Slideshow: 11 Cakes To Make For Christmas

Chocolate and Salted Caramel Bûche de Nöel
Chocolate and Salted Caramel Bûche de Nöel
The traditional Christmas cake gets one of the hottest flavor combinations of the year: salted caramel. It's as delicious as it is visually stunning.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Orange Cake with Mulled Wine Cranberry Jam
Orange Cake with Mulled Wine Cranberry Jam
The secret to this cake is a jam made with mulled wine and cranberry; the berries are simmered until thick then reduced in a mixture of wine, ginger, peppercorns, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon—heady, intoxicating, and intense.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Fruitcake That Won't Make You Gag
Fruitcake That Won't Make You Gag
Here at last is a cake that doesn't require weeks or months of preparation, nor a napkin to politely spit the unsavory bite out into.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Hot Chocolate and Marshmallow Cake Roll
Hot Chocolate and Marshmallow Cake Roll
The outer layer of this dessert is a moist and fluffy chocolate cake. The filling is whipped cream, stabilized with cream cheese and unflavored gelatin. Hot chocolate's marshmallow topping had to be represented, and mini ones are folded into the cream.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Bûche de Noël
Bûche de Noël
The combination of chestnuts, cranberries, and praline is unique and delicious. We've got a step-by-step slideshow to show you how to make this traditional christmas treat (including the meringue mushrooms!).

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[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Orange Olive Oil Cake With Candied Walnuts
Orange Olive Oil Cake With Candied Walnuts
This dairy-free cake is nutty with a subtle brightness of orange. A topping of candied walnuts adds a festive crunch.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Little Debbie-Style Christmas Tree Cakes
Little Debbie-Style Christmas Tree Cakes
These little cakes are not only adorable, they're a great project for the family. Put simply: bake a cake. Make buttercream. Sandwich them together. Cut into shapes. Glaze.

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[Photograph: Sarah Jane Sanders]

Chocolate-Hazelnut Layer Cake
Chocolate-Hazelnut Layer Cake
Tiers of moist chocolate cake are refreshed with hazelnut liqueur and airy drifts of chocolate, Nutella, and toasted hazelnut mousse.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Spiced Pears
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Spiced Pears
This recipe is dense with vibrant egg yolks, lightened with meringue, and saturated with bittersweet chocolate. The ginger-and-pepper spiced wine-poached pears that top this cake are fiery orange, tinted with beet.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]