We love baking all year round, obviously, but there’s something about epic Christmas bakes that just hits differently. If you’re looking for a holiday showstopper, here are five incredible cakes that will dazzle your loved ones and turn enemies into friends. Okay, that may be a tiny bit of an exaggeration, but who isn’t down with a delicious Christmas miracle? Particularly one that photographs well and will make you feel like the bougie dessert influencer you know you are.
Any one of these cakes is impressive, if you make two or three? Apologies to everyone else, because you’ll obviously win the holidays. That’s what the holidays are all about, right- being severely competitive with the people you love? Just, kidding. Or are we?
Onto the cakes!
These Ornament Cakes are a great choice if you want to make a big impression with a gorgeous set of festive cakes. Make three of four ornaments and decorate them in various Christmas hues and designs. They feature both chocolate and vanilla cake batter with crushed candy canes folded in and a mouthwatering eggnog whole egg buttercream flavored with brandy and fresh grated nutmeg.
Gingerbread Houses are cute, fun to assemble, and invoke holiday nostalgia. There’s just one problem- they are empty inside, and generally, well, unsatisfying. So why not improve upon that gingerbread cookie exterior and opt for a lucious and moist chocolate ginger cake with our Gingerbread House Cake layered with red and green Italian meringue buttercream. All the happy holiday feels, none of the disappointing emptiness.
This magical Snow Globe Cake is deceptively easy to make for how fancy and impressive it looks. Layers of icy blue ombre vanilla cake and Italian meringue buttercream make up both the base of the snow globe and the mini cake inside of the globe, we use a glass bowl/vase to stand in as the globe itself, and star-y snowflake sprinkles complete the look. And while you’re at it, you may as well break out the luster dust and edible glitter to really take this thing to the next level.
Layers of vibrant red and green vanilla cake separated by candy cane buttercream make this Santa Hat Cake just as fun to eat as it is to look at. Which, let’s be honest, is pretty darn fun. Woo. This is a great cake to tackle if you’re newer to fondant work and want to stretch those muscles a little or if you’re looking for a fun twist on a Christmas cake while still sticking to traditional holiday colors and flavors.
Who doesn’t love a Christmas surprise? We created this Christmas Cracker Cake with one of the fave HTCI elements of surprise- a secret chamber! If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll know we’ve made many secret chamber Halloween cakes, but why not bring that fun to Christmas? This cracker-shaped chocolate cake is filled with sprinkles and candies and you don’t even have to brace for that terrifying loud cracker pop to enjoy it. Now that’s what we call sweet.