow globe and colourful sprinkles - kids will love helping to decorate!

5 hrs and 15 mins
Easy
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

Decorate your cake with classic white icing and marzipan and then top with a playful seasonal motif

1 hr
More effort
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This easy almond cake topping makes for a beautiful golden decoration suitable for any special occasion fruitcake

20 mins
Easy
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