Slideshow: 21 Cakes to Make for Your Christmas Feast

Rum Glazed Banana Bundt Cake
Rum Glazed Banana Bundt Cake

Ripe bananas are right at home in this moist cashew and coconut laden cake. Top it off with a rum spiked glaze.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Little Debbie-Style Christmas Tree Cakes
Little Debbie-Style Christmas Tree Cakes

This recipe will give you a fluffy yellow cake with a silky whipped filling, and a coating of chocolate resilient enough to let you carry the whole thing around in the palm of your hand.

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[Photographs: Sarah Jane Sanders]

Pío V (Nicaraguan Christmas Cake)
Pío V (Nicaraguan Christmas Cake)

Pío V—allegedly named for 16th century Pope Pius V—is a Nicarguan rum syrup-soaked dessert typically served around Christmastime.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Chocolate and Salted Caramel Bûche de Nöel
Chocolate and Salted Caramel Bûche de Nöel

This traditional cake will tickle your pallette with the favorite holiday pairing of chocolate and salted caramel.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Ginger Cake with Spiked Custard
Ginger Cake with Spiked Custard

Molasses and dark brown sugar quietly set the stage for this cake, with a blend of dried ginger, allspice, cloves and assertive fresh ginger taking the spotlight. This is not a shy cake; it's bold, spicy and, served with a silky custard that's also no wallflower.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Rosemary, Honey, and Fig Cake
Rosemary, Honey, and Fig Cake

Serve this cake while the figs are still warm, perhaps with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of mascarpone.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Chocolate Ginger Peach Icebox Cake
Chocolate Ginger Peach Icebox Cake

The cake is a chocolate sponge that's light and gently spiced with ginger, with a peach and ginger semifreddo sandwiched between the layers,

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

The Dark Knight Cake (Triple Chocolate Layer Cake)
The Dark Knight Cake (Triple Chocolate Layer Cake)

This chocolate cake offers a generous blast of dark roast coffee and a touch of milk that makes for a gently bitter tone, while a smidge of cayenne adds mystique without turning up the heat.

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[Photograph: @sstiavetti]

Spiced Prune Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
Spiced Prune Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Moist dried plums, warm spice, and crunchy walnuts flavor this cream cheese drizzled cake.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Spiced Pears
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Spiced Pears

The 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 beautiful and delicious.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Gingerbread Icebox Cake with Mascarpone Mousse
Gingerbread Icebox Cake with Mascarpone Mousse

The term "cake" is used loosely here, but we doubt you'll mind. Part elegant holiday centerpiece, part little-kid fantasy, this tower of cream and cookies is as delicious as it is stunning.

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[Photograph: Erin Kunkel]

Pumpkin Roll with White Chocolate Cream Cheese
Pumpkin Roll with White Chocolate Cream Cheese

Creamy white chocolate-lemon cream cheese fills a moist spiced pumpkin cake. The pretty presentation makes it perfect for the holidays.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

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]

Graham Cracker Figgy Pudding
Graham Cracker Figgy Pudding

This baked pudding is really more like a cake. Rich in diced figs and spices, it gives a hint of fruitcakey-ness, but with a flavor that is far superior. The figs give it a mellow, almost honey-like sweetness, and keep it just moist enough to be slightly sticky, but not so sticky that it sticks to your teeth.

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[Photographs: Cakespy]

Triple Gingerbread Cake
Triple Gingerbread Cake

This spiced sheet cake has ground ginger, fresh ginger, and candied ginger for a triple hit of flavor. It's also a great make-ahead sweet as it tastes better the next day.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Pumpkin Spice Cake
Pumpkin Spice Cake

This spice cake gets revamped with pumpkin, bold spices, molasses, and bold fresh ginger.

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[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]