20 Gorgeous Cakes for Holiday Entertaining

One of the things I always like to put out on the table for holiday entertaining is a big cake. A bundt cake that can be sliced, a loaf cake that is easy to serve, or a layer cake that is filled with festive holiday flavors. A cake makes a wonderful centerpiece to any display and is always a delicious way to finish off a meal. If you are planning on baking this holiday season here are a few of my favorite holiday cakes. They’d be perfect for taking to a party or baking to entertain in your own home!

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    20 Gorgeous Cakes for Holiday Entertaining

    Click through for delicious and pretty cake recipes for the holiday season!

  • Pumpkin Chocolate Marble Bundt Cake 2 of 21
    Pumpkin Chocolate Marble Bundt Cake

    This delicious pumpkin and chocolate cake is ideal for a holiday table at Thanksgiving or Christmas. It contains wonderful fall flavors and is just the right amount of sweet and decadent. It will also look wonderful on a buffet table!

    Photo: Shaina Olmanson

  • Winter Wonderland Cake 3 of 21
    Winter Wonderland Cake

    This awesome, adorable Christmas cake is perfect for the holiday season. Serve it up at a big holiday party or take it to school for the teacher!

    Photo: Nicole Presley

  • Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cakes 4 of 21
    Chocolate Berry Bundt Cakes

    These gorgeous fruity bundt cakes are ideal for a fancy holiday dinner party. Your friends will love the festive presentation. It is also a great idea to serve these with whipped cream dusted with cinnamon for a holiday touch!

    Photo: Brooke McLay

  • Orange Cinnamon Coffee Cake 5 of 21
    Orange Cinnamon Coffee Cake

    Have a brunch planned for the holidays? Enjoy this delicious coffee cake. It is moist and rich and filled with sweet orange and cinnamon flavors.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Ginger Molasses Bundt Cake 6 of 21
    Ginger Molasses Bundt Cake

    Mmmm...warm molasses and ginger flavor this terrific holiday bundt cake. Make it for a wonderful Christmas-y cake to serve at a party. It also would be great to take to an office party!

    Photo: Aggie Goodman

  • Ultra Rich Chocolate Bundt Cake 7 of 21
    Ultra Rich Chocolate Bundt Cake

    This super moist cake is a terrific recipe for the holiday season. This is an incredibly moist cake that is fancy enough for a holiday party. It also can be pre-sliced to serve a crowd. Don't forget to dust the top with confectioner's sugar to make it look like fresh snow!

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Christmas Tree Cake 8 of 21
    Christmas Tree Cake

    This gorgeous Christmas tree cake from i am baker would be the perfect cake for a Christmas party with families. The kids will adore the sweet design. The adults will love the rich vanilla interior.

    Photo: Amanda from i am baker

  • Fruitcake 9 of 21

    A traditional fruitcake is always welcome at a Christmas celebration. The sweet jeweled fruits are so pretty they look like ornaments! If you have any leftover you can make french toast.

    Photo: iStock

  • Eggnog Cheesecake 10 of 21
    Eggnog Cheesecake

    This amazing cheesecake tastes like a terrific cup of eggnog. It is ideal for Christmas - either a party or your family dinner. Be sure to add the fancy bruleed topping for an extra special touch!

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Classic Angel Food Cake 11 of 21
    Classic Angel Food Cake

    A classic angel food cake is perfect for the holidays. It is a great alternative to chocolate and you can dress it up any way you want! For Thanksgiving top it with cinnamon whipped cream, and add a dollop of Peppermint Ice Cream on the side for Christmas!

    Photo: Sheri Silver

  • Chocolate Bundt Cake with Creamy Chocolate Glaze 12 of 21
    Chocolate Bundt Cake with Creamy Chocolate Glaze

    This crazy delicious chocolate bundt cake is perfect for serving a whole crowd. To make it ideal for Christmas, top the cake with red and green sprinkles. For Thanksgiving, serve up this cake for a fancy dessert after the big meal.

    Photo: La Fuji Mama

  • Upside Down Cranberry Corn Cake 13 of 21
    upside down cranberry corn cake

    This delicious cake is full of seasonal flavor. Make it for a festive brunch, or as dessert after a fancy holiday meal. Add a dusting of confectioners' sugar for a pretty seasonal look!

    Photo: Macki Cayloma

  • Caramel Apple Cake 14 of 21
    Caramel Apple Cake

    This amazing caramel apple cake is perfect for fall. Bake it up in a skillet and serve it on a trivet for a rustic and delicious presentation!

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake 15 of 21
    Pumpkin Cheesecake

    This awesome pumpkin cheesecake is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It is full of fall pumpkin flavor and topped with caramel sauce. Chances are people will love this so much they'll request it for both holidays!

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Butternut Squash Apple Cake with Ginger Streusel 16 of 21
    Butternut Squash Apple Cake with Ginger Streusel

    This awesome squash cake is moist and delicious. The warm spices and sweet apple make it amazing for the holiday season. Serve up a slice after the big meal, and don't forget the whipped cream!

    Photo: Chef Vivianne Bauquet Farre

  • Gingerbread Cake Recipe 17 of 21
    Gingerbread Cake Recipe

    This awesome cake is perfect for the holiday season. Serve it up on a platter at a party and let the kids dig in. If your kids are old enough let them decorate it!

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Pumpkin Spice Cake with Maple Frosting 18 of 21
    Pumpkin Spice Cake

    This awesome spice cake is totally gorgeous and perfect for a big holiday celebration. Your guests will be totally wowed when you cut in and serve up a big slice!

    Photo: Laura Levy

  • Towering Christmas Tree Cake 19 of 21
    Christmas Tree Cake

    This amazing tree cake is perfect for the holidays! It is much easier to make than it looks and will be a total showstopper at your next soiree.


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    Dreamy Coconut Cake

    This fluffy coconut cake looks just like a wonderful snowball. It is perfect for serving up at your winter wonderland party. Everyone will love the soft sweet fill and creamy coconut frosting.

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Pear Ginger Upside Down Cake 21 of 21
    Pear Ginger Cake

    This gorgeous cake is ideal for the holidays. It is rich and fruity and looks beautiful on a cake stand. Make it a centerpiece of a holiday party this year and everyone will swoon.

    Photo: Betty Crocker


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