Fun Christmas Cake Ideas

I make Christmas cookies.

For my family holiday dinners we had Christmas pies: Pumpkin, Cranberry, Mincemeat or Pecan.

For holiday dinners here, with friends, the Brits make the Christmas cake which is really what I call a fruitcake. I don’t do that.

But if you are looking for an actual, proper holiday cake, here are some ideas:

The holiday season is a time for gathering with family and friends, exchanging gifts, and enjoying scrumptious meals. However, at the center of any Christmas celebration is the dessert table! What better way to end your meal than with some tasty cake? Read on to find out about some fun and easy Christmas cake recipes that will make your holiday parties extra special.

Christmas Tree Cake


Before you get started, you’ll need some supplies. Make sure you have the following ingredients on hand:

  • 1 box of white cake mix (or use the recipe just beneath this one to bake a sponge cake.)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • Buttercream frosting (homemade or store bought)
  • Green food coloring
  • Various decorations such as sprinkles and edible glitter
  • You will also need two 9-inch round pans and one 6-inch round pan


Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare your pans by greasing them lightly with some oil or butter before dusting them with flour. This will help the cakes come out of the pan easily after they are baked.

Step 2: Beat together the cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and water until combined into a smooth batter before pouring equal amounts into each of the three prepared pans. Place all three pans in the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

Step 3: Allow all three cakes to cool completely before removing from their respective pans. Once cooled, level off both 9-inch cakes so that they have flat tops then stack them on top of each other using icing as “glue” between each layer for stability. Place the 6-inch cake on top of the two 9-inch cakes then use a serrated knife to trim off excess cake from around the sides until it resembles a christmas tree shape when viewed from above. 

Step 4: Frosting time! Spread your buttercream frosting over your stacked cakes until it is even and smooth then add food coloring to create a bright green color that resembles evergreen trees often seen during winter months (or use pre-colored frosting). Add decorations such as sprinkles or edible glitter if desired then place in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes before serving so that all layers stay together nicely when it’s time to slice into it! 

With just a few simple steps and ingredients you can whip up this festive dessert in no time at all. The Christmas tree cake is sure to be an eye catching showstopper at any holiday gathering – one that everyone present will remember long after it disappears from view. So gather your supplies, preheat your oven, and get ready for some delicious holiday baking!

Vanilla Sponge Cake With Buttercream Frosting

This is one of the easiest recipes on our list. All you need is:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour,
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder,
  • 1 teaspoon salt,
  • ¾ cup butter (at room temperature),
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar,
  • 4 eggs,
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract,
  • ¾ cup milk (at room temperature).

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease two 8-inch round cake pans. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.

In a separate bowl using an electric mixer beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in each egg one at a time until well incorporated.

Next add in the vanilla extract and beat until combined.

Slowly add in half of the dry ingredients while beating on low speed until just combined. Then add in half of the milk while continuing to beat on low speed until just combined. Repeat this process with remaining dry ingredients and milk making sure not to over mix it all together.

Pour batter into prepared pans evenly and bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into middle of cakes.

Allow cakes to cool completely before frosting with buttercream frosting below:

In a medium size bowl combine 1 cup softened butter with 2/3 cup cocoa powder, 3 cups powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract then beat together until creamy consistency is reached (add more powdered sugar or cocoa powder if necessary). Once cooled spread frosting between both layers of cake as well as around outside edge of cake before serving!  

Eggnog Pound Cake

This eggnog pound cake is sure to satisfy even the harshest eggnog critics in your family!

  • To make this tasty treat all you need is 1 box of white or yellow cake mix (plus ingredients listed on box), 2 cups of eggnog, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 cup chopped pecans (optional), and buttercream frosting for decoration (optional).
  • Start by preheating your oven according to instructions on the box mix package and greasing an 8×4-inch loaf pan with baking spray or butter/shortening mixture.
  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients except for 1/2 cup of eggnog and beat with an electric mixer until blended together thoroughly.
  • Pour half of the batter into prepared loaf pan then add remaining eggnog over top before pouring in remaining batter from bowl.
  • Bake in preheated oven according to package instructions—usually 30-35 minutes—or until toothpick inserted comes out cleanly when tested in center of loaf.
  • Let cool completely before adding optional decorations if desired with buttercream frosting! 

Gingerbread House Cake

This gingerbread house cake looks impressive but it’s actually quite simple to make! You’ll need just 7 ingredients plus supplies such as parchment paper, icing bag/tips, pastry brush etc..

  • Begin by making your gingerbread dough from scratch using this recipe
  • Make sure dough has been chilled for at least 2 hours before rolling out onto parchment paper lined surface; use enough flour so that dough does not stick but try not to overdo it as this can cause cracking when transferring dough pieces later on!
  • Cut out pieces that will form house walls & roof panels using template provided in recipe link.
  • cut windows & other design details if desired then transfer pieces carefully onto parchment lined baking sheet & bake according to recipe instructions before assembling house per directions given there too (Note: This part may take some time!).
  • After assembly has been completed & allowed time to dry overnight (or longer if needed) cover entire house with buttercream frosting & decorate as desired using fondant or other materials.
  • Serve as soon as possible after decorating so no parts break off before being eaten! 

No matter which recipe you choose – whether it’s Christmas Tree Cake, Gingerbread House Cake, or Eggnog Cake – you’re sure to have plenty of fun making these tasty treats this holiday season! Not only do these cakes look great but they also taste delicious too; perfect for any festive occasion where delicious desserts are needed! So give these recipes a try this year – your guests won’t be disappointed!

Other dessert ideas for your Christmas party

In addition to cake, plenty of other dessert options would be perfect for your family Christmas party. If they love cookies, you could bake a batch of their favorite cookies or make a giant cookie cake. If they’re more of a brownie bunch, you could make a batch of brownies or a Brownie Cake. Other great options include cupcakes, cheesecake, cobblers, or pies.

Whatever you choose to bake for your festivities, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process. Check out these 33 easy desserts, get out your mixing bowls, and let your creativity flow.

4 thoughts on “Fun Christmas Cake Ideas”

  1. I always do my great grandmother’s shortbread as well as chocolate crinkles and an eggnog cheesecake, but this year, I think I’m going to do an eggnog bundt cake instead. It’s quicker and will be just as tasty and I’ve lost my ‘extra fridge’ (the garage) since right now, it’s 8 degrees out and still dropping. I’m foregoing the snickerdoodles and a couple other cookies this year. I send a lot of everything I bake home with everyone though so we all get a little bit to snack on during the week. 🙂

    I sent you a couple emails, probably to the wrong email address…

    • I used to bake chocolate crinkles – loved them! Maybe next year but I seem to remember the recipe makes a big batch. Now I make cookies that only make 3 dozen or so, rather than the 5 or 6 dozen I used to make . Eggnog cheesecake sounds yummy!
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