Impress your holiday guests with a show-stopping cake that tastes as great as it looks on the dessert table. Here are 42 of our favorite festive cake recipes.
Mrs. Billett's White Cake
We don't remember who Mrs. Billet is, but she's a cake-lover's best friend. Use a heavy-duty electric stand mixer for best
results. Also, lining the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper ensures that the layers come out of the pans with ease.
A little coconut flour (look for it with specialty flours) adds extra nutty essence. But don't get overzealous and use more
than we specify; because this flour lacks the gluten of wheat-based cake flour, it would wreck the structure.
This smooth and creamy chocolate velvet batter is not a traditional pound cake batter, but is the batter used for many popular
Southern Living chocolate layer cakes. However, it works fine to use this batter for a cake baked in a tube pan. Top with
powdered sugar or a chocolate ganache for an extra special holiday touch.
Round out your holiday meal with a slice of this gingerbread cake topped with a sweet and gooey brown sugar-pineapple topping.
Make sure to use a cast iron or heavy oven-proof skillet when preparing this dessert.
We can’t think of a better use for candy canes than lining them up all around the sides of a chocolate-and-peppermint flavored
cheesecake. This easy garnishing idea results in one very impressive cake.
A rich whipped chocolate ganache filling is the happy surprise when you slice into this decadent chocolate layer cake. Frost
with 7-Minute Frosting and decorate with festive candied orange slices, citrus leaves and cranberries.
This stunning white cake features a brilliantly-colored cranberry filling and a rich buttercream frosting. The crowning glory,
and the feature that will generate “oohs” and “ahhs,” is the topping of white chocolate curls.
A creamy frosting made with maple syrup is the perfect partner for this richly spiced holiday cake. Decorate the top and sides
of the cake with homemade or store-bought gingerbread cookies and candy canes for a cake that can double as the centerpiece.
For a simple yet stunning holiday dessert, top angel food cake with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candies. For a shortcut,
start with a store-bought angel food cake instead of making one from scratch.
Add holiday flair to chocolate cake layers with a filling of peppermint ice cream and a frosting of frozen whipped topping.
Top the cake with crushed peppermint candies to make it colorful and give it double mint flavor.
This Italian cream cake recipe is enhanced with a pecan and cream cheese frosting and sweet, tangy orange curd between the
cake layers. Garnish with glazed pecans and a boxwood garland to make it special for the holidays.
This nutty, rum-soaked cake will defy all the jokes made about fruitcake during the holiday season. It’s tender, filled with
sweet raisins, currants, apricots and figs, and gets a little crunch from chopped pistachios.
Southerner Hazel Burwell has been making this stately fresh coconut cake for her family for over 40 years. She brushes the
layers with a coconut syrup to keep the cake moist, and adds marshmallows to the frosting to keep it soft.
As if a cream cheese pound cake were not rich enough, this one goes over the top with the addition of shredded coconut and
chopped pecans. And don’t forget the sugar glaze that’s drizzled over the top. For a special holiday occasion, garnish the
cake plate with sugared rosemary sprigs and sugared cranberries.
Fill and frost a velvety, three-layer chocolate cake with a rich buttercream frosting accented with bourbon, and top the cake
with toasted pecans and chopped chocolate. The combination of chocolate, pecans and bourbon is the trifecta of flavor.
Offer your holiday guests a present in the form of cake. This recipe features classic chocolate cake layers, a vanilla buttercream
frosting, and white chocolate-almond candy that’s chopped and sprinkled over the top of the cake.
Chocolate Velvet Cake With Cream Cheese-Butter Pecan Frosting
Top the rich chocolate cake layers with a luscious cream cheese frosting accented with toasted pecans. Make the cake special
for the holidays with festive garnishes such as sugared ivy leaves, toffee candy and shelled pecans.
Bûche de Noël is a traditional French Christmas cake shaped and decorated to look like a tree log. It's filled and frosted
with silky chocolate buttercream. Crunchy meringue mushrooms are the perfect contrast. Chopped pistachios scattered around
resemble moss growing on the (chocolate) log.
Start with a package of devil's food cake mix for this decadent cake that's filled with chopped frozen cheesecake bites and
chocolate candy bars. The over-the-top cream cheese frosting is drenched with dulce de leche caramel sauce and topped with
Hummingbird Cake remains the most-requested Southern Living recipe of all time. The origin of the name is unknown, but its
signature ingredients—mashed banana, pineapple, coconut and pecans—assure its continued popularity. Eight layers and a spoon-licking
white chocolate-cream cheese frosting make this updated version more spectacular than the original. But it's easy as can be
because of convenience products such as cake mix, instant pudding mix, and canned pineapple.
This is a classic Christmas white cake in every way, with three golden yellow layers and fluffy white frosting. The homemade
lemon filling is a quick and easy stovetop stir-together that can also be used to fill tart shells.