From traditional Christmas cakes with gorgeous decorations to quick and quirky fondant figures, get inspired with our easy Christmas cake recipes, ideas and designs
We’ve got lots of easy Christmas cake decorating ideas for you to try this year. From fondant to icing sugar, from royal icing to marzipan, we’ve got lots of simple designs for you to try on our classic Christmas cake recipe.
One of the best Christmas traditions, Christmas cakes can be made up to three months in advance so you can get into the spirit nice and early with some Christmas baking.
Our fruit cake recipes have beautiful festive Christmas designs that will be perfect for any parties you are having or for a classic dessert after your Christmas dinner.
To make a Christmas cake you simply make up the sponge and feed it your chosen liquor (don’t worry we also have alcohol-free versions!) over the weeks to get an extra depth of flavour and then decorate a few days before Christmas.
You’ll be a Christmas cake pro by the time we’re done with you. Not only do we have these Christmas cake recipes, we also have a step-by-step guide to how to cover a Christmas cake, a video recipe for this pretty star design cake
Not a fan of the traditional Christmas cake? We’ve also got alternative ideas for festive cakes such as stollen, panforte and chocolate tortes.
Click through to see our Christmas cake ideas…
First up is this jolly cake. A smiling Santa face is the perfect topping to your Christmas cake. Woman’s Weekly show you how with our easy step-by-step recipe.
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Make this sherry-infused classic Victorian Christmas cake at least 3 weeks in advance for the best taste.
This simple snowflake design is great for Christmas cake beginners. A classy finish to your cake.
Packed with dried fruits, nuts and sultanas and topped with glacé cherries and pineapple, we love this cake recipe from the Queen of Cakes.
Get the kids to help decorate your Christmas cake by choosing this simple design. Three trees complete with stars and baubles – you can’t get more Christmassy than that!
Make a Frozen-inspired Christmas cake the kids will be in awe of with Victoria Threader’s step by step recipe.
Get the recipe: Frozen-inspired Christmas cake
Top your Christmas cake with this cute Rudolph design – the kids will love helping you decorate.
One from our friends at Woman’s Weekly. If your kids aren’t sure about eating fruit cake, see if you can tempt them with this fun igloo Christmas cake design. They could help make the penguins!
Get the recipe: Igloo Christmas cake
Now this looks really classy and impressive, but it’s actually really simple. The pleats are all individual triangles of Royal Icing that you just layer around your shimmer Christmas cake. . This definitely has the wow factor.
Get the recipe: Shimmer Christmas cake
If you’re looking for something really simple to whip for Christmas Day dessert, this festive cake is it! It may look professional, but it’s actually really easy to make with hazelnuts, raspberries and a snow-like icing.
Never made a Christmas cake before? Our simple step-by-step recipe will help you create a perfect cake for your family.
Feeling creative? Then this Christmas cake is for you. The stocking itself is simple to make and you can spend the time creating the little characters to go in the top of your stocking filler Christmas cake.
Get the recipe: Stocking filler Christmas cake
Use our apricot and cranberry fruit cake recipe as the basis for this great Christmas cake from Woman’s Weekly.
If you don’t fancy making a large Christmas cake you could make these mini Christmas puds instead. They’re really simple and delicious too!
These cute little parcels are a perfect way to serve Christmas cake at a party – they’d be lovely for party bags as well!
Get the recipe: All wrapped up
Coffee, chocolate, Amaretto, double cream and mascarpone… What’s not to love about this impressive cake from Woman’s Weeky?
This Woman’s Weekly fruit cake is a brilliant base for lots of Christmas cake recipes and the step-by-step video recipe makes it really easy.
Left it too late? Don’t worry – make this Christmas cake the night before.
If you want to impress this Christmas, follow Woman’s Weekly cookery editor Sue McMahon as she makes this gorgeous cake in her step-by-step video recipe.
Don’t be put off if this Woman’s Weekly cake looks tricky – step-by-step icing instructions make it much easier. Plus you can freeze it (undecorated) 3 months in advance.
Take one delicious fruit cake, some Royal Icing, an icing pen and a steady hand and create this classic chic Christmas cake. Perfect if you need to decorate your Christmas cake last-minute.
With a light dusting of icing sugar, you can create an effective pattern in no time. We love this stunning chocolate cake with a light tiramisu cream – it’s simple yet effective!
Impress your friends and family with this delicious and vibrant coloured red velvet peppermint cake. This cake can be made in 35 mins.
This chocolate snowflake cake is made and decorated by Bake Off champion Frances Quinn. It’s a simple design that is ideal for beginners.
Learn how to make royal icing with our simple step-by-step recipe. It creates the perfect effect to make your cake look like it’s covered in snow.
Soak the fruit in ginger wine for a couple of days to get the most out of this flavoursome Christmas cake.
Get the recipe: Organic boozy Christmas cake
Crammed with rum-soaked fruit, this rich sweet Christmas cake is suitable for vegetarians and dairy- and gluten-free.
Baking for someone on a gluten-free diet? This delicious cake is packed full of dried fruits and has plenty of Christmas flavour thanks to the orange zest, mixed spices and brandy. There’s no need to decorate this cake, just keep it simple yet effective!
Get the recipe: Gluten-free Christmas cake
Wrap your traditional Christmas cake in white fondant and marzipan and then decorate with your very own cake decorations. Learn how to make Rudolph, Santa and more with our step-by-step recipes.
Top your Christmas cake with festive fruits including cranberries, dried apricots and orange peel. This three-tiered gingerbread cake will feed between 8-10 people.
This almond-y Epiphany cake from Woman’s Weekly contains a hidden bean – find it and you get to wear the crown!
Go continental with this traditional German Christmas cake, made with mixed fruit, warming spices – and lots of rum…
Get the recipe: Stollen
No need to miss out on Christmas treats with this cake at just 228 calories and 2.8g fat per slice – it’s practically healthy!
Celeb chef Rachel Allen’s impressive cake with vanilla buttercream filling is great for special occasions like Christmas.
Follow this step-by-step Woman’s Weekly recipe to create this beautiful festive cake – the family will be so impressed!
This lovely Christmas cake will steal the show at the festive table – try this step-by-step Woman’s Weekly recipe.
Deliciously moist, this great fruit cake recipe is the perfect base for other festive cake creations. Follow this recipe and then cover in marizpan and fondant for a classic finish.
Anyone who loves cake-decorating will love creating the miniature Christmas dinner on this fun festive cake.
This Malteser Christmas pudding cake is a great alternative if you don’t like traditional Christmas cake but still want a showstopper!
Get the recipe: Malteser Christmas Pudding Cake
This delicious twist on Christmas cake is even gluten free!
Get the recipe: Red Velvet Christmas Cake