‘Tis the season for getting together with your loved ones, getting cozy, giving gifts from the heart … and yes, enjoying delicious holiday desserts!
While there are plenty of things to look forward to when it comes to Christmas dinner and holiday festivities, all the sweet treats that come around only once a year hold a special place in our hearts. Read on for cozy Christmas cake and dessert ideas that you can make and bake to celebrate the holiday season in style (and get your tastebuds singing in the process). Happy holidays!
The Yule Log cake is one of the most ubiquitous desserts you’ll see when gathering around a Christmas table, and for good reason! Also known as a Bûche De Noël, these rolled-up cakes are decorated to look like real Yule Logs, the festive logs thrown into fires during Christmas time as part of a folk custom in many parts of Europe. The cake version is made of chocolate and whipped cream filling, creating a light but delightful Christmas treat that the whole family can enjoy.
This recipe is a little more advanced than some of the others on this menu so it’s crucial to follow directions closely if it’s your first time making a Yule Log. Luckily, BāKIT Box features an excellent Yule Log recipe that comes with easy-to-follow instructions and most of the ingredients you’ll need to bring this Yuletide treat to life!
When you think of Christmas desserts, you almost definitely think of gingerbread first! The sweet and spicy gingerbread dough has earned its place among comforting Christmas desserts, but you don’t have to limit yourself to cookies — a gingerbread cake is just as delicious. This dessert features a sweet and slightly spiced layered cake that gets all the better when combined with cinnamon frosting, and is served fresh out of the oven.
Recipe from Supergolden Bakes
Few desserts scream “Christmas” quite like the fruit cake! This traditional UK sweet is filled to the brim with dried and candied fruits in a slightly spiced cake batter. Even better: you can make these holiday favorites up to three months ahead of time, which means that you won’t have to deal with baking during the busiest parts of the holiday season! Try this recipe from the queen of UK baking herself, Mary Berry, to get a real taste of this favorite from across the pond.
Black Forest Cake
If you’re into chocolate and pure indulgence, the Black Forest Cake is a clear Christmas cake winner. This tried-and-true favorite is made with layers of chocolate cake, whipped cream frosting, and plenty of sweet cherries to cut through all of that richness, making it the perfect treat both during the winter and beyond.
If you’re interested in bringing this classic flavor to your Christmas table, try this recipe from Liv For Cake — it features chocolate bark decorations that make it a real showstopper!
Peppermint Bark Cheesecake
What’s Christmas without a little bit of peppermint bark? This cheesecake recipe from Lil’ Luna takes all the things we love about our favorite Christmas candy and takes it up a thousand notches by turning it into a creamy cheesecake that’s sure to have your family asking for more every year.
Not quite a cake, but still a great baked delight if you like sugar cookies and shortbread. Spritz cookies! These festive treats get their name from the German word spritzen, which means “to spray/squirt,” because they are shaped using a cookie press rather than with cookie cutters. They’re made with a rich, buttery dough, similar to sugar cookies and butter cookies, but they also have an egg in the batter, which means that they can hold their shape and allow for a ton of creativity when it comes to Christmas decorating.
If you’re looking for an easy way to add these to your usual holiday cookie repertoire, try the Spritz Cookie recipe from BāKIT Box!
Cranberry Christmas Cake
Cranberries are a major decorative feature on the table during the holidays, but their natural tartness can make it hard to figure out how to incorporate them into your sweets. But this Cranberry Christmas Cake Recipe from Barefeet In The Kitchen capitalizes on all the sweet, tart flavors of this seasonal fruit without overwhelming your taste palate! It takes the classic flavor of tart cranberries, which are tempered and sweetened with a touch of sugar, and nestles it in a buttery cake mix that’ll make your taste buds sing.
Maple Pumpkin Pie
If you’re someone that loves pumpkin cake, then you must treat yourself to a slice or two of maple pumpkin pie. The subtle sweetness of the maple, the texture of the pumpkin combined with the crusty outer crust is sure to be a hit with any guest.
This is easy to make, is delicious, It’s a great way to mix-up the holiday dessert table. Your family and friends will be mesmerized by your maple pumpkin pie when it is served straight out of the oven.
Spiced Hot Chocolate Layer Cake
There’s nothing quite as cozy as finishing up your holiday festivities with a warm cup of hot cocoa …. unless you’re eating it in cake form, of course! This recipe from The Kitchen McCabe capitalizes on all the warm, chocolatey goodness of hot chocolate and adds a little bit of spice, creating an uber-comforting sweet treat that’ll have your guests relaxing and luxuriating for the rest of the night.
Eggnog lovers, rejoice! This easy bundt cake recipe from Love From The Oven takes all the tasty goodness you love from eggnog and puts it into Bundt cake form. Another bonus? This recipe is super easy to follow, and even utilizes the convenience of yellow box cake mix! The end result is a light, moist eggnog cake that’ll satisfy even the strongest eggnog craving in your family.
Serve up an international treat by baking a Beigli (Hungarian Poppy Seed Roll); which is served in most Eastern European homes over Christmas. The poppy seed filling is sweet and is textured with a yeasty dough that is rolled, and a golden outer shell from the egg wash that is used before baking. The combination of these provides a layered texture and taste that is unique and intriguing.
Ready to choose a Christmas cake to bake?
Out of all the many reasons we love the holiday season, all these sweet treats are definitely up high on that list! After all, Christmas is the perfect time for baking delicious treats and enjoying them with your family and friends.
BaKIT Box provides baking subscription boxes with step by step instructions and recipes that make it easy to bake Christmas cakes.
Get baking, get cozy, and enjoy all the wonderful things that December brings with these delicious desserts!
Featured image credit: Photo by Tim Douglas