Christmas Cake Recipes

Rich cheesecakes, old-fashioned fruitcakes, gingerbread, and red velvet cake. Get recipes and tips for the most festive Christmas cakes.

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Christmas Cake

Rating: 4.66 stars
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This cake is a rich, dark, moist fruit cake, very flavorful at Christmas. Try icing with almond paste for a more festive touch. This recipe is started in October or November so as to let it mellow before the holidays. I remember very well my mother storing her fruit cake in an old butter churn that belonged to my grandmother and great grandmother. I wish that I had that old crock.

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Rum Cake II

Rating: 4.62 stars
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This makes a tube pan cake that is moist and delicious. It's the rum glaze that soaks in after baking that makes it fabulous!

Buche de Noel

Rating: 4.66 stars
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Buche de Noel is the French name for a Christmas cake shaped like a log. This one is a heavenly flourless chocolate cake rolled with chocolate whipped cream. Traditionally, Buche de Noel is decorated with confectioners' sugar to resemble snow on a Yule log.

Incredibly Delicious Italian Cream Cake

Rating: 4.52 stars
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This is an old recipe from my aunt. It is both famous and infamous in our family. It is absolutely irresistible.

Italian Cream Cheese and Ricotta Cheesecake

Rating: 4.72 stars
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This is my grandmother's cheesecake recipe passed down to my entire family. It's the best. I can't believe I'm sharing it, but everyone needs to know how to make an authentic Italian cheesecake. It is creamy and not thick, which is why our family LOVES it! For best results, do NOT substitute any ingredients with low-fat unless you've made it before and want to experiment.

Gluten-Free Fruitcake

Rating: 5 stars
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A dense cake filled with dried nuts and fruits and spiked with spiced rum that just happens to be gluten free. It will change your mind on fruitcakes. No re-gifting here!

Cheesecake with Cranberry Glaze and Sugared Cranberries

Rating: 4.9 stars
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Cranberries and orange are a natural pairing, and I wanted to combine them in a cheesecake fit for the Thanksgiving table. The cranberry glaze is a really beautiful color, and the sugared cranberries are the perfect topping. Most of the work is done the night before, so it's not even that hard to make.

Grandma Carol's Pumpkin Roll

Rating: 4.53 stars
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My mom always makes her pumpkin roll around Thanksgiving and takes one to work where everyone asks her if she can make them one and they all want the recipe. You may want to halve the recipe unless you are making for a crowd or to give away. It makes a lot. It is without a doubt the best pumpkin roll I've ever had!

Eggnog Cheesecake III

Rating: 4.64 stars
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This is a delicious cheesecake for eggnog lovers. The secret to a smooth cheesecake is to cream the cream cheese in a food processor for several minutes.

Cranberry Upside-Down Coffee Cake

Rating: 4.69 stars
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Cranberries and pecans are baked in the bottom of this cake. Turn the cake over for ooh's and ah's.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Chocolate Yule Log
Rating: Unrated
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"Made this for Christmas and my husband loved it so much he wants this for his birthday!" -- Lynette
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Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Rating: 4.77 stars
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A great alternative to pumpkin pie, especially for those cheesecake fans out there. Serve topped with whipped cream.