10 Easy Holiday Recipes for Stress-Free Christmas Parties
Milk-Chocolate-Frosted Layer Cake
A sweet, creamy milk chocolate frosting makes this cake impossible to resist.
Chocolate Stout Cake
No need to choose between an after-dinner drink or dessert, thanks to this deliciously indulgent cake.
Molten Chocolate Cake with Caramel Filling
The only thing better than a molten chocolate cake is one filled with sweet, smoky caramel.
Mint Chocolate Chip Cake
Ice cream, cookies and hot fudge come together deliciously in this easy-to-make treat.
Peanut Butter Fudge Cake
A popular candy combination gets super-sized in this outrageously delicious cake.
Pecan-Laced German Chocolate Cake
We love the contrast in textures and flavors in this classic chocolate cake.
Chocolate Angel Food Cake
It's more commonly known as Devil's food, but in this delicious recipe, chocolate is completely divine!
Chocolate Cherry Stack Cake
Moist layers of chocolate cake are stacked with sour-cream cherry frosting for a towering treat.
Chocolate Harvest Cake
A two-tier chocolate cake gets an easy-to-make pumpkin-and-cream-cheese filling. Coated with (more!) chocolate and topped with seasonal fruit, this one’s sure to delight.
Red Velvet Cake
Deep red cake contrasts beautifully with layers of white buttercream frosting in this irresistible dessert.
Chocolate and Vanilla Red Velvet Cake
The only thing that could make traditional red velvet cake even more delicious is a frosting of rich chocolate ganache.
I have no illusions about what lies in wait for me this month. There will be friends coming over for some kind of “function,” whether it’s a block party or a potluck or — it could happen! — a white-tie formal dinner. There will be family staying at my house and expecting to be fed for meal after meal after meal after meal after meal, and no matter how much they help, I’m still the one who has to be in charge. Oh, it makes me sick to think of it.
Which is crazy, because long ago I made one ironclad rule about the holidays: Mom is not allowed to sacrifice herself for the joy of others. She has to have as much fun as everyone else.
For the most part, I follow the rule. It’s only in the entertainment arena that I fall on my face. But this year is going to be different. Because this year I have access to the following party recipes, and they pretty much guarantee that feeding friends and family will be easy and martyr-free. A couple of them could even double as holiday gifts for friends. So let’s crack open the champagne right now!
Wait until you try the world’s most amazing recipe for triple-shot eggnog!