Irresistible Holiday Cakes & Cupcakes

From chocolate-orange marble cake to vanilla cupcakes topped with fluffy meringue, these greatest hits make dazzling holiday desserts.


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Chocolate and Vanilla Red Velvet Cake

    Sandwiched between layers of red-for-the-holidays red velvet cake, mascarpone-vanilla bean filling hides inside. On top, a creamy layer of chocolate ganache adds decadence.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   50 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
2/31
Christmas Ornament Cupcakes

    Use fondant to top basic cupcakes (you pick the flavor) with ornament designs. Licorice laces provide the ornament "hangers."

Makes: 12 servings
Start to Finish  1 hr 30 mins 
3/31
Mocha Buche de Noel

    Bring back a Christmas classic -- this log features rolled chocolate cake and cream cheese frosting, as well as decorative sugared cranberries for the ultimate holiday dessert.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Chill   30 mins 
Bake   12 mins  375°F 
4/31
Holiday Cake Pops

    We offer loads of variations on this share-ready favorite. From the base flavors -- such as Cookies and Cream, Peanut Butter Cup, and Raspberry Truffle -- to the frostings, you can create a handful of pops to please any holiday palette.

Makes: 34 servings
Prep  1 hr 45 mins 
Bake  according to the package
Freeze  1 hr  to 1 hr 30 mins 
5/31
Holiday Must-Have: Cake Pops Maker

    Fun to make and fun to eat when you want a taste of something sweet! Bake 12 cake pops in minutes with the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker.

6/31
O Tannenbaum Cupcakes

    Pointy ice cream cones provide the lift in these sky-high cupcakes. A star-tip frosting tool helps create the fir effect.

Makes: 12 servings
Start to Finish  1 hr 30 mins 
7/31
Chocolaty Peppermint Cupcakes

    A decadent layer of homemade peppermint frosting fills these rich and chocolaty mini cakes.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 cupcakes
Prep   50 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
Cool   5 mins 
8/31
Butterscotch Marble Cake

    This festive cake is so simple it starts with a mix. Butterscotch pudding makes it moist, while homemade chocolate icing adds sweetness.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 
Bake   55 mins  350°F 
9/31
Pina Colada Cakes

    We've turned a festive cocktail into a holiday-worthy dessert your guests will love. Top these moist pineapple cupcakes with fluffy coconut frosting.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 cupcakes
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   18 mins  350°F 
Cool   5 mins 
10/31
Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Cakes

    Chocolate mini cakes are filled with fresh raspberries and glazed with an ultra-rich icing.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 cupcakes
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   18 mins  350°F 
Cool   5 mins 
11/31
Cherry Polenta Cake

    Grappa-laced whipped cream, tart dried cherries, and powdered sugar top this festive cornmeal cake.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   40 mins  350°F 
Cool   40 mins 
12/31
Mocha-Filled Banana Cakes

    Fill these fluffy cakes with luscious chocolate and top with a buttery banana frosting.

Makes: 24 servings
Serving size: 24 cupcakes
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   15 mins  350°F 
Cool   5 mins 
13/31
Gianduia Mousse Cake

    Hazelnut adds zip to this dense chocolate cake.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake  1 hr 15 mins  350°F 
Cool  2 hrs 
14/31
Red Velvet Cupcakes with White Chocolate Filling

    White chocolate filling and whipped cream put a special twist on this classic favorite.

Makes: 18 servings
Serving size: 18 cupcakes
Prep   50 mins 
Bake   18 mins  350°F 
Cool   20 mins 
15/31
Bittersweet Cheesecake Torte

    Layers of velvety ganache and creamy cheesecake make this gorgeous dessert a decadent holiday favorite.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Cool   10 mins  to  15 mins 
Bake   25 mins  to 1 hr  350°F 
16/31
Fudge Brownie Surprise Cupcakes

    A miniature candy bar is tucked inside these chocolaty cupcakes that start with a mix and end with a cherry on top.

Makes: 15 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Bake   22 mins  350°F 
17/31
White Chocolate Layer Cake with Cranberry Filling

    A tart, cinnamon-spiced cranberry filling and rich white-chocolate frosting makes this moist vanilla cake sing.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
18/31
Pecan-Laced German Chocolate Cake

    The secret behind this decadent cake's chocolaty goodness: coffee. It deepens the flavor of the chocolate. The creamy coconut frosting, featuring toasted pecans, couldn't be more delicious.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
19/31
Meringue-Topped Raspberry Cupcakes

    A light-and-airy meringue tops these raspberry liqueur-laced cupcakes. Garnish each one with a fresh raspberry just before serving.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   5 mins 
Bake   23 mins  to  25 mins  350°F 
20/31
Orange Ancho Marble Cake

    Finely shredded orange peel gives this pretty chocolate-and-vanilla swirled cake a festive feel. Chili powder adds a touch of heat.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake   35 mins  to  40 mins  350°F 
21/31
Pecan Cakes

    You can bake these buttery cakes and freeze them for up to a month. Powdered sugar, fresh raspberries, and shredded orange peel make a beautiful (and tasty) topper.

Serving size: 24 cakes
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   5 mins 
Bake   15 mins  350°F 
22/31
Stove-Top Holiday Apple Cake

    This apple-and-spice cake is oh so nice. It simmers for two hours on your stovetop and then keeps for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   45 mins 
Cook  1 hr 45 mins  350°F 
23/31
Red-and-White Christmas Cake

    Filled with raspberry preserves and covered with a fluffy white chocolate frosting, this red velvet cake makes a gorgeous centerpiece for your holiday table.

Makes: 24 servings
Prep  1 hr 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake  1 hr 35 mins  to 1 hr 40 mins  325°F 
24/31
Mini Snowball Cakes

    Secret ingredients -- eggnog and nutmeg -- turn ordinary cake mix into a deliciously different holiday dessert. Dip the cakes into a cream cheese-and-eggnog icing and add coconut to resemble newly fallen snow.

Serving size: 36 mini cupcakes
Prep   40 mins 
Cool   5 mins 
Bake   10 mins  350°F 
25/31
Cream Caramel Cake

    A combination of mocha syrup, coffee liqueur, and Irish cream makes this caramel cake rich and delicious.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
26/31
Banana Cream Pavlova Tower

    Pavlova is one of Australia's most beloved desserts, and this one -- composed of stacked meringues, bananas, and pistachios -- explains why.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Chill  1 hr  to 2 hrs 
Bake   35 mins  300°F 
27/31
Pistachio Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream

    Three layers of vanilla cake, studded with pistachios, are covered in an elegant white chocolate-buttercream frosting.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   50 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Bake   30 mins 
28/31
Cherry Baby Cakes

    A cherry filling makes these mini vanilla cakes simply delicious. Top each one with a maraschino cherry after cooling.

Serving size: about 30 small cakes
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   12 mins  350°F 
29/31
Layered Chocolate-Zabaglione

    These delightful little cakes bake in just 18 minutes and are embellished with fluffy white chocolate frosting and Zabaglione sauce.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep  1 hr 
Bake   18 mins  350°F 
Stand   30 mins 
30/31
Mini Cocoa Cakes

    These moist mini cakes are ideal for a holiday dessert buffet. For decorating, try grated orange peel, mini chocolate pieces, minced peanut brittle, and cinnamon candy.

Serving size: 48 mini cakes
Prep   45 mins 
Cool   10 mins 
Bake   15 mins  325°F per batch
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