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47 Christmas Themed Cake Recipes & Decoration Ideas!

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Christmas is quickly approaching, and we are thrilled to share this list of Christmas cake recipes and Christmas themed cake decoration ideas with you so that you can get into the holiday spirit, browse some images and pick out a Christmas cake recipe or two! What better way to celebrate the season than with festive Christmas decorated cakes and cupcakes adorning your table during your holiday celebrations.

It’s that time of year again! Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning your holiday party. Whether you’re hosting a small family gathering or throwing an extravagant corporate event, there are some key things you’ll need to plan for. One of those things is dessert!

Nothing is more awe-inspiring than a dessert table filled with Christmas themed cakes and cupcakes – kids and adults alike light up at the sight!

Not to mention that cakes are one of the most popular desserts at any Christmas party – especially during the holidays when they can be dressed up with festive decorations. In this post, we have compiled a list of 47 cake recipes and decoration ideas that cover all sorts of flavors, shapes, sizes, and themes so there will be something for everyone on your list!

What is the traditional cake eaten at Christmas?

The most famous Christmas cake has got to be fruit cake, but we really question how many people actually eat and enjoy it! We’d love to hear what cake you enjoy serving at your Christmas parties.

Is Christmas cake the same as fruit cake?

A Christmas cake is a rich cake that contains dried fruits and is usually topped with icing and marzipan. When you refer to a Christmas cake, you are actually referring to a fruit cake, so they are essentially the same. 

How long before Christmas should you make a Christmas cake?

It’s best to begin baking 2-3 days before Christmas (or your scheduled event) so your cake is fresh and moist. Any earlier than that you and you risk a dry, crumbly, stale cake.

If you want to make it in advance, then freeze the cake and defrost it on Christmas Eve (or bring to room temperature slowly).

What is the difference between a Christmas pudding and a Christmas cake?

Christmas pudding is popular in the United Kingdom, while Christmas cake is more of an American dessert. Its ingredients are similar to fruitcake except it usually doesn’t contain alcohol or nuts.

Christmas pudding is a steamed suet pastry containing dried fruits and spices which has been boiled in cloth for several hours before being served with hard sauce (similar to buttercream). It’s often served covered in brandy which is set alight before serving.

Christmas cake, on the other hand, typically contains a combination of dried and fresh fruit as well as nuts – but there’s much more variety when it comes to what ingredients you can use! They’re often soaked in alcohol or another flavored liquid such as coffee for added flavor.

Christmas Themed Cake Recipes & Decoration Ideas!

Easy Christmas Ice Cream Cake Ideas

Easy Christmas Ice Cream Cake

This Christmas theme decorated ice cream cake is a quick and easy Christmas dessert. You can quickly transform a store-bought ice cream cake using only a few edible ingredients into a beautiful holiday wreath cake.
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Santa’s Favorite Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

Santa’s Favorite Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

These hot cocoa cupcakes are a quick and easy holiday treat. The marshmallow frosting is the perfect finishing touch. These decadent yet surprisingly light cupcakes were created for the big man himself! Try this Christmas cupcake recipe and enjoy a unique flavor.
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Easy Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Easy Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Christmas decorations in food form are a lot of fun to make, especially these adorable and festive Christmas Tree Cupcakes! These vegan chocolate cupcakes are both delicious and simple to make.
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Vegan Gingerbread Cake

Vegan Gingerbread Cake

A deliciously spiced vegan gingerbread cake with layers of traditional buttercream. This Christmas cake melts in your mouth and is made from everyday ingredients. Click on the link for the full recipe. 
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Gluten Free Orange Cranberry Cake

Gluten Free Orange Cranberry Cake

This simple gluten-free orange cranberry cake recipe consists of a layer cake with cranberry jam filling and orange buttercream frosting. A must-have Christmas cake for your next gathering.
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Gingerbread Winter Wonderland Cheesecake

Gingerbread Winter Wonderland Cheesecake

This Gingerbread Winter Wonderland Cheesecake is inspired by the Christmas theme “Winter Wonderland” and makes an excellent cake decoration. Made with a delicious gingersnap crust, a creamy, decadent filling bursting with amazing gingerbread flavors, and topped with a mini gingerbread house and cute little holiday candies. It’s just too cute to eat.
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Christmas Present Cake with an Ornament Surprise Inside

Christmas Present Cake with an Ornament Surprise Inside

Cut into a Christmas Present Cake to reveal a red and green swirled ornament hidden inside. Your creativity will astound everyone who sees this Christmas cake. To get step-by-step instructions, click on the link.
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Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake

You’ll have a good time with this…UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER CAKE! … an ideal Christmas cake decoration for that ugly sweaters-themed party.
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Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes

Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes

This simple step-by-step tutorial will show you how to make these adorable reindeer Christmas cupcake decorations. These also make excellent gifts!
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Easy Christmas Cake Decoration

Easy Christmas Cake Decoration

Christmas cake decorating ideas – Make a lovely wreath with holly leaves and berries, as well as pretty gold-painted maroon ornaments.
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The Best Vegan Christmas Cake

The Best Vegan Christmas Cake

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! This Vegan Christmas Cake is loaded with fruit and booze, and the decoration is a fantastic Christmas idea that you can learn how to make by clicking on this link.
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Easy Christmas cake

Easy Christmas cake

This Christmas cake decoration recipe is super simple and easy to make, and you’ll love it. The flavor is spectacular, and you won’t want to miss it.
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Vegan Christmas cake

This is the ideal vegan dish. Christmas cake contains plump and succulent fruit, a perfectly spiced crumb, and the ideal balance of nuts and citrus, all topped with marzipan and wrapped in fondant icing.
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Christmas Tree Cake

Christmas Tree Cake

Do you need a great Christmas dessert? You will not look any further. This dessert will be ready in less than 30 minutes. This Christmas Tree Cake is delectable, spectacular, and completely no-bake!
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Cranberry Orange Spice Cake

Cranberry Orange Spice Cake

This Christmas cake recipe is made with fresh cranberries and oranges, has a cream cheese frosting, and is topped with sugared cranberries.
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Christmas Present Cakes

Christmas Present Cakes

These Christmas themed mini cakes (also known as petit fours) are ideal for entertaining the kids during the holiday season and are the perfect bite-sized cake sample!
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Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas decorated Cupcakes

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Cupcakes

Nutter butters, pretzels, and chocolate all come together to make this completely edible Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cupckae topper! An easy, cute idea for decorating the tops of your holiday treats!
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Vegan Christmas Tree Mini Cakes

Vegan Christmas Tree Mini Cakes

These adorable mini chocolate Christmas cake trees with pastel frosting and sprinkle ornaments are both lovely and vegan. You can make these for a large gathering and know that they’re friendly to everyone’s diet!
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Red Velvet Cake Roll with Chocolate & Peppermint Butter Cream Frosting

Red Velvet Cake Roll with Chocolate & Peppermint Butter Cream Frosting

This festive cake roll is topped with a silky-smooth buttercream frosting and garnished with candy cane bits. The decoration concept is fantastic and festive.
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Cranberry Sauce Coffee Cake

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Coffee Cake (with Coffee Glaze)

The holiday cake is made with leftover cranberry sauce, pecans, a coffee glaze, and candied cranberries, this Cranberry Coffee Cake is the perfect holiday dessert!
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Peppermint Mocha Bundt Cake

Peppermint Mocha Bundt Cake

This Christmas cake has a rich chocolate cake that is topped with an espresso peppermint ganache for an irresistible holiday dessert. Perfect for chocolate lovers!
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Cranberry Bread Pudding Holiday Cheesecake

Cranberry Bread Pudding Holiday Cheesecake

A tasty union of cranberry bread pudding with a citrus caramel sauce that will make your mouth water. The look is cute but the taste is amazing.
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The World’s Best Chocolate Rum Cake

The World’s Best Chocolate Rum Cake

This chocolate rum cake is soft to the touch and moist to the bite, melting in your mouth and filling you with rich chocolate flavor and a kick of rum!
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Traditional Christams fruit cake

Old fashioned fruit cake

This Traditional Christams fruit cake is a crowd-pleaser. It’s simple to make and makes an excellent Christmas cake for the holiday season.
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Gluten-Free Fruit Cake - four ingredients!

Gluten-Free Fruit Cake – four ingredients!

This Easy Gluten-Free Fruit Cake is an excellent addition to your holiday gatherings. It has a fantastic flavor, a great texture, and is simple to prepare.
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Christmas Trifle

Easy Christmas Trifle | Brownies, Whipped Cream, and Candy!

Layers of delicious brownie, chocolate pudding, and homemade whipped cream in this easy Christmas trifle recipe! All topped with festive sprinkles and REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups!
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Easy Holiday Cake

Easy Holiday Cake

This simple Christmas cake is decorated with white icing and red and green M&Ms, delicious and surprisingly easy to make! Perfect if you’re looking for easy decorating ideas!
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Easy Red Velvet Cake

Easy Red Velvet Cake

The most moist red velvet cake you’ve ever tasted! For a show-stopping holiday dessert, top with cream cheese frosting and sugared cranberries.
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Christams decoration Gingerbread Cupcakes

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Spiced Buttercream

These moist and flavorful themed recipe Gingerbread Cupcakes topped with spiced buttercream are a tasty, homemade holiday treat that’s perfect for gifting.
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Christmas White Forest Cake

White Forest Cake

Soft and fluffy vanilla cake filled with homemade whipped cream and homemade cherry preserves. This Christmas white forest cake is spectacular!
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Fondant Snowman Cupcake Toppers

Adorable Fondant Snowman Cupcake Toppers

Make adorable and festive fondant snowman cupcake toppers by following this step-by-step video tutorial. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Gingerbread Mousse Cheesecake

Gingerbread Mousse Cheesecake

Smooth cheesecake, flavorful gingerbread mousse, and homemade cinnamon whipped cream make up this festive Gingerbread Cheesecake.
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Christmas Cheesecake

Christmas Cheesecake – Festive No Bake Peppermint Cheesecake

This red and green Christmas Cheesecake is a festive, tasty holiday treat. This no-bake peppermint cheesecake is both beautiful and simple to make!
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Gingerbread Poke Cake

Easy Gingerbread Poke Cake

The ultimate Christmas dessert is this delicious gingerbread poke cake! Every bite is a delicious combination of festive flavors and a sweet creamy filling.
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Mini Santa Belly Cakes

Mini Santa Belly Cakes

Anyone who has seen these Mini Santa Belly Cakes would agree that they are the sweetest Christmas treat ever!! A festively decorated dessert for a holiday celebration.
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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cake: A luscious cherry cake sprinkled with a smattering of small chocolate chips. It’s like eating a chocolate-covered cherry cake! A broken heart is incurable. This cake, on the other hand, is a close second! It’s extremely moist and melts in your mouth.
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Gluten-Free Vegan Fruitcake

The Best Gluten-Free Vegan Fruitcake – Christmas Cake (Allergy-Free)

The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Fruitcake! This simple recipe is nut-free (no nuts! ), uses natural dried fruit instead of refined sugar, and is alcohol-free! Try this Christmas recipe today!
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British Christmas Pudding

Traditional British Christmas Pudding

The traditional British Christmas Pudding is a steamed, fruit-filled dessert that is lit on fire when presented. It’s a lovely way to end many British Christmas feasts.
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Christmas Sugar Cookie Cake

Christmas Sugar Cookie Cake

This simple Christmas Sugar Cookie Cake is very festive and enjoyable! It’s a festive dessert that’ll bring a smile to your face this holiday season! A cake with a lovely Christmas theme that can be decorated.
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Eggless Christmas Tree Mini Cakes

Eggless Christmas Tree Mini Cakes

These eggless Christmas tree mini cakes are a delightful project for the children to do while enjoying the holidays!!! They will love decorating their own edible Christmas tree cakes on a stick!
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Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream

White Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

Christmas cupcakes that are both delicious and festive. This recipe is simple to prepare and ideal for a party or gifting! It’s a lot of fun to make and decorate, but it’s also a delicious dessert.
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Candy Cane Layered Cake

White Candy Cane Layered Cake Recipe And Tips

This holiday season is the perfect time to go all out with your desserts and wow everyone. Nothing beats a white candy cane layered cake for satisfying sweet tooth cravings.
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Tropical fruit Christmas cake

Tropical fruit Christmas cake

During the Christmas season, a spiced fruitcake is a must. It’s a great option for your dessert table and a lot of fun to make while spending time with your loved ones. The full recipe can be found by clicking on the link.
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Spiced Christmas cupcakes

Spiced Christmas cupcakes with marzipan frosting

These spiced Christmas cupcakes are made with a light, crisp spiced sponge and a delightful white chocolate marzipan icing. If you’re looking for a festive and tasty Christmas decoration, this is a great option.
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Gingerbread Cake Roll

Gingerbread Cake Roll Recipe

This Gingerbread Cake Roll recipe will make winter feel more welcome this year. This soft, fluffy cake roll, spiced with cozy flavors and swirled with an eggnog cream filling, makes December delicious.
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Yule log cake

Yule log cake made naturally gluten free.

Are you looking for a unique way to celebrate Christmas this year? This yule log cake is the ideal dessert to serve at the end of a Christmas meal. So delicious, light, and simple to make thanks to the step-by-step instructions! Did I mention it’s gluten-free as well?
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Low Carb Christmas Tree Cakes

Low Carb Christmas Tree Cakes

These sugar-free Christmas tree cakes are a delicious way to avoid excess sugar during the holidays! This dessert is worth trying because of the layers of vanilla cake, cream filling, and white chocolate coating. It is also up to you to come up with Christmas decoration ideas.
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