75+ Christmas Cakes to Celebrate the Season
Celebrate the holiday season with a festive cake that tastes as great as it looks. Our favorite Christmas 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 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. 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
This gorgeous peppermint cake features a peppermint buttercream frosting sandwiched between two layers of vanilla cake. Spread the Seven-Minute Frosting on the top and sides of the cake, then garnish with crushed peppermint candies and swirls of additional frosting.
White Chocolate Poinsettia Cake
This delicate-looking cake celebrates the season's favorite flower: the poinsettia. Although red is the most popular variety, yellow poinsettias add a hint of unexpected elegance. To create this cake, alternate layers of yellow cake with white chocolate mousse filling, then frost with white chocolate frosting and top with our homemade Poinsettia Cookies.
Easy Chocolate Christmas Cake from a Box
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
This gorgeous cake is a variation on Southern Living's Basic White Cake recipe. For the look pictured here, buy 1 lb. each of red and white rolled fondant from the cake section of a crafts store. Roll a thin red strip, and follow the steps on the recipe for the bow. Dust your countertop with cornstarch or powdered sugar to prevent sticking.
White Cake with Cranberry Filling and Orange Buttercream
This melt-in-your-mouth cake features classic seasonal fruity flavors, like cranberry and orange, and will be the star of your holiday meal. Your guests will be begging for the recipe!
Milk Punch Tres Leches Cake
Bake this cake a day before serving so that it soaks up the creamy syrup. Make mini cakes with a round cutter, then top with whipped cream and a grating of nutmeg.
Coconut Cake with Rum Filling and Coconut Ermine Frosting
This Christmas cake features a little tropical flair with its yummy rum filling and coconut flavors. Garnish with our homemade Tree Cookies.
Red Velvet Cheesecake
Caramel Cream Cake
Red Velvet Cheesecake-Vanilla Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Can't decide between serving cake and cheesecake? Now you don't have to. For this beautiful cake-cheesecake hybrid, alternative layers of red velvet cheesecake with vanilla white cake, and frost 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 flavors blend beautifully with tangy buttermilk frosting.
Layered Peppermint Cheesecake
Red Velvet Marble Bundt Cake
Peppermint-Hot Chocolate Cake
We took every beloved flavor from the holidays and put them in a single cake. The results are heavenly!
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.
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
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
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.
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
Pineapple Upside-Down Gingerbread Cake
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.
Cheesecake Christmas Trees
Start with a frozen cheesecake and a bottle of chocolate fudge shell coating to make these cute 5-ingredient cakes.
Red Velvet Peppermint Cake
Chocolate Chunk Candy Cane Cheesecake
Chocolate-Citrus Cake With Candied Oranges
Cranberry Obsession Snow Cake
Spice Cake with Citrus Filling
Fill your kitchen with the aromas of cinnamon, allspice and cloves as the spice cake bakes, then top the cake layers with a tangy filling made with lemon curd, coconut and orange juice.
Red Velvet-White Chocolate Cheesecake
Ginger Cake with Maple Frosting
Peppermint Ice-Cream Cake
White Christmas Cupcakes
Candy Cane Cake
Chocolate-Vanilla Holiday Torte
Spiced Eggnog Cake
Peppermint Ice Cream Cake
Fresh Orange Italian Cream Cake
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.
Holiday Gift Cakes
Hazel's Fresh Coconut Cake
Cream Cheese-Coconut-Pecan Pound Cake
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.
Cranberry Upside-Down Cake
White Chocolate-Almond 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
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.
Holiday Lane Cake
Adorn your table with a show-stopping cake that starts with a cake mix and store-bought icing, then adds rich homemade flavor in the fruit-and-nut filling and the festive garnishes.
Cranberry-Orange Coffee Cake
Dress up coffee cake for the holidays by adding cranberry sauce, pecans and a sugary citrus glaze.
Cheesecake-Stuffed Dark Chocolate Cake
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 chocolate cookies.
Mile-High White Chocolate Hummingbird Cake
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.
Brown Sugar Cake with Peanut Buttercream and Brittle Topping
This gorgeous cake is pretty enough to be a holiday centerpiece, and it's as delicious as it is eye-catching.
Gingerbread Baked Alaska
The mixing bowl from a heavy-duty stand mixer makes a perfect mold for assembling the cake and ice cream. Be sure your plastic wrap extends well beyond your bowl to completely cover your cake and ice cream mixture.