As we welcome the festive season and the inevitability of all the delicious food we’ll be consuming, it’s common to take delish treats into work for everyone to pick at. Mince pies, figgy pudding and of course, the classic Christmas cake. But having the same recipe every year can become tiresome. Be the talk of the Christmas table with something creative that stands out from the rest. Fresh flavours can tantalise the tastebuds and inspire friends and family to try something different.
Unusual Christmas cakes
Christmas comes once a year but the same recipes don’t have to. Over the years, some of the more traditional cakes have been pushed aside in favour of modern preferences. The rise of bake-off has encouraged everyone to get more involved in the kitchen and experiment. Even if you’ve never baked before, you can whip up something easy and delicious and maybe even find a new hobby. So if you’re involved in a work competition or simply want to wow your guests on the big day, we’ve put together our favourite unusual Christmas cake recipes.
Malteser Christmas pudding
Our first recipe is a fantastic Malteser Christmas pudding by Good to Know. Starting with a light chocolate sponge and decorated with Maltesers and white chocolate, this is a family favourite and looks great in the centre of the table. Ideal for younger ones who aren’t too keen on a fruit cake, add glitter for that extra Christmas sparkle. https://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/maltesers-christmas-pudding
Caramel Gingerbread Cake
If you fancy a challenge and are good with more delicate decorating, this Caramel Gingerbread Cake from Live for Cake is the one for you. With three layers of gingerbread paired with caramel buttercream, this sweet delight will have everyone coming back for a second slice. If done right, this cake also looks very impressive, so placed in the middle of a bake-off table, is sure to catch the judge’s eye. https://livforcake.com/caramel-gingerbread-cake/
Coconut Snowball cake
A delish white coconut cake is next on the list of best recipes. This Coconut Snowball cake from Olive Magazine is perfect for the festive season and really looks the part. The indulgent sweet treat is velvety and isn’t too difficult to whip up, making it ideal for a Christmas lunch. https://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/entertain/white-velvet-snowball-cake/
The Grinch is a timeless Christmas film that we all love to cosy up in front of. Why not bring this creative festive favourite to life with The Itsy Bitsy Kitchens grinch cake recipe. This bright green cake is sure to wow the kids and isn’t too tricky to make. Topped with red hearts and green buttercream, this cake is eye-catching and unique, sure to encourage everyone to try a slice. https://itsybitsykitchen.com/grinch-cake/
Red Velvet cake
Red Velvet began rising in popularity in recent years and we can see why. This light red sponge is a favourite which can be enjoyed all year round. To make it festive, why not try this Red Velvet Roulade, filled and topped with cream cheese frosting and white chocolate curls with a sprinkle of glitter for that extra festive touch. Check out this Woman and Home recipe here https://www.womanandhome.com/recipes/red-velvet-roulade/
For a traditional Christmas cake with a modern twist, try these delicious cake pops from Searching for Spice. Easy to eat and filled with marzipan, these are the perfect cake for parties where guests can nibble without needing a plate. This recipe misses out the icing for a lighter twist on this classic. If you want to add this you can, or go for something different and cover these pops in chocolate. Definitely one to try this year, have a go at these Christmas cake pops and treat your guests or colleagues to something a bit different https://searchingforspice.com/christmas-cake-pops/
Unusual Christmas cake decorations
Christmas is a time for everyone to be more extravagant and cake decorating is no exception. Once you’ve baked your creation, its time to decorate. This is a great activity for you and the family and a chance to be really creative. Edible cake decorations such as pieces of chocolate, marzipan shapes and icing snowmen all finish off a cake nicely. If you want to do something different, use small figurines to create a scene on your cake. You could have Father Christmas and his Reindeer or a classic Nativity Scene. After the cakes been eaten, use wire to thread through the figures and hang them on the tree. The great thing about baking is that even if it doesn’t look perfect, it usually tastes delicious either way. So whether you want something easy or completely decadent, you can find something to suit you.
Christmas in Northampton
If you want to venture out for your Christmas party this year, why not come and celebrate at Sedgebrook Hall. Enjoy a magical Christmas experience with all the trimmings. We can accommodate both large and smaller guest lists, so if you’re after a private lunch or a big party with all your loved ones, our venue will give the warmest welcome. Our chefs are passionate about food and can provide a full meal or a lavish buffet with everyone’s favourites if you prefer. We also have luxury guest bedrooms for you and your guests to unwind after the celebration. Contact our team today to book your magical Christmas experience.