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Make-ahead Christmas dessert recipes

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Try our make-ahead festive dessert recipes for a stress-free Christmas. Make a layered trifle, cheesecake or sumptuous sponge before the big day.


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  • Christmas tree-shaped cake topped with meringues and biscuits

    White forest Christmas tree traybake

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.11 ratings

    Get ahead at Christmas with this showstopping cake boasting white chocolate, cherries and festive spice. You can bake the sponges, meringues and biscuits the day before assembling

  • White forest meringue roulade served on a plate and in slices

    White forest meringue roulade

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.21 ratings

    Try this ultimate make-ahead dessert for Christmas: meringue, white chocolate, cream and cherries are combined to make a luscious centrepiece

  • Irish cream tiramisu served in a baking dish

    Irish cream tiramisu

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.39 ratings

    You can make this no-cook tiramisu ahead to save on time when hosting a party. Made with Irish cream liqueur, it's a truly grown-up dessert

  • 2 white chocolate trifles in serving glasses

    White chocolate trifle

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.5 ratings

    Love trifle? This white chocolate custard and passion fruit combination is really something special – the perfect dessert for a celebration

  • Rocky road cheesecake pudding with sparklers in the top

    Rocky road cheesecake pudding

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.28 ratings

    We've blended two tempting sweet treats – rocky road and cheesecake – to create this irresistible make-ahead dessert.

  • Espresso martini cheesecake garnished with coffee beans

    Espresso martini cheesecake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.11 ratings

    Make this grown-up dessert for a celebration dinner, or as an alternative to Christmas pudding. Spiked with coffee liqueur, it’s sophisticated and luxurious

  • Retro trifle in dessert glass

    Retro trifle

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.13 ratings

    Take trifle to the next level for the festive season. Make the jelly with raspberries and enrich the custard with clotted cream for ultra indulgence

  • One extra-fruity Christmas cake on a white plate

    Extra-fruity Christmas cake

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.6 ratings

    Make this beautifully rich Christmas cake a month ahead of the big day. With brandy-soaked fruit in every bite, it's a taste of the season

  • Rum and raisin millionaire’s chocolate pots served in three small dessert glasses

    Rum & raisin millionaire's chocolate pots

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.5 ratings

    Pair dark chocolate and rum for this grown-up dessert. With raisins and a decadent, hidden layer of salted caramel, they're also completely make-ahead

  • Chocolate orange-tini trifle served in a trifle dessert glass

    Chocolate orange-tini trifle

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Cross a Mississippi mud pie with a marmalade martini and the result is this grown-up Christmas trifle. It makes a wonderful indulgent end to a festive menu

  • A cake stand serving a layered lime cheesecake

    Layered lime cheesecake

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.43 ratings

    Make this stunning layered, citrussy dessert ahead of time if you're entertaining. It's a crowd-pleaser that's part key lime pie, part cheesecake, part trifle

  • A selection of mince pie baklavas

    Mince pie baklava

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.6 ratings

    When a mince pie meets baklava, it’s a match made in Christmas heaven. Serve warm with ice cream for dessert, or cut into smaller bites to enjoy with coffee

  • A tiramisu cheesecake with the first slice cut

    Tiramisu cheesecake

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.29 ratings

    Easy to transport and serve, this is a great dessert to take to a party. Everyone loves tiramisu and everyone loves cheesecake so it's a winner all round

  • Christmas brownies

    Christmas brownies

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.9 ratings

    Chocolate truffles, amaretti biscuits and a few edible Christmas flourishes make these festive brownies an extra-special dessert no one could resist

  • Four mojito possets on a cake stand

    Mojito possets

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Fancy a lighter dessert after a heavy main course? These mojito possets deliver. They have all the flavours of a mojito cocktail, including a rum cream

  • Christmas pudding cheesecake 2016

    Christmas pudding cheesecake

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.44 ratings

    Cross a Christmas pudding with a cheesecake and what do you get? A fantastic alternative festive dessert with a crunchy ginger base and creamy filling

  • Chocolate, orange & hazelnut cake

    Chocolate, orange & hazelnut cake

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.17 ratings

    You'd never guess that this spectacular dessert is dairy-free, decorated with a zesty ganache using orange juice instead of cream

  • Freeze-ahead chocolate & chestnut parfait

    Freeze-ahead chocolate & chestnut parfait

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.3 ratings

    This make-ahead festive dessert is deliciously different and incredibly simple to make, with amaretti biscuits, fresh oranges and double cream

  • Passion layer torte

    Passion layer torte

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.3 ratings

    Get ahead for a dinner party or celebration with this indulgent, fruity cake which can be frozen for up to 2 months

  • Feeding a Christmas cake with alcohol

    Make & mature Christmas cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.341 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

  • Salted caramel cheesecake

    Salted caramel cheesecake

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.38 ratings

    Our make-ahead salted caramel cheesecake means you can serve up a showstopper, save time in the kitchen and spend time with your guests

  • Coffee ice cream terrine served on a board

    Coffee ice cream terrine

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Try this twist on a favourite childhood ice-cream dessert with coffee and chocolate layers. Made with just five ingredients, it's a great make-ahead pud

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