Our Best Christmas Cakes
Impress your holiday guests with a show-stopping cake that tastes as great as it looks on the dessert table. Our favorite festive cake recipes are the perfect way to finish your meal and also transform your dinner table into a jaw-dropping display. From fun fillings and decorative designs to luscious layered cakes and delicate trifles, these gorgeous white cakes are loaded with delicious flavor and spirited holiday fun. Pick your favorite recipe from our collection and get started on a new holiday tradition this year.
Spice Cake with Cranberry Filling
This stunning and festive cake makes a great centerpiece at the holiday dessert table. A great tip is to pipe a ring of frosting around each cake layer, just inside the top edge, to keep the cranberry filling from peeking out.
Peppermint Cake with Seven-Minute Frosting
White Chocolate Poinsettia Cake
Easy Chocolate Christmas Cake from a Box
No one will ever have to know this show-stopping Christmas cake started with a box of chocolate cake mix!
Mrs. Billett's White Cake
Whether or not you're dreaming of a white Christmas, you'll want to dive into a slice of this snowy white cake. Complete with fondant snowflakes, it's truly reminiscent of a winter wonderland.
White Cake with Peppermint Frosting
Garnish with a fondant bow or Peppermint Meringue Cookies.
White Cake with Cranberry Filling and Orange Buttercream
This melt-in-your-mouth cake will be the star of your holiday meal. Your guests will be begging for the recipe!
Milk Punch Tres Leches Cake
Bake this a day before serving so it soaks up the creamy syrup. Make mini cakes with a round cutter. Top with whipped cream and a grating of nutmeg.
Coconut Cake with Rum Filling and Coconut Ermine Frosting
Red Velvet Cheesecake
Caramel Cream Cake
This three-layer butter cake has a pecan-pie filling in between the cake layers, a rich cream cheese frosting, and a topping of sweet coconut and chopped pecans. It's a great dessert for holiday entertaining.
Red Velvet Cheesecake-Vanilla Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
New Classic Red Velvet Cake
This moist red velvet cake is filled with layer upon layer of cream cheese frosting and topped with sweet meringue icing.
Smith Island Cake
Create a show-stopping holiday cake by icing each beautiful layer with decadent Chocolate Ganache icing.
White Cake with Bourbon Buttercream and Seven-Minute Frosting
Top this cake with Sugar-Coated Orange Slices and Sparkling Cherries.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Trifle
Top this rich trifle with a sprinkle of chocolate curls.
Gingerbread Cake with Buttermilk Frosting
Warm spices and molasses blend beautifully with tangy buttermilk frosting.
Layered Peppermint Cheesecake
Enveloped in a white chocolate mousse frosting, we love this layered cheesecake for its childlike whimsy and peppermint candy crunch.
Red Velvet Marble Bundt Cake
The trick to creating looping swirls is to gently layer the batter around the Bundt pan with a small cookie scoop. No need to swirl with a knife; it will marble as it bakes. A Snowy White Vanilla Glaze is just the icing on the cake.
Peppermint-Hot Chocolate Cake
We took every beloved flavor from the holidays and put them in a single cake. The results are heavenly. Be our guest!
Coconut Cake with Raspberry Filling
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.
Marbled Pumpkin Praline Cake
Homestyle cakes, with casual icing swirls, are welcoming and inviting. Plus, they hide any last-minute finger swipes you might make as you pass by the dessert table.
Don't worry if your cheesecake cracks; the light and fluffy layer of whipped cream will cover it.
Red Velvet Cake with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting
This cake bakes best in four pans. If you need additional pans, use 8-inch aluminum foil disposable pans. Just be sure to place them on a baking sheet for stability.
Tiramisù Layer Cake
This tiramisù cake offers the best of both worlds: the beauty of a layer cake with the amazing flavor of tiramisù.
Winner of the Southern Living 2011 White Cake Contest, this cake combines the wonderful flavors that come tumbling from a stocking: milk chocolate Santas, gingerbread men, and buttery toffee candy.
Snowy Chocolate Baby Cakes
Ambrosia Coconut Cake
Made with orange segments and crushed pineapple, discover luscious Ambrosia Filling between each layer of sweet coconut cake. This spin on a classic Southern dessert is perfect for any holiday gathering.
Buttermilk Bundt Cakes
Try one of the three garnishing options for these adorable cakes: dust with powdered sugar, pipe sweet bourbon glaze over the top, or dunk the cakes in an orange glaze for a heavier coating.
Although there’s no actual eggnog in this velvety cake, the same flavor is achieved with the traditional eggnog ingredients: eggs, sugar, whipping cream, brandy and nutmeg.
Go for double peppermint flavor by stirring peppermint extract into the cheesecake batter and topping the cake with crushed peppermint candies.
Chocolate Velvet “Pound” Cake
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.
Coconut Layer Cake
Costing just $0.91 per serving, this festive white layer cake is a coconut lover's dream, featuring a triple dose of coconut flavor from sweetened flaked coconut, coconut water, and coconut extract.