The countdown has begun for Christmas. The time of the year to meet our family, friends, and of course, relishing all the different types of desserts and one of the most common Christmas savories - Merry Christmas Cakes. Because well, everyone loves cake! But, every other country has its unique ways of baking and decorating when it comes to Christmas cakes!
So, here we are sharing a few different kinds of traditional Christmas cake ideas found all over the world. We truly believe that learning about new cultures and trying out new things is never a bad idea. It indeed broadens our perspectives as human beings. So, here we are, presenting a comprehensive list of Christmas cakes from other parts of the world! Continue reading to expand your knowledge about Christmas special cakes greatly!
1. Pan de Pascua - A Chilean Christmas Cake
A beautiful marriage of fruitcake batter and rum, this cake is a traditional Christmas plum cake from Chile! It's a rich, dense spice cake, flavored with rum and dried fruits and nuts, thought to have evolved from two other holiday bread, German stollen and Italian panettone. If you visit Chile the next time during the Christmas period, you will indeed be served the special holiday coffee called 'Cola de Mono' with 'Pan de Pascua' together. Make one & serve this downright delicious Christmas Plum cake for your family & friends this holiday season.
2. Black Forest Cherry Cake - A Chocolate Cake from Germany for Christmas Season
Native to a mountain range in Germany, 'The Black Forest' is one of the special cakes Germans can't celebrate Christmas without! Made with layers of mouth-watering chocolate mixed with luscious cherries and topped with some cream and dark chocolates, this cake is a perfect dessert to take your guests to mountain heaven.
3. Galette Des Rois Cake - A Christmas Special Cake from France
Delicious looking puffed pastry filled with almond paste, Galette Des Rois is the cake eaten on Christmas and around the New Year, all around France. With the fusion of buttered puff pastry layers and almond cream/paste, topped with powdered sugar, this cake has various delicious flavors, which makes it an ideal choice for relishing with your dear ones during the festive season!
4. Panettone Cake - A Christmas Theme Cake from Italy
Originating from Italy's heavens, this beautiful cupola-shaped fruit cake was first baked in the early 20th century and has a special place saved in the hearts of many European nations! Being a native of Italy, this Christmas fruit cake is a spongy fruit cake served with sweet wine. Super easy to make, try this Christmas cake to please your dear ones this festive season
5. Revani Semolina Cake - A Christmas Special Cake from Turkey
Baklava, one of the most famous desserts from Turkey, is the classic dessert that has been present in Turkish cuisine since the Ottoman period. It is indeed enjoyed the most during the Christmas period in their country. Revani, being one of the most common desserts, has layers of yellow semolina sponge cake topped with light syrup. This Christmas, do experiment with different flavorings, to savor an authentic Turkish-style revani at home.
6. Mochi - A Christmas Theme Cake from Japan
Made with rice paste, Mochi is a traditional tasty Japanese cake that is prepared with the fusion of rice flour and water. It is then cooked well till a paste-like consistency is achieved and later molded into the desired shape and decorated with speckled powdered sugar or chocolate flakes. This millennial dessert, that has always had a special place in the hearts of the Japanese, originated at the end of the Jomon period.
7. Tarta de Santiago Cake - A Christmas Cake from Spain
Originated from the northern parts of Galicia, Tarta de Santiago is an almond cake from Spain that couldn't be easier to make. Naturally gluten-free, the most significant element of a Spanish cake is 'almond' with a little brightness from lemon and lovely sweet, soft texture. Formed using icing sugar, the beautiful decoration of this cake includes a 'St. James crosses' on top of the cake.
8. Tres Leches Cake - A Traditional Christmas Cake from Mexico
A spongy milk-based cake, which is traditionally served in Mexico during Christmas, has an extremely special place in the hearts of Americans especially from the southern regions of America. It is prepared with a butter-based sponge cake and soaked in different kinds of milk, which are condensed, evaporated, and served. Relish this flavourful piece of joy with your family and friends this festive season to give them that one of a kind taste.
9. Bolo Rei - A Traditional Christmas Fruit Cake from Portugal
Unique in its own way, this traditional Christmas theme cake from Portugal is shaped like a crown in context to the story of the three kings called 'bolo rei.' This King's Cake is a traditional Portuguese sweet bread, mixed with nuts and candied fruit, which is relished by the locals throughout the holiday season starting from Christmas to Dias de Reis on January 6.
The recipe is not difficult to make, but it is very time-consuming, so have enough time to yourself when you attempt it. The slices of Bolo Rei can be served as toasts with a little butter when it is a few days old.
10. Dundee Cake - A Traditional Merry Christmas Fruit Cake from the United Kingdom
A famous cake from the UK, decorated with circles of almond, is a traditional Scottish Christmas fruit cake with a rich flavor. The cake is baked with currants, sultanas, and almonds. And, the thing that sets this fruitcake apart from the others, is the fusion of orange zest & whisky in the cake batter. This originated in Dundee in the late 1700s in the shop of Janet Keiller. Treat your dear ones with this cake and allow them to experience the rich flavor and taste.
11. Pandoro - A Christmas Cake from Italy
Popular in Italy during the Christmas season, Pandoro is a traditional Italian sweet bread. Typically a Veronese product, pandoro is traditionally shaped like a frustum. It is yeasty and sweet and is often served sprinkled with vanilla-scented icing sugar resembling the snowy peaks of the Italian Alps during the Christmas season. Slice it evenly and fill the layers with cream or gelato for that added decadence.
12. Bremer Klaben - A Christmas Cake from Germany
Bremer klaben, or just Klaben, is a type of stollen from Bremen, Germany. This celebrated bread is famous in Northern Germany that gained its fame during the Christmas season. Although time-consuming to prepare, experts say that Bremer Klaben tastes downright delicious when it is baked two weeks prior to serving. And the shelf life of this pastry is for several months.
13. Yule log - A Christmas Cake from France
This French dish, better known as the Buche de Noel, manages to find its way into the Christmas cake/dessert menus of all countries with the smallest connection to France. This traditional dessert served during the Christmas season is made of sponge cake to resemble a miniature actual Yule log. It's an incredibly strange dish when you look at critically and almost shockingly chocolate-like aberration, malformed to look like a log, with tiny trees stuck on top of it to make it look more true. But in fact, trees don't grow on giant logs, so who knows what that's all about.
14. Mawa Cake - A Forgotten yet Mouth Watering Christmas Cake from India
With a slight touch of cardamom and nuts such as almonds and cashews, this traditional cake native to India is milk-based. The Mawa is the solidified milk obtained through the process of simmering the milk in order to evaporate the liquid. The cake is traditionally found in India's city of dreams, Mumbai, also known as Bombay, in the much populated Irani cafes that occupied the town. Unable to keep pace with new fast-food chains and new age restaurants, these cafes have disappeared in Mumbai's streets. But, their Mawa cakes remain as one of the favorite treats for Mumbaikars. The world-famous Christmas plum cake is also one of the traditional cakes consumed by many Indians during the Christmas season.
15. Pavlova Cake - A Christmas Cake from New Zealand & Australia
This meringue cake was named after Russian dancer Anna Pavlova on her visit to New Zealand, while the root of this dessert has been the subject of the debate between Kiwis and Aussies. This cake was made in New Zealand. Pavlova is prepared in a number of ways, typically decorated with fruit, usually kiwis and strawberries.
The addition of cornflour to the conventional meringue ingredients makes it possible for the cake to have a crisp shell surrounding a marshmallow-like core. Try it out to impress your friends and family with this mouth-watering Christmas cake!
16. Berner Honiglebkuchen - A Traditional Merry Christmas Cake from Switzerland
Berner Honiglebkuchen, traditionally made in Berne, Switzerland is a Lebkuchen. Distinguished from other Lebkuchen by their sometimes elaborate sugar decorations, they are not to be confused with the Berner Haselnusslebkuchen, another Bernese specialty which is made from ground hazelnuts. The spice mixture is specific to each bakery – which is why it is said that no two Honiglebkuchen tastes alike – but coriander, anise, star anise, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg are commonly used.
17. Bibingka - A Christmas Cake from Philippines
During the Christmas season, locals of the Philippines enjoy bibingka, a rice Christmas themed cake made with coconut milk that’s baked wrapped in a banana leaf. This is traditionally made from galapong (milled glutinous rice), coconut milk, margarine, and sugar. During dawn masses on Christmas season, side street vendors are a common sight preparing and selling this delicious rice cake along with “puto bumbong”. The largest Bibingka ever made was of the cassava variety; it was a kilometer long and made using a tonne of cassava flour.
18. King Cake - A Traditional Christmas Cake from Spain
Native to Spain, the king cake can be found in lots of countries with the fusion of Spanish and French roots. Predictably, it's big in New Orleans. King's cake is a whirlwind of ingredients that spoil the meal as though it were a king. Bakers often hide a little plastic infant because the king referred to in the cake's name is actually Jesus, not you, while you stuff your face. A king cake is typically associated with a number of places with the festival of Epiphany offset of the Christmas season; in other places, it is associated with the pre-Lenten celebrations of Mardi Gras/Carnival.
19. Figgy Pudding - A Nutty Christmas Cake from England
Figgy pudding, native to England originated in 14th-century Britain as a way to preserve food. A soup-like dish, it was served as a fasting meal in preparation for the Christmas season. Beef and mutton were mixed with raisins and prunes, wines, and spices. It is a traditional dessert for the winter season dishes usually forming sweet & savory cakes, containing a sour-sweet creamy layer of honey, fruits, and nuts, as well as a flavorful savory filling of rich herbally accentuated pork sweetmeats.
20. Pio Quinto - A Traditional Christmas Cake yet Dessert from Nicaragua
Pio Quinto, the rum cake known as a big and traditional Christmas dessert. It’s covered in custard and cinnamon to water the mouth. Tastes like an alcoholic version of the sponge cake and custard, it is a Nicaraguan dessert consisting of cake drenched in rum, topped with custard, and dusted with cinnamon. Some recipes also include raisins. Pio Quinto is often enjoyed after meals or during the Christmas season.
21. Fritule - A Christmas Cake & a perfect dessert from Croatia
Fritule is a christmas doughnut with a fusion of brandy, citrus zest, and black raisins and we say, that is how all doughnuts should be! It is a traditional festive cake or pastry made particularly for Christmas. They resemble little doughnuts, the Italian zeppole, Venetian frìtole, and the Dutch Christmas snack "oliebollen", with an added flavor of rum and citrus zest, containing raisins topped with powdered sugar. Serve this jaw-dropping dessert to your friends this Christmas!