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The 12 Cakes of Christmas

Be sweet to yourself this Christmas. Choose from 12 of the Allrecipes community's favorite holiday cakes.

Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread

"This is everyone's holiday favorite, even the busy cook's, because it is so easy to make."

--Charles, recipe submitter

Rave Review:

"A excellent gingerbread recipe. I love to use it like a shortcake, using juicy peaches and whipping cream. Yummy!"

--DeltaQueen50, Vancouver, British Columbia

English Walnut Date Cake

"This has been a favorite of my husband's since I can long remember. His mother always manages to bake him one every year (she's 75) for Christmas ... though she claims it's always his last."

--Lynda McCormick, recipe submitter

Rave Review:

"I made this for Christmas and everyone raved about it! I also made a granadilla flavored icing that I drizzled over it and the tanginess really complemented the cake flavor. Will definitely be making this every year for Christmas now."

--Purplemoon, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Chocolate Decadence Yule Log

"A classic holiday cake that is so rich, it makes you feel absolutely decadent! You roll it up jelly roll style, and then decorate it to look like a log."

--Kim C., recipe submitter

Rave Review:

"Perfect ratios and the directions are great. I have made other Yule logs in the past, but this is the recipe I will use from now on."

--Jillian, Elgin, Illinois

White Fruit Cake

"My mother has been making this fruit cake at Christmas time for as long as I can remember. My whole family loves it. I know there are a lot of people out there that have issues with fruit cake, but this recipe has converted even the most reluctant."

--Brenda, recipe submitter

Rave Review:

"This is a great recipe for white fruitcake. I have been looking for a good white fruitcake recipe, and this is definitely the one! Will make again every year!"

--Steph577, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Apple Bavarian Torte

"This torte is made in a spring form pan. Cream cheese, almonds, and apples deck this to the nines! Enjoy this dessert with your loved ones during the holidays."

--Terri, recipe submitter

Rave Review:

"I have been making this for years. It started in high school, when I had to make something Bavarian for German class. Little did I know it would be so popular. When someone is having a party, they request this torte. I make it every Thanksgiving and most New Year's Eves, but it is good any time of the year."

--Sekelsey, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Cherry Pound Cake

"My grandmother always made this creamy cake for Christmas morning. It's so pretty and tastes wonderful! Now that Nana is gone, I'm continuing the tradition."

-- Holly Fisher, recipe submitter

Rave Review:

"I wish I could give this cake more than 5 stars. It is fantastic! I used light cream cheese and used lemon extract instead of the almond extract. I made a glaze with the cherry juice and icing sugar and drizzled it on while the cake was still warm. I can't wait to make it again!"

--Jennifer72_00, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Eggnog Cheesecake III

"This is a delicious cheesecake for eggnog lovers. The secret to a smooth cheesecake is to cream the cream cheese in a food processor for several minutes."

--Bill Sinclair, recipe submitter

Rave Review:

"This is absolutely everything I hoped for! I have wanted to make an eggnog cheesecake for years and just found this recipe. Made it last night and couldn't wait till after Thanksgiving dinner to taste it. It is incredible! Anyone who loves eggnog has to make this. Thank you for this recipe."

--Susandon, Greensboro, NC

Peppermint Chiffon Cake

"An oh-so-minty cake!"

--Lynn, recipe submitter

Rave Review:

"This was absolutely delicious. Everyone wanted the recipe. Looks more complicated than it really is. Very easy to make. I frosted it with cool whip and put some holiday sprinkles on top. Rave reviews!!"


Ultimate Cranberry Pudding Cake

"An absolutely delicious cranberry Bundt cake. The hot butter sauce is to die for. Great for the holidays!"

--Lisa Kreft, recipe submitter

Rave Review:

"The sauce is what makes this cake so great. I took this cake to a Hanukkah party and a Christmas party last year and it got rave reviews at both. I can't remember when I've had so many requests for one recipe. I will be making this, by request :) every year from now on."

--Zale, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Red Velvet Cake IV

"The classic red cake with a white chocolate cream cheese icing."

--Pat in St. Augustine, recipe submitter

Rave Review

"This cake is excellent! I have used this recipe twice and each time, I get more requests for it. I don't use the white chocolate in the frosting because it's rich enough without it for our taste. It's still an awesome cake."

--Fran J, Pikesville, Maryland

Orange Pumpkin Loaf

"You can try this moist loaf with an orange cream spread, butter, or leave plain. For a variation, try substituting dates for the raisins."

--Carol, recipe submitter

Rave Review:

"Imagine all the wonderful fragrances of the holidays: pumpkin, orange, and spices. That's what this orange pumpkin loaf bakes up to be. I was a little skeptical about using an entire orange, but the results are fantastic. I prefer dried cranberries to raisins so that's what I used. Otherwise, I made no changes to the recipe as written and suggest that you follow it as well. You won't be disappointed."

--Anastasia Wojiek, Moscow, Idaho

Black Forest Cake II

"Wonderful chocolate layer cake which is soaked in Kirsch liqueur, with cherry filling."

--Valinda, recipe submitter

Rave Reviews:

"My finance's favorite dessert is a black forest cake so I was a bit nervous about making him one from scratch. I made this for x-mas and it was a hit by all."


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