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.

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