There are some people that don’t like Christmas cakes, and others that can’t have Christmas without one. Whichever type of person you are, there’s always one person that wants a slice. So to cater for everyone, here are the ten best Christmas cakes, guaranteed to keep all your guests happy.
Selfridges small Christmas cake, 160g – £4.99 (serves 4)
If you are a couple or only want a small piece of cake to round off the Christmas dinner this one from Selfridges is ideal. Handmade in Britain by expert bakers and features vine-soaked fruit with ginger and spices.
Tesco Finest Rich Fruit Cake, 907g – £6.67 (serves 16)
Lovely little cake here from Tesco that has pitched the ratio of icing, cake and marzipan just right. Lots of juicy fruit and not too much alcohol which is good for people who don’t like a lot. You might not get 16 slices out of this cake as it is quite delicious.
Iceland Luxury Christmas Cake, 1kg – £7.50 (serves 16)
A really pretty looking Christmas cake here from Iceland that looks much more expensive than it is. A nice thick layer of marzipan and light Royal icing which is not sickly at all. A decent amount of brandy and cognac that gives a warming kick. Great value.
Aldi Exquisite Christmas Cake, 1.9kg – £9.99 (serves 24)
For those in the office that do not drink alcohol this was their favorite Christmas cake. There is no brandy or cognac, which some people find a bit harsh, but instead Aldi have used sloe gin, an alcohol that gives a deep and rich fruity flavour without the harsh alcoholic tang. Lovely icing decorations too. Certainly my favourite.
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Star Garland Iced Fruit Cake, 1.74kg – £15 (serves 24)
Decorated with edible real gold leaves, this is a traditional Christmas cake that includes a strong taste of alcohol, so probably one for the grandparents. It is great value as it serves up to 24 for under £20.
Waitrose Christmas Spiced Fruit Cake, 1kg – £16 (serves 16)
For those who don’t like icing on their Chjristmas cakes this is a great alternative. It has a layer of marzipan stars and the cake itself includes brandy-soaked fruit with citrus and ginger notes that add a zesty twang. We liked the emphasis on the marzipan which was toasted and lovely.
The Collection Six-Month Matured Snowflake & Bauble Garland Christmas Cake, 1460g – £22 (Serves 22)
If you want your Christmas cake to be the centrepiece of the table you can’t go too wrong with this one from good old Marks. Features decorations of snowflakes and baubles and made to a traditional recipe, which includes all the lovely spices.
Meg Rivers Classic Fully Iced Christmas Cake, 1.2kg – £25 (serves 10)
For those who love a simple decoration on their Christmas cakes this will definitely please them. Smooth iced edges and a simple gold bow covers a rich buttery sponge, packed with fruits that have been aged for three months in brandy, and sweet marzipan which is not too thick.
Bettys Soft Iced Star Christmas Cake in a Bettys Cake Tin, 1.5kg – £40.00 (serves 16)
You can buy this with or without the tin, (£30 without) and this cake won the Good Housekeeping Christmas Cake Taste Test 2017. Full of plump fruit and covered in soft icing and tasty marzipan, this is one of our Christmas cakes that is hand piped and features lovely iced stars.
Meg Rivers Festival Wreath Cake, 2kg – £49 (serves 20)
It looks like a Christmas wreath but it is a Christmas cake, packed, as you can see with fruits and nuts including brazils, pecans, almonds, dried cranberries and glacé cherries. If you love a more fruity cake this is perfect as inside you get apricots, crystallised pineapple and of course – juicy vine fruits.