43 Christmas cake ideas

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  • From traditional Christmas cake decorations to quick and quirky fondant figures, get inspired with our easy Christmas cake ideas, recipes and designs...

    We’ve got lots of easy Christmas cake decorating ideas and designs for you to try this year. From fondant to icing sugar, royal icing to marzipan, we’ve got lots of simple designs for you to try with 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.

    Browse through our easy Christmas cake decorating ideas and designs…

    Top Tip for decorating cakes:

    If you’re at beginner level when it comes to decorating cakes, don’t be afraid to use cake decorating tools to help you out! A cake decorating turntable and icing smoother are the perfect utensils to help you achieve a perfect polished look with your icing. And if perfection is what you’re looking for, you could also use an adjustable cake leveler, which allows you to trim off any raised lumps and bumps that your cake grew in the oven, for the perfect base to your christmas decorating creations.

    How do I get my decorations to stay on my cake?

    The last thing you want when decorating your christmas cakes is for your fantastic icing sculpture of Rudolph to go skiing off the edge of the cake. If your decorations are made of fondant icing, an easy way to help them stick to your fondant based cake is to dust them with a little water. This will activate the sugars in the icing and help it to stay stuck. You could also use a bit of frosting/buttercream to cement them in place, just be careful not to use too much or it might escape and be visible underneath!

    43 Christmas cake ideas