Christmas pudding on a plate

Stir-up Sunday recipes

Prepare a homemade Christmas pudding or brandy-soaked Christmas cake before Advent. We also have other festive recipes that you can make ahead and freeze.

136 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Paul Hollywood prefers melt-in-the-mouth pastry for his fruity mince pies, so this recipe is nice and short

1 hr
Easy
28 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
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6 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This pudding is so simple, you almost feel you've cheated - it looks like a Christmas pud but is altogether different

3 hrs
Easy
16 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Not your traditional Christmas pud, but a winner with our food team. A cross between sticky toffee and Christmas pud with a lighter feel

1 hr and 55 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
10 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This pretty twist on a classic German Christmas bake is lightly spiced, filled with mixed dried fruit and marzipan, then dusted with icing sugar

1 hr and 20 mins
A challenge
7 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Give the classic Christmas fruitcake a makeover with cinnamon, rose, orange blossom and tropical mango for a fruity and fragrant cake

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

Impress your guests with this traditional, steamed pudding with a difference - cut to reveal a tender fruit centre and oozing citrus syrup

8 hrs and 45 mins
Easy
14 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

For a real treat this Christmas, try Sara's generously filled mince pies with a cup of tea. They are made with a no-need-to-roll pastry that is similar to shortbread

45 mins
Easy
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

A twist on a festive favourite, adding a layer of creamy custard and a delectable crumbly topping makes an irresistible and more mellow mince pie

45 mins
Easy
1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star rating

This pud is impressive, delicious and makes a great light alternative dessert to a traditional Christmas pudding

3 hrs and 45 mins
More effort
15 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Forgotten to make your Christmas pud? These speedy cakes are the perfect alternative

25 mins
Easy
21 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

A great last-minute alternative to a traditional Christmas pudding - plus it reheats in only five minutes

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

It wouldn't be Christmas without mince pies, and you just can't beat homemade - these can be cooked from frozen for extra ease

40 mins
Easy
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
7 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Indulgent yet wonderfully light, these individual caramel sponges are baked with a sticky toffee sauce - keep in the freezer for a last-minute pud

1 hr
Easy
11 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This syrupy twist on Christmas pud takes no time to prepare and can be steamed or made in the microwave.

1 hr and 50 mins
Easy
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Jazz up your homemade mince pies by adding grated apple and orange zest - try a pretty star shaped lid, finished with a crisp nutty topping

50 mins
Easy
9 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Bake a batch of these sweet German buns over Christmas and enjoy at breakfast or teatime... or both

2 hrs and 45 mins
More effort
219 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
6 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Bake vegan mince pies for a Christmas party, with a cherry and hazelnut filling that everyone will love. We have a great tip for making flaky pastry as well

1 hr and 40 mins
More effort
Vegan
34 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
11 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

These delightful mini fruitcakes make perfect gifts for friends and neighbours

45 mins
Easy
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