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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.

8 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This bake is lighter than the traditional rich fruitcake and is a blank canvas to ice and decorate as you wish

1 hr and 55 mins
Easy
4 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

This delicious light fruit sponge is packed with storecupboard staples like nuts and dried fruit, it's also budget-friendly

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
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24 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

If anyone in your family isn't keen on traditional fruitcake, this might be the compromise you've been looking for

2 hrs and 35 mins
Easy
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

Give your Christmas cake a stylish and professional finish this year with this sparkling decoration idea

50 mins
More effort
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

This delightfully indulgent-looking Christmas cake is so simple that even the children can lend a hand

1 hr
Easy
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This festive icing is easy to use, looks amazing and makes a lighter end to a meal. The perfect centrepiece for Christmas tea

20 mins
Easy
19 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This square Christmas cake is cut into two loaf-shaped cakes, so you can give one to a friend

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

Impress your family with Mary Cadogan’s lighter alternative to the traditional Christmas cake

3 hrs and 30 mins
More effort
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

You can make this Christmas cake right at the last minute. The decorating makes a fun holiday project for the kids

4 hrs and 15 mins
More effort
4 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Get the kids to help create this winter wonderland - just make sure you have enough Smarties to nibble on!

30 mins
Easy
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Icing and decorating a Christmas cake may take time but this sweet snowy scene will be a hit with kids

2 hrs
A challenge
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Turn a plain cake into a stunning centre piece. You need a steady hand so save the sherry for after the tricky balancing act!

40 mins
More effort
2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

For a stunning Christmas centrepiece, this cake is perfect. Get the kids to help out making the stars and celebrate in style

3 hrs
A challenge
4 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

A super-simple yet effective Christmas cake decoration, especially if you want a modern looking cake

30 mins
Easy
31 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This traditional Christmas cake is the perfect combination of fruit, nuts and spices

4 hrs
More effort
19 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Packed with almonds, both ground and whole, and fed with raisiny PX sherry, this is intensely fruity - but not overly rich

3 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
20 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Has all the flavours of Christmas without being too heavy and can be made at the last minute too

3 hrs
Easy
10 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

Have fun with the kids over the Christmas holidays making and decorating these easy cakes

45 mins
Easy
27 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

A good glug of ginger wine makes this cake a little different from the norm. It's also lighter than its predecessors, so you can have two pieces!

2 hrs and 50 mins
Easy
5 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

An 'intergalactically special' Christmas cake enriched with the honey-vanilla-whisky flavours of bourbon - it'll improve with keeping so bake it early

3 hrs and 15 mins
A challenge
211 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

An easy-to-make alternative to traditional Christmas cakes which requires no beating

3 hrs and 45 mins
More effort
4 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Leave the tinsel and bling for the Christmas tree and keep it simple with this tasteful finishing touch to your homemade cake

1 hr
Easy
18 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

It's worth having a go at making your own marzipan to cover your Christmas cake - and you can experiment with adding different flavours

20 mins
Easy
14 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Homemade marzipan out does shop-bought every time, if orange isn't your thing try ginger or cinnamon - it's simple too

45 mins
Easy
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