Making a rich spiced fruit cake is a Christmas tradition for many families. In fact if you’ve done things right, you should have made your cake several months ago as the best fruit cakes have been left to mature.
Well, not all of us are that organised and for that matter, not all of us like the traditional fruit Christmas cake. I for one think the Japanese have got it right – their traditional Christmas cake is a light and fluffy sponge decorated with strawberries and cream. As kids we used to eat the royal icing and marzipan but would leave the yucky fruit cake.
Luckily there are plenty of other alternatives for those of us who don’t like fruit cake and/or don’t have time to make a cake this year. All these Christmas cakes are available to buy online, look fantastic and taste delicious.
This Christmas cake pop kit is a fun activity to do in the run up to Christmas with kids and doubles as a lovely decoration to put on your Christmas table. The cake pops are chocolate flavoured with festive sprinkles. Available from Not on The High Street.
Would you prefer a bag of Haribo over a slice of xmas cake? Then this is the “cake” for you! A box of festive jelly sweets including santas, strawberry bites, candy necklaces, fizzy melon, juicy lips, red hearts, apple bon bons and red liquorice wheels. Makes a great gift for a sweet-toothed friend or treat yourself! Get it from Not on The High Street.
Stollen is a traditional German Christmas cake that’s actually more of a bread than a cake. It’s dusted in icing sugar, filled with dried fruits and a centre core of marzipan. It’s quite addictive and a great festive treat with a cup of tea or coffee!
This novelty Christmas cake has to get the prize as being the cutest in the list! This chocolate tiffin decorated with chocolate pretzels, chocolate buttons and glacé cherries is divided into 8 portions. It comes in a box with a Christmas ribbon and gift tag, so makes a great present. Get it from Not On The High Street.
Everyone loves chocolate brownies! This festive version includes dried fruit, glace cherries and is topped with icing. You can also opt for cranberry and orange or double-chocolate versions. Available from Not On The High Street.
Kids will love this adorable madeira sponge igloo cake decorated with fondant snow and penguin characters. Even more impressive, when you cut the cake open there’s a penguin face baked right into the cake. Order online from Marks & Spencer
I’ve already included this cake in the list of alternative Christmas cards but it’s worth another mention! This boxed cake includes 24 individual bite-size pieces that can be personalised with a message of your choice. The cake is available as chocolate, vanilla, lemon, or wheat-free options. Order from Not on The High Street.
Panettone is a traditional Italian sweetbread that is enjoyed over the Christmas period. This chocolate version is even more delicious and comes in a beautiful tin that can be used for storage once you’ve eaten all the cake.
This cake makes an amazing centrepiece for a Christmas party and the individual fondant fancies made with buttercream, raspberry preserve and marzipan taste delicious. Order online from Betty’s of Harrogate.