12 bakes of Christmas

With so many magic moments to enjoy with friends and family over the holiday season, it’s the perfect excuse to rustle up an array of mouthwatering bakes that would delight a small army of elves.

  1. Decorating the Christmas tree

    Dusting off boxes of baubles, tinsel and fairy lights is a family activity that deserves to be celebrated. With almost as much decoration as the final tree, these cute Christmas biscuits are the perfect bake to share around as you debate whether the angel or star should crown the top of the tree this year...

  2. All wrapped up

    Getting tangled up in ribbon and sticky tape is all part of the fun when wrapping up the pressies. Make the task a lot sweeter by nibbling on a classic mince pie or try these gorgeous Viennese whirl mince pies which have a crumbly, buttery swirl on top of the traditional mincemeat and pastry.

  3. Christmas cocktail party

    Hearing the clink of glasses at Christmas is as wonderful a sound as the ringing of sleigh bells. Team up your cocktails with these festively spiced eggnog cupcakes, topped with a boozy brandy buttercream frosting.

  4. Exchanging pressies

    It won’t be just the presents your friends and family get excited over if you hand them a slice of this jaw-droppingly beautiful s’mores cake. Whether it’s the gorgeous layers of white and dark chocolate sponge or the meringue topping that they love the most, your cake will be the talk of Christmas.

  5. Christmas Eve bash

    Be it a casual affair or a sit-down meal, serving up a beautiful dessert on the night before Christmas will be the sweet secret of your success. With its beautifully seasonal fruit centre and snowy-white topping, this cranberry meringue pie is the perfect special occasion bake to get the festivities started.

  6. Santa and his reindeer

    With Santa about to make his arrival down the chimney, you need to think about giving him a warm welcome. Put your little helpers to work baking some gingerbread reindeer to leave out before bed. What's more, any that are mysteriously left in the morning can be hung on the tree as edible decorations.

  7. Unwrapping pressies

    If you’ve been up since first light with excitable children diving under the Christmas tree, then you’re probably feeling the need for a pick-me-up. These apricot-almond cruffins, a cross between a croissant and muffin, will give you an energy boost to keep you going until lunch. 

  8. The Royal-tea

    It seems only fitting to drink tea and eat cake while watching the Queen’s speech, so leave a little room after lunch to enjoy even the tiniest of slices. Go traditional with a rich and fruity Christmas cake, or for something a little less on the heavy side, this low sugar St Clement's cake is packed with zingy citrus flavour in every bite. 

  9. Christmas Day TV

    Skipped the Queen's speech but ready for some Christmas TV specials? Get snuggled up on the sofa with a plateful of these gorgeously festive melt-in-the-middle red velvet cookies which are stuffed with chocolate hazelnut spread for that perfect gooey centre. 

  10. Boxing Day buffet

    If you’re putting on a Boxing Day spread for everyone to tuck into, then don’t forget to be generous with your sweet bakes. We love this rocky road bombe which is a chocoholic's dream version of a Christmas pud, packed with festive dried fruits, fluffy marshmallows and crunchy biscuits for the ultimate slice-and-serve dessert. 

  11. Last-minute guests

    Having a handy stash of biscuits for unexpected visitors will make your house a very popular place to be. This gingerbread wreath makes a gorgeous centrepiece to have on display throughout the holidays but when guests drop in, you can break off the snowflakes to enjoy with a cup of tea or glass of mulled wine. 

  12. New Year’s Day walk

    Whether you’re recovering from the festivities of the night before or looking for some quality family time, a brisk walk is the perfect New Year’s Day activity. Wrapped up against the cold you'll match these fluffy polar bear cupcakes which are the perfect bake to work up an appetite for.