The Best Christmas Bakes

Few activities can make you feel as festive as an afternoon of Christmas baking. From an ornate raspberry wreath to the perfect gingerbread cottage, these are our favourite yuletide bakes to make this year's celebrations even sweeter.

Three-ingredient Christmas Cake from Three Ingredient Baking by Sarah Rainey

This fool-proof recipe for a delicious Christmas Cake is the perfect activity to get the kids involved in. Using only three ingredients, this cake couldn't be simpler to make, and not only does it look the part but it's packed with lovely festive flavours.

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Christmas Biscuit Wreath from Biscuiteers Book of Iced Gifts by Biscuiteers 

A festive wreath made out of two different types of delicious biscuit, exquisitely shaped and decorated with icing, ready to hang up in your home or give to a lucky friend. This is the definition of a showstopping bake, Christmas edition. 

Buy Biscuiteers Book of Iced Gifts here.

Praline and Parsnip Cake from The Little Swedish Kitchen by Rachel Khoo

Rachel Khoo's clever twist on a traditional carrot cake is a baking revelation, with the sweetness of the parsnips creating a lovely warming flavour, topped off with the irresistible nuttiness of the praline. You can be inventive with how you decorate it, making it a fun project to get stuck into over the Christmas period. 

Get a copy of The Little Swedish Kitchen here.

Cinnamon and Raspberry Whirl Wreath from The Great British Bake Off: Christmas by Lizzie Kamenetzky

Made using a sweet, enriched dough coated in fruity jam and shaped like a wreath, this gorgeous showstopping bake fills the house with the aroma of freshly baked bread and plenty of festive cheer.

Buy The Great British Bake Off: Christmas here.

Ginger Spiced Ring Cake from Classic by Mary Berry 

Delicately spiced and beautifully presented, this recipe from Classic is full of laid-back but sophisticated festive cheer.

Buy a copy of Classic by Mary Berry here.

Jamie Oliver's Chocolate Log from Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver

Featuring sweet chestnut purée, honeyed cream and a crushed honeycomb filling, this is no ordinary chocolate log! Decorated with kitsch Christmas ornaments, few scenes are more festive.

Buy Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook here.

Martha Swift's Eggnog Cupcakes from Primrose Bakery Christmas by Martha Swift

Made using homemade eggnog, these festive cupcakes are finished with snow-like icing and a dusting of nutmeg.

Buy Primrose Bakery Christmas here.

Jamie Oliver's Classic Mince Pies from Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver

Flaky Pastry, mincemeat, sweet squash, almonds and maple syrup, need we say any more? Your Christmas baking wouldn't be complete without a wonderful mince pie and Jamie's classic recipe is hard to beat. 

Buy Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook here.

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