A Christmas cake is the centerpiece of your holiday meal. After you’re stuffed with turkey and all the fixings, the only thing left is to tuck into your cake! We love both the traditional fruitcakes, but there are some amazing modern options too. You can turn any of your regular cake recipes into a beautiful Christmas cake with some simple changes. Use red or green food coloring in your white icing to kick up the colors. If you make a plain chocolate cake, try topping it with crushed candy cane pieces. Your local cake decorating supply store will also have pre-made Christmas sugar decorations you can use on top.

Check out our diverse list of the top 16 Christmas cake recipes that we have found for you!

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16. Tie-Dye Christmas Wreath Cake

This beautiful cake is fun to make and intriguing to look at. Your kids with love helping you make it. Just take a white cake mix and divide it into three. Color one part red, one part green, and leave the last natural. Take turns layering the mixture into the pan. After it cooks, you’ll get a wicked final product that will wow your guests.

15. White Christmas Tree Toppers

You don’t have to have fancy baking skills to make a stunning Christmas cake! This idea shows you how you can create a few adorable Christmas tree toppers out of chocolate and pretzels to instantly upgrade any store-bought cake! It’s so easy you have to try it.

14. Cranberry Upside Down Cake

There’s something so festive about cranberries. They have a beautiful red color, perfect for Christmas. They have a tangy tart yet sour flavor, and with the help of some sugar, they make a beautiful dessert. This cake really highlights the humble cranberry and gives it a French cake kick.

13. Christmas Fruitcake

This wonderful fruitcake gets its flavor from Marsala and brandy. It’s topped with apricot jam and marzipan. You can find marzipan in tubes at your larger grocery stores or a baking supply shop. It’s made from ground almonds and sugar and has a lovely nutty flavor. You can shape marzipan into almost any form.

12. Peppermint Meringue Cake

This beautiful cake is a show stopper. Layers of cake and meringue are brought together with a fudge-like icing. Each bite will be chocolatey, chewy, and moist. Make this cake extra Christmasy by topping with crushed candy canes instead of the raspberries.


11. Gingerbread Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread houses always remind me of the holidays. It’s a fun activity that children and adults alike can enjoy creating together. So take your gingerbread house making skills one step further and create this festive cake. A moist ginger cake is paired with a delicious cream cheese frosting.

10. Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake

Along with gingerbread, cranberries are also popularly enjoyed during the holidays! We often enjoy cranberries in a sauce for turkey dinner, in beverages and even use them for decor. Here, cranberries are in the pound cake and used on top for a garnish too. This luxurious pound cake contains sweet flavors of cranberry but also white chocolate.

9. Spiced Eggnog Cake

When eggnog hits the stores we know that the holiday season has begun. This beloved Christmas beverage is loved by so many. So why not take the flavors you love about a perfect holiday drink and transform them into a stunning cake you can enjoy during the holidays! This cake has a boozy touch from the spiked rum cake and is paired with a cream cheese frosting and white chocolate ganache.

8. Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

This chocolate chip coffee cake is exploding with intriguing flavors such as sour cream, nuts, chocolate and of course, coffee! The wreath shape is simply created from a bundt pan. This won’t take long to make and you can enjoy it Christmas morning or any time with friends and family during the holidays.


7. Peppermint Fudge Cake

Enjoy a fudgy chocolate cake smothered in a peppermint frosting. This blogger strategically only put peppermint flavor in the buttercream frosting to prevent an overpowering taste of peppermint. The cake looks stunning and each bite will remind you of the holidays.

6. Christmas Red Velvet Poke Cake

Red velvet cake would be perfect for Christmas because of it’s vibrant color. This recipe requires simple store-bought ingredients and requires minimal effort to put together. The filling is made of a creamy vanilla pudding and you can garnish the cake with festive snowflakes and red and green sprinkles.

5. Santa’s Belt Surprise-Inside Cake

A surprise cake would be an excellent idea for the holidays. It looks stunning untouched but once you cut into it, that’s where the real surprise will be. This cake is a lot easier to create than you might think and requires just a few simple ingredients. Follow the tutorial so you can create your own fun surprise cake this Christmas!

4. Festive Cranberry Orange And Walnut Cake

This cake would be another great option for Christmas. Garnished and filled with cranberries and flavored with zesty orange and bold walnuts. What I love about this cake is that it’s simple, yet stunning. There aren’t any extravagant frosting techniques needed here, instead, a frosted cranberry crown adds the perfect finishing touch.


3. Chocolate Cranberry Christmas Mini Cakes

Instead of making one cake to share why not create these mini cakes to share with friends and family this holiday season. This happens to be a vegan-friendly, nut-free and gluten-free cake. Although, don’t worry the fantastic flavors will have you focusing on what’s in it instead of what is missing.

2. Christmas Vanilla Roll Cake

If you love simple and delicious cakes then you’ll love this recipe. This sweet vanilla cake is rolled with a dreamy buttercream frosting and is topped with festive red and green sprinkles. Follow the recipe and discover how easy it is to put together.

1. Vanilla Bean Pistachio Cake

A pistachio cake may not scream Christmas but you have to admit it is stunning and the soft green will fit in perfectly with your holiday decor. The fluffy vanilla bean cake is paired with an irresistible pistachio frosting. Garnish the cake with pistachio pieces and green rosettes.

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