Five simple Christmas cake recipes

Looking to put your kitchen to good use this Christmas? Here’s five Christmas cakes you should try making while you still can! Whether you’ve found yourself in a last-minute emergency, or just haven’t had the time to bake over the busy festive period, these simple recipes are perfect for rustling up an impressive, sweet treat for the big day.

Christmas Cake Tray Bake

Do you love the flavours of a traditional Christmas cake? If so, this cheat version of the iconic dessert might be for you. Taking just over an hour to prepare and cook, this recipe uses the classic icing of marzipan and fondant to not only create a unique flavour, but also maintain the sponge’s softness. And the best part – this cake will last for two to three weeks in a tin so you can enjoy any leftovers later.

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Last Minute Emergency Christmas Cake

This last-minute Christmas cake takes very little preparation, so it’s perfect if you need to make something in a hurry. It takes just 30 minutes to prepare and an hour to cook. Once it’s baked and cooled, you can decorate it the same day, giving you a finished product that even the professionals would be proud of.

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Mary Berry’s Classic Christmas Cake

Is there anyone more qualified to give baking tips than Mary Berry? If you want to put your baking skills to the test and do all the work yourself, her classic Christmas cake recipe is the way to go. Get all the ingredients and watch Mary’s step-by-step video of how to make the sponge, covering and even the royal icing. While Mary’s version is for 16 people, you can use her handy cake calculator to work out the ingredients and cooking time for your ideal serving.

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Vegan Brown Butter Reindeer Christmas Cake

Whether you’re baking for yourself or a house full of guests, you won’t want anyone to be left out this Christmas. This Vegan Brown Butter Reindeer Cake features three layers of soft almond cake, with a brown butter Swiss meringue buttercream, topped with festive decorations and sprinkles. This showstopping cake tastes as good as it looks and is definitely worth leaving a bit of space for after a hearty Christmas dinner!

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Frosty Robin Cake

If you don’t have time to make your own cake, why not buy a simple Christmas cake and personalise it. When it comes to decorating your cake, Christmas offers the opportunity to have some fun getting creative with a variety of different ideas. We particularly love this Frosty Robin Cake decoration, and while making these intricate little birds might look complicated, it’s actually much simpler than you think if you follow the steps closely. Once your snoozing sugar robins are complete, leave them to dry overnight and add them to your cake the next day.

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