Christmas Baking: Puddings, Cakes, and More

Last Updated December 05, 2017
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Bûche de Noël, photo by Amy Robb of Edible Northeast Florida

We've rounded up some traditional Christmas baked goodies that will look beautiful on your holiday table -- an easy French Bûche de Noël, a spicy Jamaican ginger cake, Kentucky bourbon balls, a German Stollen, and more!

Ginger-Cardamom and Cranberry Applesauce Cake

I love picking apples at Old Stone Orchard in Adamsville, RI. This cake was inspired by their tart Granny Smith apples and sweeter McIntosh, which I combined to make a homemade chunky applesauce. You...

Holiday Stollen

holiday stollen
Historians have traced this special holiday bread back to the year 1400. Prepared for the winter solstice, this rich bread is filled with dried or preserved fruit. There are probably as many recipes...

Aagot’s Christmas Cranberry Pudding

Heritage recipe provided by Chef Ross Hanson–Oak & Rye, Los Gatos, as part of Fall+Holiday 2017's Chefs Talk Turkey article. Recipe originally from his great grandmother, Christine...

Ali Sperry's Family Rum Cake

Singer and songwriter Ali Sperry inherited this recipe from her grandmother. "Nana was the quintessential hostess. She was exceedingly gracious and nurtured everyone around her—with food, with her...

Chestnut Flour Cake (Castagnaccio)

chestnut flour cake
Castagnaccio is often called a ‘cake’ in English translations but it’s really somewhere between a slice and a dense, thick crêpe.

Holiday Magic Bars

holiday magic bars vegan
Bake up some vegan magic with these chewy, fruity bars.

Jamaican Ginger Cake with Caramelized White Chocolate Ice Cream

jamaican ginger cake
Just simply a great ginger cake that’s a cinch to make.

Bûche de Noël

Buche de Noel Log cake on white plate in front of firewood
This traditional French cake is in the shape of a tree branch - the name means Christmas log. It makes a unique addition to your holiday dessert table.

Muscadine Marbled Cheesecake

Muscadine Marbled Cheesecake
The tart-sweet creamy beauty of the Muscadine Cheesecake not only brings something extra-special to your holiday table, but also celebrates the love of delicious fresh food and the joy that comes from...

Roasted Sugar Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Fresh Cranberry and Salted Caramel

Warm up on a brisk autumn evening with this indulgent bread pudding made with fresh sugar pumpkin and tart cranberries. Smothered in a salted caramel, this bread pudding is as easy to make as it is...

Kentucky Bourbon Balls Recipe

With their smooth chocolate coating, a pecan on top, and the rich, oaky taste of bourbon, these bonbons make a beautiful, mouthwatering Christmas treat. Use your favorite bourbon to add the...

Christmas Morning Scones

Mix these breakfast treats up while the coffee is brewing, and you won’t need an alarm clock to get everyone to the table. The scent of rosemary will even wake up the sleepy-heads.
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