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Whether it’s Christmas desserts or sweets to enjoy all season, cakes are always a good idea. These festive holiday cakes can be decorated, and flavored to fit any special occasion!

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Collage of various holiday cake recipes.

Reasons We Love Holiday Cakes!

Holiday cakes offer a delicious base to express your festive flair on a decadent and delicious canvas.

Why we love them:

  • For any occasion. A lot of these recipes are versatile and can be altered for different holidays – with sprinkles and food coloring.
  • Change it up. Top them with sprinkles, cookies, or frosting. No matter what you do, these tasty treats are sure to wow!!
  • Loved by all. Cakes are perfect for any occasion and can feed a crowd!

Here is a collection of our best holiday cake recipes, all worthy of your parties and celebrations!

A slice of chiffon cake on a white plate topped with berries.

Cutting the Cake

When serving cake to guests at a holiday party, the most common serving size is 1.5 inches x 2 inches.

Some people won’t eat dessert, while others like having 2 servings. Provide enough cake for each guest to have 1½ servings so there’s enough for everyone to have their fill, without having a lot of leftovers.  

  • Parchment paper. Line the cake pans with parchment paper to keep the cake from sticking, making it easier to slice and serve. 
  • Mark your cuts. To make even cuts, use bakers twine or unflavored dental floss to make cutting lines on top of the cake before you cut.
A yule log cake on a white serving platter.

Transporting Your Holiday Cake

  • Cake boards. Cardboard cake boards come in many different sizes and shapes. Place the cake on the board before decorating it, and easily use it to move the cake from one place to another.
  • Using softer cake fillings. Layered cakes with soft fillings often shift and slide during transportation. To help avoid this, add buttercream around the perimeter of the cake, and then fill it in with the softer filling.
  • Decorations. Save the more fragile decorations and fruit toppings to add when you arrive at the destination. 
  • Cake carrier. Place the cake in the center of the cake box, then assemble the box around the cake.

Best Holiday Cakes

Get into the holiday spirit with any of our favorite cakes for the holidays. From Christmas cakes and beyond!

1 Yule Log Recipe

Dessert Yule Log Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

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4.95 from 39 votes
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2 Easy Pound Cake Recipe

Dessert Easy Pound Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

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4.89 from 17 votes
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3 Pecan Pie Cheesecake Recipe

Dessert Pecan Pie Cheesecake Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

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4.96 from 153 votes
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4 Pumpkin Roll Recipe

Dessert Pumpkin Roll Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

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5 from 2 votes
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5 Christmas Trifle Recipe

Dessert Christmas Trifle Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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6 Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe

Dessert Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

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4.98 from 1042 votes
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7 Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake
Dessert Peppermint Bark Cheesecake
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
5 from 134 votes
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8 Pumpkin Crunch Cake Recipe

Dessert Pumpkin Crunch Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes

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5 from 302 votes
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9 German Chocolate Cake Recipe

Dessert German Chocolate Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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5 from 106 votes
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10 Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

Dessert Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes

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4.94 from 96 votes
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Classic Cakes Perfect for the Holidays

From bundt cakes to classic layer cakes, we have plenty of yummy options!

11 Cream Puff Cake Recipe

Dessert Cream Puff Cake Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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4.99 from 153 votes
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12 Jello Poke Cake Recipe

Dessert Jello Poke Cake Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes

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5 from 674 votes
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13 Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

Dessert Gooey Butter Cake Recipe
Total Time: 47 minutes

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5 from 497 votes
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14 Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

Dessert Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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4.97 from 268 votes
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15 Boston Cream Pie

Dessert Boston Cream Pie
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Recipe Video

4.95 from 91 votes
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16 Angel Food Cake Recipe

Dessert Angel Food Cake Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 14 votes
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17 Chiffon Cake Recipe

Dessert Chiffon Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

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5 from 10 votes
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18 White Sheet Cake Recipe

Dessert White Sheet Cake Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 65 votes
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19 Better Than Anything Cake Recipe

Dessert Better Than Anything Cake Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

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5 from 23 votes
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20 Dirt Cake Recipe

Dessert Dirt Cake Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

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4.99 from 177 votes
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21 Strawberries and Cream Angel Food Cake Recipe

Dessert Strawberries and Cream Angel Food Cake Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.85 from 13 votes
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22 Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Recipe

Dessert Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
4.95 from 103 votes
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23 Banana Pudding Cake Recipe

Dessert Banana Pudding Cake Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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4.99 from 89 votes
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24 Boston Cream Poke Cake

Dessert Boston Cream Poke Cake
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.88 from 16 votes
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25 Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 10 votes
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26 Chocolate Sheet Cake

Dessert Chocolate Sheet Cake
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 38 votes
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27 Red Velvet Poke Cake Recipe

Dessert Red Velvet Poke Cake Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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28 Neiman Marcus Cake Recipe

Dessert Neiman Marcus Cake Recipe
Total Time: 42 minutes

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4.96 from 25 votes
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29 Oreo Pudding Poke Cake Recipe

Dessert Oreo Pudding Poke Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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30 Vanilla Cake Recipe

Dessert Vanilla Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

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5 from 17 votes
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31 Caramel Cake

Dessert Caramel Cake
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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32 Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe

Breakfast Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 217 votes
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33 Coconut Poke Cake

Dessert Coconut Poke Cake
Total Time: 3 hours

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5 from 11 votes
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34 Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

Dessert Cherry Dump Cake Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 4 votes
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35 Coconut Cake recipe

Dessert Coconut Cake recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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36 Key Lime Cake Recipe

Super easy key lime cake is bursting with fresh lime flavor and topped with whipped cream. It's a delicious summer cake recipe, and if you love key lime pie - then definitely give this recipe a try. 
Dessert Key Lime Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
5 from 44 votes
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37 Easy Apple Cake Recipe

Dessert Easy Apple Cake Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 29 votes
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38 Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake Recipe

Dessert Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake Recipe
Total Time: 33 minutes

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4.92 from 12 votes
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Cupcakes

One of the easiest desserts to serve at your Christmas party or celebration are cupcakes. They have all the flavors of your favorite full size cakes, but less mess 🙂

39 Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe

Dessert Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe
Total Time: 42 minutes
4.84 from 25 votes
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40 Christmas Cupcakes

Dessert Christmas Cupcakes
Total Time: 32 minutes

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5 from 14 votes
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41 Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe

Dessert Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe
Total Time: 27 minutes

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4.98 from 98 votes
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42 Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Dessert Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 5 votes
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43 Cookies and Cream Cupcakes Recipe

Dessert Cookies and Cream Cupcakes Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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44 Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

Dessert Vanilla Cupcake Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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4.95 from 40 votes
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Holiday Sweets!

With so many fun and tasty cakes to choose from you’re sure to find the perfect dessert to accompany your next holiday meal!

Be sure to check out all of our Cake Recipes!

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