Festive cake

Festive cake recipes

48 Recipes

Festive and fruity cakes.

Make & mature Christmas cake

4.546155

(65 ratings)

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 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

4.92857

(28 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

4.90964

(166 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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