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.
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.
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.
Pío V (Nicaraguan Christmas Cake)
Pío V—allegedly named for 16th century Pope Pius V—is a Nicarguan dessert typically served around Christmastime. The rum soaked cake is filled with a rich custard.
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.
Bûche de Noël
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.
Ginger Cake with Spiked Custard
Molasses and dark brown sugar quietly set the stage for this cake, while a blend of dried ginger, allspice, cloves and assertive fresh ginger take the spotlight. This bold and spicy cake is an elegant twist on the more homey gingerbread. href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/12/gingerbread-bold-spicy-ginger-cake-with-spiked-custard-recipe-holiday.html">Get the recipe! »
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.
Chocolate-Hazelnut Layer Cake
Tiers of moist chocolate cake are refreshed with hazelnut liqueur and airy drifts of chocolate, Nutella, and toasted hazelnut mousse.
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.