Our Best Christmas Cakes
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
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Easy Chocolate Christmas Cake
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
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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
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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.
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
Transform a classic red velvet cake into a festive holiday dessert by adding peppermint extract to the rich cream cheese frosting and garnishing the cake with peppermint candies.
Chocolate Chunk Candy Cane Cheesecake
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.
Chocolate-Citrus Cake With Candied Oranges
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.
Cranberry Obsession Snow Cake
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.
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
This gorgeous, festive cake marries two favorite holiday cake flavors: red velvet and cheesecake. The cake features layers of white chocolate cheesecake alternated with red velvet cake layers, topped with white chocolate frosting and candy "leaves".
Ginger Cake with Maple Frosting
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.
Favorite holiday flavors combine in this divine Bundt cake. A ribbon of chopped pecans, apples, and cranberries is sandwiched between layers of pumpkin cake batter, and then the whole thing is topped with Maple Glaze and Sugared Pecans and Pepitas.
Peppermint Ice-Cream Cake
With peppermint ice cream sandwiched between chiffon cake layers, this towering cake is a peppermint-lover's dream.