Christmas Desserts and Treats

Christmas cupcakes from Eve's Cupcakes (left) and Cake Pop Christmas Tree tutorial from Miss CandiQuik.

Christmas doesn’t have to be all about plum pudding and brandy fruitcake.  There are so many ways to celebrate the holiday season with all kinds of yummy christmas desserts.

Eva’s Cupcakes have created the adorable christmas cupcakes above left. A spray of fondant holly and tiny red polka dots are all it takes to add add a touch of festive spirit to white iced cupcakes.  But it’s the piped shell border cu that really makes these cupcakes super cute.  For more on piping shell borders, see Ceri D.D. Griffiths’ excellent piping tutorial here: how to pipe royal icing borders.

Cake pops are an all-year-round favourite, but add a pop of red and green and you instantly Christmas-fy your cake pops.  Take a leaf out of Miss CandiQuik’s book and arrange your cake pop display as a christmas tree centrepiece. You’ll find the full tutorial here: cake pop christmas tree tutorial from Miss CandiQuik.

German blogger, Niner Bakes has also created super cute cake pops (below) and shows you how here: christmas cake pops tutorial.  The polka dot lollipop sticks really set off these little treats but if you can’t find them in the shops, why not try making your own with regular lollipop sticks and adding the polka dots with red felt tip pen?!

cake pops for Christmas from Niner

If you don’t fancy traditional Christmas pudding for afters on Christmas day, why not go for a festive chocolate cake instead? A rich chocolate fudge cake layered with fresh cream and piled high with seasonal berries is bound to go down a treat – just dust with icing sugar for that extra wintery touch (below right, image from from Pinterest). have created a special chocolate christmas cake with maple roasted cranberries for the holiday season (below right). You’ll find all the details here: chocolate cake for Christmas.

chocolate layer cake with seasonal berries from Pinterest (left) and chocolate cranberry christmas cake with maple roasted cranberries from Carpe

Sherry trifle is another traditional Christmas favourite, but why not mix it up a little this year and go for the chocoholics’ christmas trifle below left. Baking Obsession have the full details on this mouthwatering chocolate cranberry and cream cheese mousse trifle .

Or white not try christmas berry meringues for Christmas day dessert? A lighter alternative if you tend to over-do it on the turkey( below right, image via Pinterest).

chocolate cranberry and cream cheese mousse trifle from Baking Obsession. com (left) and christmas berry meringues from Pinterest (right)

For a christmas drinks party, wow your guests with this stunning christmas truffle tree covered in elegant silver sprinkles from You’ll find the tutorial here to make your own christmas centrepiece: christmas pudding truffle tree.

Christmas Truffle Tree (left) recipe by Michelle Southan, pic Ben Dearnley from and

For a touch of winter elegance, Christmas bauble cakes make a beautiful dessert display the festive season. Also known as temari cakes from the Japanese, they were first made popular in the UK by Makiko Searle of Maki’s Searle and feature in her beautiful book: Cakes to Fall in Love With

The beautiful examples below are by Maki’s Cakes (on the left) and Emma Lee Design (on the right).  You’ll find a tutorial here to help you create your own bauble cakes for Christmas: how to make Christmas bauble cakes.

Christmas bauble cakes from Maki's Cakes (left) and christmas bauble cake tutorial from emma-lee (right)

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