‘Tis the season for Christmas and Winter cakes, tutorials, and ideas! Hooray! Today I’m going to share a roundup of our favorites from over the years. We will be constantly adding to this list throughout the season and from year to year.
We hope that you enjoy these festive cake ideas as much as we have. It’s time to start planning for the holidays!
Last updated 12/2019
Over the years we have made so many Christmas and winter themed cakes! Some have been for our member section on MyCakeSchool.com, and others are featured in our Free Tutorials section.
Favorite Christmas Cake Recipes and Ideas
This White Chocolate Cranberry Cake recipe as well as the elegant wreath of white chocolate leaves and cranberries makes the PERFECT dessert for the holidays!
You will love the flavorful balance of tartness from the cranberries and sweetness from the white chocolate. This cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser! You can find the free video tutorials for the recipe as well as the cake design in this post!: White Chocolate Cranberry Cake
Next up, I just love loopy bows! This colorful Loopy Christmas bow may be my favorite bow cake yet, because I love the variety of colors and patterns!
It’s a great reminder that the loops of your loopy bows don’t have to look just alike! You can find this gum paste bow tutorial in our recipes section! How to Make a Gum Paste Loopy Bow
This Peppermint Mocha Cake is a decadent, delicious combination of chocolate, espresso and peppermint! This cake is wonderful for holiday entertaining! Peppermint Mocha Cake Recipe
Here’s a beautiful Pastel Christmas Cake design from our member cake video tutorial section! I love the soft colors and drip cakes are always so much fun! (We’ll also show you a quick review of creating buttercream stripes)! Pastel Christmas Cake Video Tutorial
One of my favorites is this delicious Chocolate Candy Cane Cake tutorial featuring striped buttercream filling! Learn to make it in our free cake video tutorial: Chocolate Candy Cane Cake
This candy cane cake would be perfect for Christmas parties! The striped filling is so unexpected and festive. Keep this fun & easy decorating technique in mind whenever you need a colorful striped filling!
This Quilled Christmas Tree Cake Design is a new favorite of ours for Christmas! This is one of those designs that looks so much more difficult than it actually is! (I love it when that happens!) – This is a cake video from our member section, and in it we demonstrate how to easily create the different quilled shapes along with a simple template to follow. We’ve made a couple of other quilled cake designs (for different seasons) but this may be my favorite!
This sweet Red Pickup Truck Cake Topper is perfect for Christmas and winter cakes!! It’s amazing how a simple cake topper can take a cake to a whole new level of personality and in this case, cuteness!
This tutorial is from our Free Cake Video section, and is a great one to keep in mind not only for the holidays, but for anyone who loves pickup trucks, no matter how old the birthday girl or boy may be! Hop over for the free cake video!!: Red Truck Cake Topper- Free Video Tutorial
Here’s a fun and festive Hanging Ornaments Cake tutorial! These chocolate candy coating ornaments give wonderful dimension to this Christmas Cake design!
Here’s another favorite of ours from our Member Cake Video Section- an ADORABLE Christmas Village Cake with sugar cookie houses! We had so much fun making this cake video.
The design options are endless when it comes to decorating the Christmas cookie houses, but we kept things very simple with just a bit of white piping on each house, as well as piped sprigs of buttercream greenery here and there!
Oooooohhhhh this next cake is a new favorite of ours for Christmas and winter parties: White Chocolate Peppermint Cake! I just love chocolate and peppermint together, and in this case, white chocolate and peppermint! It is such an elegant dessert, and oh so delicious!
You’ll find the recipe for White Chocolate Peppermint Cake as well as White Chocolate Peppermint Buttercream! Don’t miss this amazing recipe!
These Reindeer Cupcakes are SO cute, fun, and simple to make! Learn how to make them in our free cupcake video tutorial! Reindeer Cupcake Tutorial
This Snow Globe Cake is a recent favorite new addition to our member cake video section! This sweet snow globe cake is one that we’ve wanted to make for a while! We were so happy with it, and it would make the perfect centerpiece for any Christmas or winter gathering!
This delicious Eggnog Cake is a new doctored cake mix of ours and it tastes fantastic! If you love eggnog cake, or cakes with a bit of spice, this is a wonderful option for you! You’ll love the Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting recipe too! Eggnog Doctored Cake Mix Recipe
Here is a cute free video tutorial for a sweet Rudolph Sheet Cake! This is a buttercream transfer tutorial with template included. Great for all skill levels of decorating!
Once you’ve learned how to create a frozen buttercream transfer, you can use the method for any theme!
Next we have a quick and easy free video tutorial for a Christmas Tree Cake! The simple rows of buttercream ruffles bring this Christmas Tree cake together in a flash! Decorate however you’d like for an adorable, easy dessert!
This sweet Buttercream Santa Cake is a favorite from our member cake video section! I love his sweet face! Perfect for Christmas gatherings. I just love his sweet face, and I also love that he is all buttercream!
OH So good!! Next up, a heavenly Red Velvet Marble Pound Cake with Peppermint Glaze! The flavor and velvety texture of this pound cake is just magical.
You’ll notice a hint of cocoa flavor from the red velvet swirls. This is a new favorite of ours for the holidays (or any time of year!)The peppermint glaze takes it to another level of deliciousess!
Here’s an elegant White Chocolate Ganache Cake from our Member Cake Video Section! I love working with ganache, and this simple design looks beautiful with a lightly pearlized finish. Elegant White Chocolate Christmas Tree Cake
Here we have a festive Christmas tree of buttons~ This tutorial will show you how to easily make embossed fondant buttons for a unique Christmas tree cake!
Elegant Chocolate Trees! Chocolate candy/bark coating makes for a quick & easy design. This time of year, when in doubt, I add a chocolate tree or two! This is one of our most popular for the season!
Santa!! This is one of my favorite tutorials for Christmas. He is a buttercream frosted cake with a cupcake pull-apart beard! Kids love this design! Perfect for Christmas parties!
Our ornament (truffle) wreath tutorial is a new favorite of mine! So elegant (and nobody would guess how simple!) I love it when I receive messages with photos attached from all of the people who have followed our tutorial to make wreath cakes of their own. It’s definitely one of our most popular for the holidays, I love uniqueness of this design!
I just love buttercream, but if it can be ruffled buttercream , I love it even more! This ruffled buttercream wreath is another simple and unique design. I made matching cupcakes too!
This beautiful platter of Christmas cupcakes is from both a blog and video tutorial! I think the snowmen & mittens are my favorite! ;0)
Another oldie, The Polar Express! In this blog tutorial, you will learn to make a lovely sleigh bell topper.
Next, we have little mini candy bar reindeer!! Whether on a stick or on top of chocolate ice cream, these make adorable party treats!
Next on our list of cake recipes is our scratch Red Velvet Cake! This festive holiday cake is so moist and delicious with the perfect amount of chocolate! Our family just loves it!
If you prefer a doctored cake mix version of Red Velvet cake, we have a great one in our Recipes section. Enjoy!
Ooooh Eggnog Cake is another favorite recipe of mine! This scratch cake is so flavorful and moist. A winner for Christmas parties!!
Next, up: Gingerbread Cake! If you love gingerbread, you are going to fall in love with this cake! Just the right amount of spice and is completely amazing with our spiced cream cheese frosting! (We have a doctored cake mix version of this cake also in our recipe section!)
From our Member Cake Video section, here’s a super cute and easy Tiered Snowman Cake! I just love him, and he could not be easier to put together. This would be adorable on any Christmas or winter party dessert table!
Next up from our Member Section, our sweet Birch Yule Log with Birds! What’s cuter than these sweet birds with their hats and scarves?! This is a fun spin on the traditional yule log cake, and creating the birch bark is a snap. We go through the entire process from start to finish in this video for creating the yule log as well as the birds!
Member Cake Video Section: Our sledding Santa and Reindeer Cake is sure to bring smiles! Learn to create a sledding hill from a sheet cake, and how to model these adorable figures! (From our Member Cake Video Section!)
From our Member Cake Video Section: Here’s our recent gingerbread house cake video tutorial! We had the best time decorating this one! This would make the perfect centerpiece, and kids would love to help decorate it!
Next up from our Member Cake Video Section, Our sledding snowmen! Learn to carve a sledding hill into your cake along with some cheerful snowmen! ;0) One of my favorites!
Member Cake Video Section- Crown your cake with a Gum Paste Poinsettia!
Member Cake Video Section: This cheerful frosted Christmas Tree video tutorial with complete with dancing gingerbread men has been a Christmas favorite of mine for years! I hope that you love it too ;0)
Member Cake Video Section: Another happy cake video for you! Have you ever made a tilted cake? This video will show you how (plus one cute skiing snowman and lots of royal icing snowflakes!) ;0)
Member Section: These Christmas Petit Fours always make me smile! They are just so cute and the designs are very simple. In this cake video tutorial, we teach you our favorite methods for easy petit fours, as well as how to decorate them!
And finally, from our member cake video section, our beautiful Nativity Cake video tutorial. Sometimes the simplest decorations can be the most elegant, and I love the Christmas story that these simple gum-paste cut outs tell. Enjoy the video!
Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you’ve found something to spark your interest or creativity! I have truly loved creating these Christmas tutorials over the years. xo
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