Everyone should be able to enjoy a sweet treat during the holidays, even those with food restrictions. For those living with nut allergies, baked goods are sometimes a worrisome source of allergens. With peanut butter, pecans, or even gluten-free nut flours in many products, it always pays to double-check. Thankfully, these Christmas cake recipes are nut-free and wholly delicious. Seasonal flavors like spiced caramel and rum-raisin make these cakes stand out, while allowing everyone at the table to partake in a slice.
Chocolate Yule Log
We've managed to transform naughty into nice with this rich dark-chocolate sponge cake filled with a delicate, yogurt-lightened whipped cream. We cut the amount of sugar in half, letting the intensity of the chocolate in the sponge cake shine—go ahead and splurge on a higher-quality bar. The thick, creamy texture of Greek yogurt complements the whipped cream quite perfectly, with a fraction of the sat fat and calories. Skip the powdered sugar dusting, and use fresh raspberries, mini pinecones, fresh pine needles, or even fresh mint to decorate. Add 1⁄4 teaspoon peppermint extract to the whipped cream filling for a cool, minty kick.