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Pumpkin Cheesecake Easy Fruit Cake Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Cheesecake combines two American favorites; New York style cheesecake and pumpkin pie. It is the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving. more This Easy (Boiled) Fruit Cake is a much simpler version of the traditional British fruit cake. It contains all the necessary ingredients, like candied and dried fruits, yet it is so very easy to make. more Pecan Pie is a delicious combination of toasted pecans, sugar, and eggs which gives this pie wonderful flavor with a dense and chewy texture. more
Red Velvet Cake
New York Style Cheesecake Red Velvet Cake Chocolate Cheesecake
New York Style Cheesecakes are creamy, and smooth, and rich, and dense, and absolutely delicious. more Red Velvet Cake is very dramatic looking with its bright red color sharply contrasted by a white frosting. more A Chocolate Cheesecake is a real showstopper that combines three delicious layers of chocolate.  more
Apple Pie Tiramisu Sugar Cookies
The Apple Pie, with its two rounds of pastry enclosing slices of cinnamon sugared apples, is a favorite dessert in North America. more Tiramisu means pick me up or carry me up. It is often called an Italian Trifle, as like any trifle it is made by layering cake (or ladyfingers), that have been soaked in spirits, with a rich custard. more These sweet and buttery cut-out cookies are always a favorite. They can be dressed simply with sugar or make them very decorative by frosting them with royal icing. more
     
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There are many desserts attached to the Christmas season and every family has their favorites. Below I have tried to provide a wide variety of popular desserts, some you may recognize, others not. Let us begin with the British Fruit Cake, that wonderful combination of nuts and dried and candied fruits with barely enough cake batter to hold it all together.

Then there is the Italian Panforte, from Siena Italy, and its chewy texture comes from mixing the fruit, nuts, spices, and flour, with a boiled syrup made from sugar and honey. Another favorite is the French Buche de Noel or Yule Log, consisting of a chocolate sponge cake that is rolled around a lovely chocolate whipped cream and decorated with Meringue Mushrooms. And let's not forget the Linzer Torte, which originated in Linz, Austria, and is very distinctive looking with its beautiful golden brown crust, filled with ruby red preserves, peeking through the pretty lattice design. Another excellent dessert is the very colorful Red Velvet Cake. It is composed of a Devil's Food Cake that is filled and frosted with a delicious cream cheese frosting. So browse through the selection below and whether you try something new or stay with your favorites, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Black Forest Cake

Buche de Noel (Yule Log)

Chocolate Sponge Cake

A Black Forest Cake is a delicious combination of chocolate cake, Kirsch soaked Morello cherries, and loads of whipped cream. more This is a deliciously moist chocolate sponge cake that melts in your mouth. Can be filled with plain, chocolate, or raspberry whipped cream. more This is a deliciously moist chocolate sponge cake that melts in your mouth. Can be filled with plain, chocolate, or raspberry whipped cream. more
Pavlova Pumpkin Cake Cranberry Christmas Cake
This meringue cake, with its unusual soft sweet marshmallow center and crisp crust is produced by folding a little vinegar and cornstarch into the stiffly beaten egg whites and sugar. more I particularly enjoy this honey colored Pumpkin Cake with its shiny chocolate glaze. This cake is full of flavor and keeps fresh for days, thanks to the pumpkin puree and oil. more This Cranberry Christmas Cake consists of a chocolate genoise that is split in half, filled with chocolate cream and candied cranberries, and covered with a snowy white whipped cream frosting. more

Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake

Chocolate Truffles

Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Cranberry Swirl Cheescake combines two favorites, a New York Style Cheesecake and ruby red cranberry sauce. more

These rich and elegant, bite-sized round petit fours are made from a mixture of dark or white chocolate and cream to which various flavorings can be added: butter, liqueurs, extracts, nuts, coffee, purees, spices, candied or dried fruits. more

A Cranberry Upside Down Cake consists of lovely caramelized ruby red cranberries and a buttery white cake. more

Cherry Pie Pound Cake Carrot Cake
This homemade Cherry Pie, encased in a delicious buttery pastry, is full of the sweet flavor of cherries. more This Pound Cake is wonderfully rich and buttery with a lovely golden brown crust. more This Carrot Cake is moist and flavorful with grated carrots and is frosted with a delicious cream cheese frosting. more

Florentines

Fruit Cake

Sponge Cake filled with Raspberry Cream

Florentines are a delicious mixture of toasted nuts and candied fruit that are coated with a sweet sticky mixture of honey and sugar. They are finished with a layer of melted chocolate. more Fruit cake is the traditional British Christmas Cake that is full of fruit and nuts, laced with alcohol, and sometimes covered with marzipan and royal icing. more Sponge Cakes presented in this way have a beautiful pinwheel design and they are often filled with toppings like lemon curd, jam or preserves, fruit sauces, chopped nuts, ganache. more.

Homemade Mincemeat Tart

Mince Pies

Homemade Mincemeat

This Mincemeat Tart has a lovely lattice pastry crust and is filled with homemade mincemeat. more Over time, beef suet came to replace the meat and today mincemeat is thought of as a spicy preserve consisting of a mixture of dried and candied fruits, nuts, apples, and spices (with or without beef suet) that is heavily laced with brandy or rum. more Homemade Mincemeat is a spicy sweet preserve consisting of a mixture or dried and candied fruits, apples, and spices that are heavily laced with brandy or rum. more

Lemon Frosted Lemon Cake

Shortbread Tarts with Cream Filling

Vanilla Cupcakes (Fairy Cakes)

A simple pound-like cake that has a wonderful citrus flavor that comes from adding both lemon zest and juice to the batter. more

These rich and buttery miniature shortbread tarts are filled with a delicious cream filling made with cream cheese, condensed milk and lemons. Garnish with fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or kiwi slices. more

Vanilla Cupcakes are wonderfully sweet and buttery and are frosted with a lovely Buttercream. more

Cranberry Galette

Clementine Torte

Fruit Tart

This makes the perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert; ruby red cranberries and walnuts encased in a buttery flavored pastry. more You can make this torte with either ground almonds or pecans. Either way makes for a moist and flavorful cake served alongside a dollop of whipped cream. more Everyone loves the elegance of a fruit tart with its topping of beautiful fresh fruit. Whether you use a single fruit (like strawberries) or a medley of berries, sliced kiwi, plums, bananas, pineapple, and/or melon no one can resist its beauty. more

Gingerbread Cake

Ricotta Cream Cheese Cheesecake

Panforte (Italian Christmas Cake)

This cake is very nice plain but it is absolutely delicious when frosted with a lemon flavored icing. The lemon frosting recipe given here dries to a beautiful, satiny smooth, crusty finish. more Ricotta and cream cheese are used in this cheesecake which makes it both light and fluffy and smooth and creamy. more Bite into a slice of Panforte and you may be surprised to find how chewy it is. This chewy texture comes from mixing the fruit, nuts, spices, and flour with a boiled syrup made from sugar and honey. more

Butter Tarts

Linzer Torte

Cranberry Bread

These Butter Tarts consist of flaky pastry shells that are filled with a sweet mixture of butter, brown sugar, and eggs. more Linzertorte originated in Linz, Austria and is very distinctive looking with its beautiful golden brown crust, filled with ruby red preserves peeking through the pretty lattice design. more This Cranberry Bread contains the delightful combination of fresh cranberries, candied mixed peel and toasted almonds. more

Lemon-Cranberry Pound Cake

Chocolate Torte

Coconut Cake

This recipe uses dried cranberries. The advantage of drying any fruit is to prolong its storage but it has the added benefit of concentrating the fruit's sweetness and flavor. more Chocolate Torte is rich and chocolately cake with an almost pudding-like texture. more This cake consists of layers of moist coconut-flavored butter cake that are filled with a tangy lemon curd and then the entire cake is frosted with a smooth and shiny 7-Minute Frosting and sweetened coconut. more

Black Forest Trifles

Cranberry Pear and Apple Crumble

Pumpkin Cranberry Bars

A Black Forest Trifle has the same components as a Black Forest Cake that is, chocolate, cherries, kirsch liqueur, and whipped cream. more

The delicious combination of sweet pears, tart cranberries, and crisp apples, along with a crumble topping, make for a perfect Fall dessert. more

Pumpkin Cranberry Bars are moist and full of flavor and beg to be cut into large chunks and served with a steaming hot cup of coffee or tea. more

Vanilla Cake No Bake Cheesecake White Butter Cake
This Vanilla Cake has a sweet buttery flavor and a moist velvety texture. The buttercream frosting used to both fill and frost the cake has a sweet and buttery flavor with a light and fluffy texture. more A No Bake Cheesecake combines a graham cracker crust with a light and creamy no-bake cheesecake filling. The finishing touch is a sweet cherry topping. more This White Butter Cake has a sweet and buttery flavor and a light and fluffy texture. A layer of jam is placed between the cake layers and it is also filled and frosted with  a delicious cream cheese frosting. more
German Chocolate Cake Red Velvet Cupcakes Hummingbird Cake
This beautiful German Chocolate Cake has three moist layers of chocolate cake, with a sweet and gooey caramel frosting, laced with coconut and pecans. more Red Velvet Cupcakes have a subtle chocolate flavor with a bright red color that are iced with a Cream Cheese Frosting. more This Hummingbird Cake is moist and flavorful with chopped pecans, crushed pineapple, and mashed bananas. It is frosted with a delicious cream cheese frosting. more
Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcakes Ricotta Cheesecake Coconut Cupcakes
This lovely Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcake pairs a rich and buttery chocolate flavored cupcake with a soft and fluffy Marshmallow Frosting. more This Ricotta Cheesecake uses both ricotta cheese and cream cheese to produce a cheesecake that is creamy smooth yet wonderfully light and fluffy. more Coconut Cupcakes, sometimes called Snowball Cupcakes, take a sweet and buttery white cake and cover it with a tangy cream cheese frosting and sweetened coconut. more
Banoffee Pie Cranberry Raisin Pie Cranberry Nut Tarts
A Banoffee Pie has a buttery crisp shortbread crust, toffee, slices of sweet bananas, all covered with loads of whipped cream. more Cranberry Raisin Pie has two layers of buttery crisp pastry with a rich and spicy filling full of cranberries, dried fruit, chunks of apple, nuts, and candied peel. more Individual Cranberry Nut Tarts are made with a sweet pastry crust and filled with ruby red cranberries and nuts all covered in a creamy smooth caramel. more
Chocolate Pie Chocolate Mousse Raspberry Truffle Tart
Chocolate pie starts with a buttery crisp shortbread crust that is topped with a smooth and creamy chocolate filling. The finishing touch is swirls of softly whipped cream. more Chocoholics Beware. One spoonful of this Chocolate Mousse and you will be hooked forever. more What could be more enticing than a giant raspberry-flavored truffle set in a biscotti crust. This beautiful raspberry-flavored truffle tart is set in a delicious biscotti crust. more
Chocolate Pudding Cake Chocolate Fondue Strawberry & Lemon Curd Trifle
A Chocolate Pudding Cake has two delicious layers, a rich and moist brownie-like chocolate cake along with its' own thick and creamy chocolate pudding sauce. more A Chocolate Fondue consists of a delicious chocolate sauce, made with semi sweet chocolate, cream, Nutella, and Frangelico that is placed in a fondue pot and then chunks of fresh fruit, cake, and/or cookies are dipped into the sauce. more This Strawberry and Lemon Curd Trifle consists of layers of buttery pound cake, strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries, lemon curd, and softly whipped cream. more
Graham Cracker Tart w/White Chocolate Filling Lemon Curd Tart Easy Fruit Tart
These fruit tarts, with their layers of fresh fruit, rich cream, and fluted pie crusts can only be described as elegant. more Lemon Curd Tart is a delicious combination of a sweet and crisp pastry crust and a tangy lemon curd. more This Easy Fruit Tart has a buttery sweet shortbread crust, a creamy smooth filling made with mascarpone cheese and heavy cream, and lots of beautiful fresh fruit. more
Orange Chiffon Cake Simple Chocolate Cake Chocolate Cupcakes
This Orange Chiffon Cake has the flavor of oranges. It contains both baking powder and a liquid fat (in the form of oil). It is the oil that gives this cake its wonderful moist and tender crumb and that keeps the cake soft even when refrigerated. more A chocolate layer cake that is so simple to make yet is wonderfully moist with a lovely chocolate flavor. We fill and frost it with a delicious chocolate fudge frosting. more These beautiful chocolate cupcakes have a wonderful chocolate flavor and are frosted with a chocolate fudge frosting. more
Light Fruit Cake Cream Cheese Pound Cake Homemade Doughnuts
A delicious Fruit Cake with a delicate almond flavor that is full of candied and dried fruit.  more This Cream Cheese Pound Cake has a wonderful rich and buttery flavor, moist texture, and a golden brown crust that is both sweet and crisp. more Homemade Doughnuts are made from a rich yeast dough that are deep fried and then rolled in sugar. Sugary crisp on the outside, soft and tender on the inside. more
Chocolate Eclairs Mincemeat Cake Cake Doughnuts
A delectable French pastry that  fills a crisp hollow of choux pastry with pastry cream and then dips the top in a chocolate glaze. more This is a moist and flavorful fruit cake that is studded with chunks of sweet almond flavored marzipan. more Enjoy these Cake Doughnuts plain, sprinkled with powdered or white sugar, or dipped in a delicious Chocolate Glaze. more
Chocolate Pots de Crème Crème Brûlée Chocolate Chiffon Cake
Chocolate Pots de Crème have a rich chocolate flavor and a silky smooth texture that is also light and airy, similar to a chocolate mousse. more Crème Brûlée is decadent dessert that takes a rich, vanilla flavored, baked custard and tops it with a layer of crisp caramelized sugar. more Moist and chocolately this Chocolate Chiffon Cake is filled with a mocha cream and frosted with a rich and glossy chocolate glaze. more
 
Strawberry Cheesecake Petit Fours
  This delicious New York style cheesecake has a graham cracker crust with a top layer of strawberry sauce set with gelatin. more These cute Petit Fours consists of three layers of Almond Cake sandwiched together with a layer of apricot preserves and raspberry preserves. Then these little cakes are covered in a white chocolate glaze. more

 
 
     
 

 

 

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