Christmas tree-shaped cake topped with meringues and biscuits

Make-ahead Christmas dessert recipes

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

11 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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

5 hrs
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20 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
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37 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

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

25 mins
Easy
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5 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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

50 mins
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24 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

50 mins
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9 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

50 mins
Easy
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8 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

40 mins
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2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

2 hrs and 50 mins
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3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

10 mins
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1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star 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

1 hr and 15 mins
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41 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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

40 mins
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6 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 35 mins
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27 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

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

40 mins
Easy
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8 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
Easy
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2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
42 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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

30 mins
Easy
15 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 40 mins
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3 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

25 mins
Easy
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 25 mins
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290 ratings 4.7 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
34 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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 

25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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