Dazzle your Christmas menu with a stunning cake to end the meal on a sweet, memorable note. Pies, cupcakes, and cookies are all a great option for dessert, but nothing is quite as sophisticated and extravagant as a gorgeous homemade cake. Layered high and decked out with rich frosting, these cakes are sure to impress, and will more than likely leave no leftovers. Whether you're opting for a classic vanilla or looking for something a bit more involved like a peppermint ice cream cake, this collection of holiday cakes has something for everyone.
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.