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

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. Except we can't. (The family wants presents under the tree ... and they want them wrapped -- picky bunch.)read more

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

Smithfield

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

Total: 18 mins

Hidden Snowman Cake

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Cake

Parents

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.

Santa Claus Cake

Family Circle

Although this festive holiday cake appeals to all ages, it will be a hit at a kids' Christmas party. Hidden under the clever frosting is a fabulous white cake dotted with maraschino cherry bits.

Mint-Chocolate Santa Claus Cake

Family Circle

Kids will love this two-layer peppermint-flavored chocolate cake that's been cleverly frosted to look like Santa Claus.

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.

Mocha Lava Baby Cakes

Better Homes and Gardens
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