Best… Stylish dessert
The dessert of the season? This layered slice of caramel mousse, crunchy chocolate biscuit, salted caramel and nougat mousse has serious visual clout thanks to its glossy finish and defined interior.
£9.99, from Waitrose
We loved the buttery dough of this budget bread. It’s evenly filled with dried fruits and the bread has a nice rise to it and tears apart beautifully.
£3.99, from Lidl
Best… Party pudding
Consisting of deliciously indulgent caramel mousse and choux pastry with chocolate decorations on top, this extra-special pud means business. The pastry has good texture and doesn’t go soggy – a winner all-round.
£12, from Sainsbury’s
This affordable log has a thick layer of almonds running across the top and looks really impressive. It is sweet, squidgy, fruity and very moreish.
£4.99, from Aldi
Best… Christmas pudding
This was our stand-out favourite pudding. The flavours blend well with a hint of treacle, whole nuts and a touch of booze.
£7.99, from Lidl
Best… Special diet Christmas pudding
This gluten-free offering is a sweet, mild pudding, with a good coarse texture and fruity flavours. This has more citrus notes than other puds we tried.
£3.99, from Sainsbury’s
Best… Family cake
Co-op Loved by Us snowman cake
This cute cake is small but enough to feed eight children. Thin icing covers good Madeira sponge with a cream and jam filling.
£6, from Co-op
Best… Christmas cake
This cake is one elegant and boozy festive number. The double-tier, sticky cake comes with pretty decorations, soft icing and great chunks of fruit and nut.
£20, from Tesco
This cake was the most attractive gluten-free cake we tried. It has a sticky middle with an added hit of booze plus the elegant decoration would look beautiful on any table.
£12, from M&S