Christmas Cakes and Cupcakes

Treat your family and friends to something sweet this Christmas with Food Network's most-festive dessert recipes.
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Buche de Noel

Transform your holiday dessert spread into a fantasyland by serving traditional French buche de Noel, or yule log cake. Rich chocolate genoise (sponge cake) is rolled in a coffee- and brandy-flavored buttercream, then decorated with marzipan berries, pinecones and mushrooms. The look of awe on your guests' faces will be well worth the effort.

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Cupcake Christmas Tree

Transform basic chocolate cupcakes into a stunning centerpiece for your Christmas dessert spread by generously coating the frosted tops with green sprinkles or jimmies and fastening them onto a Styrofoam cone using toothpicks.

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Stollen

This traditional German dessert dazzled with candied fruit and nuts can be served plain or topped with powdered sugar or icing.

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Sticky Toffee Pudding

For the final act in your holiday meal, whip up this gooey cake made with sweet rum-soaked dates and generously topped with toffee sauce.

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Cranberry and Cornmeal Cake with Caramel-Walnut Topping Sauce

Giada De Laurentiis' moist cornmeal cake combines some of the season's quintessential flavors, like tart cranberries and citrus in the form of fresh orange zest. Finish it off with a drizzle of caramel-walnut sauce for an extra-sweet touch.

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Moist Chocolate Cake Christmas Trees

Cone-shaped paper cups that you can find in your local drug store are key to pulling off these moist chocolate Christmas trees. Once they've cooled, decorate the cakes with melted chocolate and festive red, green and silver candies.

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Holiday Cupcakes

For a sweet and celebratory Christmas treat, Sandra Lee tops moist peppermint-cranberry cupcakes with white icing and colorful candies. Follow her easy steps for creating festive Santa and reindeer toppers using marshmallows, pretzel sticks, jelly beans and more.

Get the Recipe: Holiday Cupcakes