Christmas Cake Recipes

Christmas dinner isn’t complete without a show-stopping dessert, and we’re highly in favor of a gorgeous Christmas cake. If you’re serving a lighter meal, consider a decadent Bittersweet Chocolate Cake, which shines when served alongside vanilla or coffee ice cream. But Christmas cake options extend way beyond chocolate: there’s pound cake, layer cakes, apple-spice cakes, and more. Covered in shredded coconut and filled with apricot preserves, our Apricot-Coconut Cake is always a crowd-pleaser. Cheesecake is a fun option as well, and can be filled and topped with a variety of festive flavors. We’re partial to this Gingersnap Cherry variety, which has a gingersnap cookie crust and a topping of cherry preserves. Because cakes can require some time (there’s nothing worse than frosting a still-warm cake), designate a family member to take charge of the dessert, which will ensure there’s no last-minute scrambling to get the cake on the table.

This Christmas Tree Is More Elegant (and Way Easier) Than a Gingerbread House

Simple and fun to make, this centerpiece will be the hit of your holiday dessert bar. All you need is your favorite no-fail cookie recipe and some star-shaped cutters.

The Best Cheesecake Recipes

Whether you’re looking for something classic or a creative variation, these creamy, dreamy cheesecakes are sure to fit the bill.

Delicious Layer Cake Recipes

Aiming to impress? Bake up one of these delightful layer cakes—they’re surprisingly easy to create. 

20 Easy Cake Recipes

Baking a cake from scratch doesn’t have to be daunting—try one of these easy recipes for crumb cake, cheesecake, chocolate cake, and more.

6 Tips for Flawless Cakes

Try these foolproof techniques, brought to you from the Real Simple test kitchen.

How to Bake a Great Cake

No sugarcoating here: When you mix two essential cake recipes with 27 easy frosting, filling, and decorating ideas, you end up with 256,620 (really—do the math) delectable options. Sweet!

How to Stack and Frost a Layer Cake    

Get our tips and tricks for stacking and frosting a beautiful, professional-looking cake every time.

Pecan Cake With Rum Frosting

A delightfully nutty cake topped with vanilla-rum frosting, this dessert feels at once humble and downright celebratory. The dense cake, made with a standard buttermilk batter that gets its deep hue from over a cup of ground pecans, slices beautifully, and the finished product is an ideal pairing with a cup of strong coffee, a big glass of milk or even, in deep winter, a spicy hot toddy. Try our Pecan Cake in place of a traditional pie for Thanksgiving or a fall or winter potluck—and don’t be surprised if friends and family ask you to make it again.