While many people take pride in the meat, veg and starters on Christmas Day, there’s a lot to be said for a show stopping Christmas dessert – especially one that’s homemade. Wondering what to bake for Christmas? Try one of our Christmas Baking recipes for something that can compete with the main meal in style.
Nothing says “look at me” more than an elegant white Christmas cake. A perfect replacement for those who aren’t big fans of traditional Christmas fruit cake – white Christmas cake combines vanilla flavourings with a soft, light sponge before covering in butter cream. It’s a simple Christmas dessert with a big statement.
2. Chocolate Stirrers
Looking for Christmas baking ideas with a difference? Chocolate stirrers are a great way to show off your baking skills, without technically even baking! Simply melt your chocolate before customising with added nuts, fruit or chocolate chips. Add to a pre-oiled ice lolly mould and leave to set. Once ready, you can watch your guests stir to their hearts content as it flavours a mug of coffee or hot milk.
3. Chocolate Lava Cake
If you want to try something a little more challenging, why not tackle a chocolate lava cake this Christmas? Combine flour, eggs and sugar with melted dark chocolate and butter and simply bake for 10 to 12 minutes. The trick here is cooking the sponge just enough for a solid outside without cooking the middle too much. Get it right, and you’ll be left with a gooey, melting centre sure to blow the turkey out of the water.
4. Christmas Trifle
Who would’ve thought the layering of jelly, brandy, custard, fruit, cream and sponge could make a festive bake so iconic. As long as you stay clear of the beef sautéed with peas and onions, you’ll be onto a timeless winner with this one. Great as a Christmas dessert to serve up when you’ve got a number of guests, simply scoop out a portion and indulge.
5. Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
When it comes to festive baking ideas, nothing says Christmas dessert more than the combination of chocolate and orange – and what better way to let the flavours rekindle their relationship than with a Christmassy cheesecake? Add orange zest and orange liqueur to your cream cheese before adding to your biscuit base and topping with dark chocolate shavings for the ultimate flavour combo.
Found some inspiration from our festive baking ideas? Whip up a Christmas dessert to remember this year, and don’t forget to grab everything you need from your nearest convenience store.