Xmas Cakes Make the Best Presents – Find Out the Best Flavors and More

Christmas is coming soon, so it’s time to start thinking about gifts! Did you know that Christmas cakes make the best presents? There are so many different cakes you can create, and every one of them is sure to be appreciated!

In this article, we’ll explore the 20 best flavors for Christmas cakes and provide you with some tips on packaging your baked gifts. 

20 Best Christmas Cake Flavors 

Below, we’ll be describing the 20 best Christmas cake flavors. Each one is sure to be a hit, whether you’re giving it as a gift or taking it to a holiday party. Everyone appreciates a homemade cake! 

Classic Chocolate Yule Log 

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The Classic Chocolate Yule Log, also known as a Buche de Noel, is a true Christmas classic; this may not be the easiest cake to make, but the results are well worth the time and effort it will take.

A rich, indulgent Swiss roll is filled with vanilla whipped cream and rolled into a log topped with icing, chocolate shavings, and (if desired) Christmas-themed sprinkles. 

Tiramisu Cake 

This cake based on the classic Italian tiramisu is a great choice. Start with a boxed angel food cake mix. Add espresso, coffee liqueur, cream cheese, filled with a frosting made from frozen whipped topping and topped with a fudge glaze.

This cake is sure to be a hit- especially for those who love classic tiramisu! 

Turtle Cheesecake 

Chances are, you know that turtle candy is often a favorite stocking stuffer at Christmas time. However, did you know that a Turtle Cheesecake is also a favorite?

This cheesecake combines chocolate, pecans, and caramel blended into and on top of a classic cheesecake base inside of a graham cracker crust. When you make this, you can be sure that it will be a request for years to come! 

Red Velvet Cake 

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Red velvet cake makes a great gift and a beautiful centerpiece for your Christmas dessert table. This cake comes in a deep red color but a chocolate flavor, which contrasts the delicious white cream cheese icing. 

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake 

This cake features a brownie base topped with vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry icecreams, just like the classic Neapolitan ice cream.

This cake is quite impressive looking, but it’s actually easy to make- which will save you lots of time during the holiday rushing around. However, keep in mind that it needs to stay frozen, or the ice cream will melt and make a mess. 

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake 

This cheesecake features peppermint bark mixed into the cream cheese filling.

You can use a classic graham cracker crust if you wish- but a crunchy chocolate cookie crust goes well with the chocolate peppermint flavor of the bark. Crush some of the leftover peppermint bark and sprinkle on the top as a garnish. 

Chocolate Candy Cane Cake 

This cake is perfect for those who love chocolate-mint flavored treats.

The three chocolate cake layers are alternated with peppermint-flavored buttercream frosting, and then it’s frosted with the same icing and garnished with chocolate curls and mini candy canes; this makes an impressive display on your holiday dessert table, as well as an excellent gift for your loved ones. 

Christmas Tree Cupcakes 

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If you want to do something a little different, try Christmas tree cupcakes. 

Make a chocolate sour cream batter with just a hint of coffee flavor, then show off your skills by piping green icing on top in the shape of a Christmas tree. Then, add Christmas-themed sprinkles to decorate the tree.

If you’re displaying on a dessert table, keep the theme going and use cake stands to create a pyramid shape to arrange them on. 

Lemon Mascarpone Layer Cake 

The lemon mascarpone layer cake is part cake, part trifle, and has something for everyone! 

This gorgeous cake looks really lovely on the dessert table and makes a yummy gift as well. Lemon sponge cake is soaked in sweet lemon syrup and features a citrus mascarpone cream between the layers. 

Black Forest Chocolate Cake 

Black Forest Chocolate cake makes a great holiday treat! 

Infused layers of chocolate cake with berry liqueur and put together with cherry filling between the layers. Then, frosted with a whipped cream frosting. Garnished with white and dark chocolate curls and maraschino cherries for a unique presentation; this will look amazing on your dessert table. 

Sock-it-to-Me Bundt Cake 

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This bundt cake not only features an adorable name, the sour cream and cinnamon flavor, along with the crunch of chopped pecans, make it delicious! 

Bake in a bundt pan and then top with a simple vanilla glaze. 

For a special touch, you can add sugared cranberries to the top while the glaze is still sticky. 

Eggnog White Chocolate Cheesecake 

If you’re like a lot of people, holidays make you crave eggnog. If you are one of those people, then your new favorite Christmas dessert will be eggnog white chocolate cheesecake. 

The cream cheese/sour cream filling is combined with dark rum, holiday spices, vanilla, and white chocolate chips and poured into a gingersnap crust. 

This will give you the delicious flavor of eggnog in every single bite. 

Italian Wedding Cake 

Don’t be fooled by the name of his cake! This is a moist cake topped with white frosting and coconut flakes; this is the perfect Christmas cake because it looks like a winter wonderland! If you’re making this as a dessert for a party or after dinner, you’ll want to make it a day ahead to give the flavors time to intermingle with one another. 

This cake is sure to be a hit! 

Pistachio Layer Cake 

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This gorgeous layer cake featuring fluffy whipped cream frosting has a fantastic flavor! 

The combination of the pistachios and the pudding in the batter provides lots of nutty flavors. The frosting is so light and fluffy; you’ll want to eat it all by itself! 

Even though this is a list of Christmas cakes, this cake is perfect for any of your springtime celebrations as well. 

French Opera Cake 

This cake is a classic that is always going to catch peoples’ attention. 

With combined layers of almond-flavored sponge cake, coffee-flavored buttercream, and dark chocolate ganache to create a breathtaking dessert that you can be proud of. 

This cake does take some time and effort, but the results are well worth it. Your loved ones will be pretty impressed with your skills. 

Fig Preserve Cake with Caramel Glaze 

This is an elegant dessert that can be served at a holiday party or an afternoon tea. 

Since this cake features fig preserves in the batter instead of fresh, you can make it any time of the year. The cake features chopped pecans, which provides a surprise crunch. Finally, top with a caramel glaze for an extra special touch. 

Traditional Fruitcake 

The traditional brandy-soaked fruitcake will always be a feature on holiday dessert tables or Christmas gift lists. 

Though people often make fun of it, this cake is quite delicious and makes a great addition to any holiday celebration. 

Butter Pecan Layer Cake 

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This cake features toasted pecans right in the batter.

This two-layered cake is filled and frosted with butter pecan-flavored frosting. You can garnish with additional toasted pecans if you wish, or you can serve it just like it is without the extra pecans. Either way, you will get some rave reviews with this cake. 

Cupcake Wreath 

This dessert is not only yummy to eat, but it also makes a great decoration at your holiday parties- especially when there are children present!

Simply make some cupcakes and frost them with green frosting. Then, arrange in a wreath shape and decorate with Christmas-themed sprinkles. You can add a little bow at the bottom to make it look more like a wreath if you wish. This is another one that’s sure to leave people talking about just how creative you are! 

Easy Orange Liqueur Cake 

This cake combines a yellow cake mix with orange juice, zest, and liqueur with chopped pecans. Bake it in a bundt pan and drizzle with an orange glaze, and top with candied citrus peel while it’s still sticky if you wish to create an elegant presentation. 

How to Package Baked Goods to Gift 

Now that you have some ideas for the best cakes to give as Christmas gifts this year, let’s talk about how you’ll package them.

Once the cake is cooled, you’ll want to lay it on a piece of parchment paper that is large enough to wrap around it. Then, wrap the parchment paper up and over the cake and fold the ends down until they reach the cake.

Use tape to secure the paper. It’s essential that you use parchment paper because the tape will not stick to wax paper. Take a piece of wrapping paper and wrap it around the cake as decoration. You don’t have to wrap the cake fully; just a strip will do just fine. Secure with tape on the bottom.

Then, decorate your package just like you would anything else you were gifting. Add ribbons, bows, etc., as you wish. 


Christmas is coming and will be here before we know it. Therefore, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to gift your loved ones. 

Keep in mind that cakes- especially the ones listed here- make great gifts! 

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