15 Very Merry Christmas Cakes

Treat your family and friends to something sweet with one of these holiday-worthy confections.

October 27, 2022

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Spread Some Cheer

Cookies, cupcakes, candies and more: there’s no shortage of sweet treats during the holidays. When it comes to the perfect finish for your holiday feast, however, nothing compares to a cake. What’s not to love about layer upon layer of sweetness? Whether you make a towering masterpiece, a simple Bundt topped with glaze or a dump cake finished with whipped cream, it’s guaranteed to please. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Christmas cake recipes. There’s truly something for every kind of baker in this roundup — including this showstopper that’s perfect for anyone ready to test their skills. Swirls of buttercream, candy snowflakes and a flurry of sprinkles bring red velvet cake to life, transforming into a confection that’s full of holiday spirit.

Get the Recipe: Christmas Wreath Layer Cake

Jingle Bell Bundt Cake

The secret to keeping this simple (yet stunning) cake nice and moist? Olive oil. Don’t be tempted to substitute for another oil; olive oil’s distinctive flavor pairs beautifully with the rich almond undertones in this dessert.

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Melting Snowman Cake

A double-stack of peppermint-swirled bundts make for an impressive "hill" on which to place an adorable snowman. Sure, he's a little panicked dripping down the sides (!) — but we can't help but smile at his cute face.

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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.

Get the Recipe: Buche de Noel

Gingerbread Waffle Cake with Peppermint Frosting

This easy, festive cake is perfect for any winter celebration. Go nuts with the decorations, if you like. You can use candy canes, gumdrops or pretty much any holiday-centric candy that helps conjure up that gingerbread-house mood.

Get the Recipe: Gingerbread Waffle Cake with Peppermint Frosting

Twinkling Christmas Tree Lights Cake

It's easy to upgrade a store-bought cake for the holidays. All you need is a tube of sparkle gel and some sour candies. Enlist the kids to help with the design!

Get the Recipe: Twinkling Christmas Tree Lights Cake

Eggnog Dump Cake

Dump eggnog, cake mix and a few other ingredients into your cake pan and you’ll achieve something magical: a supremely easy dessert with a custardy vanilla top and crumbly cake bottom. For an extra-festive presentation, serve it topped with ground nutmeg, whipped cream and caramel sauce.

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Norwegian Cream Cake (Bløtkake)

Molly says, "Blotkake is a celebratory Norwegian layer cake that's decorated with whipped cream and fresh berries. I first had it at a Syttende Mai (Norwegian Constitution Day) party and have also had it at my husband's family's Christmas parties. This recipe is based on his family's recipe and was transcribed from a scribbley old notecard."

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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Christmas Tree Cake

No special cake pan is needed to make this impressive 3D Christmas Tree Cake: cleverly arranged and stacked squares of sheet cake are frosted and decorated with edible "lights." There's even a festive star topper.

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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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Chocolate Reindeer Cake

When cut, each slice of this adorable holiday cake resembles one of Santa's reindeer.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Reindeer Cake

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.

Get the Recipe: Cranberry and Cornmeal Cake with Caramel-Walnut Topping Sauce

Peppermint Layer Cake with Candy Cane Frosting

This white layer cake with gooey peppermint-flavored frosting and crushed candy canes is a project — but so worth it. It's a great addition to any holiday dessert table!

Get the Recipe: Peppermint Layer Cake with Candy Cane Frosting

The Best Fruitcake

Fruitcakes have become the punchline of many a holiday joke, but this recipe will give the notorious seasonal gift a whole new reputation. Filled with loads of real dried fruit and nuts along with brandy, warm spices and citrus, this cake tastes like the holidays.

Get the Recipe: The Best Fruitcake