Festive cake

Festive cake recipes

48 Recipes

Festive and fruity cakes.

Make & mature Christmas cake

4.521185

(59 ratings)

Prepare this fruit cake in advance and feed it regularly with rum, brandy or whisky to build the flavour and keep it moist
  • 2 hours and 35 mins
  • Easy

Mini Christmas cake

0

(0 ratings)

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

Frosty forest cake

4.5

(2 ratings)

You can make this Christmas cake right at the last minute. The decorating makes a fun holiday project for the kids
  • 4 hours and 15 mins
  • More effort

Shimmering forest cake

4.666665

(3 ratings)

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

Stacked star cake

5

(2 ratings)

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

Boozy chocolate bombes

4.35

(5 ratings)

Showstopping individual coffee sponges with hidden mousse, and a Baileys and white chocolate topping - stunning!
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • A challenge

Simple snow sparkle cake

3.75

(1 rating)

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

Fig & honey Christmas cake

4.923075

(26 ratings)

This traditional Christmas cake is the perfect combination of fruit, nuts and spices
  • 4 hours
  • More effort

Hot toddy fruitcake

4.83784

(37 ratings)

This fabulous Christmas cake can be made and decorated in four very different ways. Just choose your favourite
  • 3 hours and 20 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Sherry & almond Christmas cake

4.63158

(19 ratings)

Packed with almonds, both ground and whole, and fed with raisiny PX sherry, this is intensely fruity - but not overly rich
  • 3 hours and 30 mins
  • Easy

Honey saffron Christmas cake

4.57143

(21 ratings)

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

Gingery Christmas cake

4.73077

(26 ratings)

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 hours and 50 mins
  • Easy

Orlando Murrin's Deluxe Christmas Cake

4.8

(5 ratings)

An 'intergalactically special' Christmas cake enriched with the honey-vanilla-whisky flavours of bourbon - it'll improve with keeping so bake it early
  • 3 hours and 15 mins
  • A challenge

Simmer-&-stir Christmas cake

4.905065

(158 ratings)

An easy-to-make alternative to traditional Christmas cakes which requires no beating
  • 3 hours and 45 mins
  • More effort

Stollen wreath

4.636365

(22 ratings)

BBC Good Food's show-stealing December 08 cover recipe - perfect if you fancy a change from the usual Christmas cake
  • 2 hours and 50 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Easy vanilla marzipan

4.5

(8 ratings)

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

Zesty orange marzipan

4.545455

(11 ratings)

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

Festive fruit & spice decoration

5

(1 rating)

Decorating a simple iced cake with herbs, spices, nuts and fruit works to great effect and is especially easy for beginners to try
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

Cranberry & white chocolate panettone

4

(6 ratings)

The perfect treat to serve up for Boxing Day brunch, panettone is easy to make if you have a food processor fitted with a dough blade
  • 4 hours
  • More effort

Yummy chocolate log

4.652175

(23 ratings)

A Christmas treat the kids will enjoy helping to make, with an unusual minty filling
  • 40 mins
  • More effort

Frosted candy cake

0

(0 ratings)

Give your cake a personal touch this Christmas with this cute and simple design
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

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