Festive baking inspiration

While baking is a fun adventure all year round, Christmas would be totally amiss without it. Can you imagine Santa’s home without Mrs Clause whipping up fantastic smelling treats in the kitchen? Probably not. To help you along this season, we’ve rounded up some sparkly, festive baking ideas for you.

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Chocolate Christmas cake

If you’re in the mood to turn things upside down this festive season, why not bake this rich and spicy chocolate cake, laced with orange liqueur and topped with caramel popcorn. Light the sparklers and you’ve got a show stopper.

Christmas cake

Traditional Christmas cake

If you’re going with a traditional Christmas, then a traditional fruit cake has to be on your table. Here’s an easy recipe, plus a neat tutorial on how to fondant ice your cake like a pro.

traditional christmas cake

Magical madeleines

Madeleines have a charming, melt in your mouth kind of magic. Great dunked into some spicy tea or hot cocoa, they’re the ideal accompaniment to unwrapping those pretty parcels and make a neat gift packaged up and tied with a red ribbon.

How to make madeleines

Spiced Christmas cookies

The season of jolly is indeed about sugar and spice and all things nice. This recipe for spiced Christmas cookies marries that philosophy in the best way possible. Head this way for a biscuit Santa would be glad to dunk in a tall glass of milk.

Letterpress Christmas cookies

What about Christmas themed cookies with personal messages on each and every one? They make for great conversation pieces, place settings and gifts. Try these Letterpress Christmas cookies.

Letterpress christmas cookies

Mince pies

Mince pies have long since been written of in Christmas tales. Why not turn your festivities into your very own fairy tale and bake some classic mince pies that will surely charm the socks off family and friends.

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Alternative mince pies

Not in the mood for conventional mince pies? Good thing it’s cherry season then, hey? We have a tasty, alternative mince pie recipe for you. These cherry tarts will go down a treat.

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A gingerbread house

For an adventure to bring the whole family together, take a leaf from the Hänsel and Gretel story and rig up some gingerbread walls, wafer windows and pretzel shutters to make your own gingerbread house. Decorations you can eat. Now that we like.

How to make a gingerbread house

Brownie mix in a jar

Festive baking can also give rise to great gifting ideas. For an original, thoughtful present, put together this quaint brownie mix for a friend and book in some time to bake it together.

Brownie mix in a jar

There you go friends. A Christmas baking recipe round up to write to the North Pole about.