The 10 best Christmas cakes

Christmas isn’t complete without a rich, fruity and preferably boozy slice of cake. These are all delicious with a cuppa after a bracing festive walk

1. Sainbury’s Taste the Difference Reindeer Cake

This is packed full of fruit, nuts and spices, together with a festive glug of whisky. The result is a dark, sticky and rich cake which recently came top in this year’s Good Housekeeping Institute Christmas cake taste test.


2. Melrose & Morgan

New for this year, this marzipan topped Christmas cake is moist, sweet and fruity. And because the fruit is infused with three-year old Somerset Cider Brandy and laced with black treacle, homemade Seville orange marmalade, and ground and flaked almonds..


3. Fortnum & Mason Iced Cherub Cake

Handmade in England exclusively for Fortnum’s, this Georgian-inspired cake epitomises elegance and comes beautifully boxed. But good looks aren’t the only reason it stands out – the tamarind and sour cherries balance the sweetness perfectly. It comes in two sizes, 350g or 1.1kg.

From £12.50,

4. Bettys Royal Iced Rose Cake

If you’ve got deep pockets and a lot of mouths to feed, this vintage-style cake is a must. There’s something very grandmotherly and comforting about both the spicy taste, hand-crafted decoration and marzipan.


5. BEST BUY: My Cottage Kitchen

There’s no two ways about it, the best Christmas cakes are homemade – and if they’re homemade by Ursula Evans of My Cottage Kitchen, all the better still. You’ll feel Christmassy the moment you open the tin and get a whiff of the brandy and the cake itself is dark, gooey and divine.

From £14,

6. M&S Enchanted Forest Cake

It feels as though no expense has been spared when it comes to the ingredients of this moist, all-butter fruit cake that’s packed with jumbo vine fruits and nuts. It’s boozy, too, thanks to being fed twice with Cognac as it matures.


7. Aldi Specially Selected Luxury All Over Iced Cake

If you thought you had to fork out large sums for the best Christmas cakes, this offering from Aldi will change your mind. It made with oodles of mixed peel and cherries, as well as being wonderfully boozy. It will make a great centrepiece of any festive feast.

£6.49, (in store only)

8. Harrods iced Christmas Fruit Cake

This is a great-flavoured and very rich cake that’s lovely and moist and has plenty of nuts. It’s made in the Shropshire hills using a decadent recipe that includes brandy-laced almonds, plump sultanas, cranberries and topped with hand applied soft icing and edible decorations.


9. Waitrose Snowflake Cake

This minimalist design is really effective and the colour makes a nice difference to the usual sea of white Christmas cakes. But it’s the taste that will really wow you. It’s full of flavour, with a decent amount of booze.


10. Country Fare

This moist, boozy, uniced cake comes topped with a homemade jumble of fruit and nuts. It’s so good that you won’t believe it’s gluten-free, but because it is, there’s no need for the wheat intolerant to miss out on  the fun.


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