Traditional Christmas cake (that of dried fruit and brandy) is a staple of many Christmas dessert tables but it’s not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea (or slice of cake). And it doesn’t have to be – modern takes on traditional cakes are commonplace these days (just think of the last time you enjoyed a wedding cake with a twist).
So, if you’re not a fan of traditional cake, we’ve got some delicious alternatives, sure to satisfy your guests, whatever their dessert preferences. Our advice? If you’re doing your yuletide baking yourself or buying something new, try a practice round to ensure your choice is the perfect ending to your special Christmas meal or special occasion event.
Four scrumptious Christmas cakes with a difference
1. Go Italian
Like the dried fruit but not a fan of the dense texture of brandy-infused Christmas cake? Why not try an Italian panettone? Light and airy, panettone is a sweet bread filled with candied fruit. They range from simple to more elaborate creations, including chocolate and custard fillings, different types of icing, and there are alcoholic versions as well. Decadent and different, panettone is Italian Christmas dessert at its best.
2. Bring a little Tiffin to the table
Smothered in a rich chocolate coating and filled with cherries, biscuits, nuts and chewy marshmallow, Tiffin cake is a delicious mix of top notch chocolate cake and a pumped-up Christmas fruit cake. Forget baking it in a traditional cake shape – rather go for individual squares or separate cake pieces that spell out Christmas themed words like ‘Noel’ or ‘Cheers’ to create a dessert that’s a stunningly festive centrepiece too.
3. Spice things up with ginger
A gingerbread house definitely says Christmas and, with so many shapes and styles, to choose from, you can be as creative as you like. Decorate a number of small gingerbread houses with your favourite sweets and candies (and get your family to help!). Great fun to make and a lovely centrepiece too.
4. Bunt it up
With the right pan, bunt cake (or ring cake) hardly ever fails. And there’s nothing to say your cake has to be a sweet one – fresh flavours can make for a pleasant ending to a rich feast. Think lemon and thyme, orange and ginger, or pumpkin and cinnamon. Decorate with dark chocolate drizzle or sprigs of the herbs you’ve used, or even some festive holly.
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