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Show-stopping Christmas Cakes

Whether you're tempted by a traditional Christmas cake or Yule log, or something a bit more adventurous, this handpicked collection of show-stopping cakes will steal the show on the Christmas table this year.

Woodland wreath Christmas cake

Transform classic Christmas cake into a simple yet stunning centrepiece with beautiful rustic decorations, sweet amaretto-spiced icing, and an almond-encrusted marzipan pinecone. You can make the cake ahead and freeze, so all that's left to do is decorate it before the big day – Christmas showstoppers don't get much easier than this!

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Raspberry and Aperol baked Alaska

The Aperol in this adds a lovely hint of bitter aromatics, which makes the dessert taste a little more grown-up. We'd have it instead of trifle on Christmas Day, or maybe as a show-stopping desserts at a New Year's Eve party. Get the recipe

Mocha roulade

With a rich coffee and chocolate sponge and boozy Marsala syrup, this stunning, grown-up Christmas pud will have everyone coming back for seconds.

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Minted Chocolate Torte

Delicious and one for all the family. Get the recipe

Classic Christmas cake

Get into the festive spirit by baking a show-stopping classic Christmas cake. This fabulous frosted fruitcake is the perfect traditional treat for your family and friends during the festivities.

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Christmas pudding ice cream

A clever way to use up left-over Christmas pudding – add it to ice cream! This four-ingredient, no-churn recipe also comes laced with brandy or rum – the perfect winter pud.

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Panettone layer cake with orange

If you fancy an alternative Christmas cake this year try this twist on a festive Italian bake, packed full of rich, fruity flavours. Juicy sultanas and zesty panettone is complemented beautifully by a velvety orange buttercream and luxurious caramel. To make this showstopping cake even more decadent you can add a splash of orange liqueur.

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Cupcake Christmas tree

This cupcake Christmas tree is the perfect show-stopping centrepiece for your festive table. It's so easy to make – just pipe icing onto chocolate orange mini muffins and decorating with jelly tots baubles and white chocolate sprinkles. Don't forget to add the giant chocolate star at the end!

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