Christmas Cake

Don't forget to add cakes to your list of Christmas desserts to bake. Whether you're baking up coffee cake for a neighbor, cupcakes for the school Christmas play, or a showstopping, triple-layered cake, you'll find what you're looking for in these holiday dessert recipes.

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A Christmas Cake Turns 100 (Fruitcake, Eat Your Heart Out)

Just when you were about to make another joke at the expense of Aunt Edna's annual fruitcake, may be we present to you--Little Drummer Boy, a drum roll, please--America's oldest Christmas cake! The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports a holiday spice cake dating back 100 years has held up rather nicely. Where did the seven-inch, double-layer confection featuring decorative mints and now-petrified nuts come from?

Poppy Seed Cake

Food & Wine

Lauren Chattman brings out the taste of the poppy seeds in this cake by soaking them in hot water. She lightly crushes the seeds in a blender before mixing them into the batter. (Recipe adapted from Cake Keeper Cakes.)

Total: 2 hrs

Pinecone Cakes

Better Homes and Gardens

Sliced almonds transform simple cakes into festive pinecones. Look for slivers with a bit of skin showing for a more realistic result.

Paula's Red and Green Velvet Holiday Cake


Paula's holiday twist on her Grandmother Paul's recipe.

Total: 18 mins

7 Super-Easy Cake Mix Christmas Cookies: Best of the Blogs

It seems we just never have enough Christmas cookies on hand this time of year. Just when we get a batch made, it's like we turn around and half of them are gone (just a couple days' worth of after-school snacking is enough to do that). Add in a variety of potlucks, cookie-swaps with our neighbors and, you know, a few for ourselves (ahem), and it's like we could spend the month of December working our own at-home cookie factory.

Hidden Snowman Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

Hiding vanilla snowmen inside this decadent chocolate cake is easier than it looksand it makes for a festive dessert for any special holiday event.

Christmas Ornament Cupcakes

Better Homes and Gardens

Decorate your choice of cake mix to create flavorful Christmas ornament cupcakes. Tint creamy white frosting with different colors, cut white rolled fondant icing into shapes, and add luster dust for a light sheen.

Total: 1 hr 30 mins

White Christmas Peppermint Layer Cake

Midwest Living

A snowfall of crushed peppermint candies on the outside of this luscious layered dessert hints at the minty frosting between each fluffy cake inside.

Hazelnut Truffle Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

Hazelnut liqueur gives this decadent truffle cake a boost of nutty flavor. A whipped cream topping and chocolate-hazelnut spread makes the cake a great choice for an indulgent dessert offering.

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Cake


For a unique twist on fruitcake, try this gingerbread-flavored cake that bakes completely in your slow cooker (to save oven space for your holiday roast).

Gianduja Mousse Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

Mint-Chocolate Cheesecake

Midwest Living

Creme de menthe adds a hint of mint to this chocolate-topped cheesecake. This is a gorgeous dessert to serve for the holidays.

Lemon Ginger Molasses Cake

Ladies' Home Journal
Total: 2 hrs

Gingered Carrot Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

Talk about charisma! Carrot cake has been charming dessert lovers since the 1960s. This recipe surprises with dried fruit bits and grated fresh ginger.

German Nut Cake

Midwest Living

Make this elegant almond cake a new holiday tradition at your house.

White Christmas Butter Cake

Midwest Living

This moist three-layer cake will shine at even the most elegant parties. It's frosted with a mixture of cream cheese and white chocolate.

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