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The best Christmas bakes

by Jessica Lockyer-Palmer

published on 5 December 2017

Few activities can make you feel as festive as an afternoon of Christmas baking. From an ornate raspberry wreath to the perfect gingerbread, fill your kitchen with the scent of warming spices, dust your countertops with snow-like sugar and declare the festivities open with these Christmas bakes.

Stork Christmas Cake

Stork Christmas Cake

by Stork

For the perfect Christmas fruit cake, make this about five weeks before Christmas and feed it with spoonfuls of brandy until the big day.  

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Three-ingredient Christmas Cake

Three-ingredient Christmas Cake

by Sarah Rainey

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

Classic Mince Pies Flaky Pastry, Mincemeat, Sweet Squash, Almonds & Maple Syrup

Classic Mince Pies Flaky Pastry, Mincemeat, Sweet Squash, Almonds & Maple Syrup

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

Six-Minute Mince Pie Mug Cake

Six-Minute Mince Pie Mug Cake

by Sarah Rainey

If a mince pie craving strikes, head for this six-minute microwave mug cake to get your fix in a flash.

Praline and Parsnip Cake (Tårta med pralin och palsternacka)

Praline and Parsnip Cake (Tårta med pralin och palsternacka)

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. 

Mary Berry’s Granny’s Gingerbread

Mary Berry’s Granny’s Gingerbread

“My grandchildren love it!”, says Mary of this beautifully sticky, light traybake treat. An old-fashioned cake that celebrates festive flavours. 

Cinnamon and Raspberry Whirl Wreath

Cinnamon and Raspberry Whirl Wreath

by Lizzie Kamenetzky

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

Chocolate Log Sweet Chestnut Purée, Honeyed Cream & Crushed Honeycomb Filling

Chocolate Log Sweet Chestnut Purée, Honeyed Cream & Crushed Honeycomb Filling

Featuring sweet chestnut purée, honeyed cream, a crushed honeycomb filling, and kitsch festive decorations, this is a Christmas log the Jamie Oliver way.

Eggnog Cupcakes

Eggnog Cupcakes

by Martha Swift

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

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