6 Easy cakes to try this Christmas

 

 

This post is brought to you by Woolworths

 

 

 

 

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a cake.  But who has time to bake an elaborate Christmas cake, with everything else there is to do in the lead up to the festive season?  Thankfully you don’t need to.

 

 

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a cake.  But who has time to bake an elaborate Christmas cake, with everything else there is to do in the lead up to the festive season?  Thankfully you don’t need to.

 

 

 

There are much easier options than baking a traditional Christmas cake, which typically needs to be started a few weeks before the big day.  

 

 

From an ice cream cake to a quick and easy mud cake hack, these 6 easy cakes to try this Christmas will have dessert on the Christmas table with little to no effort at all!

 

 

 

Nothing beats a traditional Christmas fruit cake with a thick layer of icing, but who has time for that?  This Woolworths Pre-Sliced Iced Fruit Cake is the perfect quick and easy alternative and only $7.00!

 

 

Traditional Fruit Cake

 

 

Nothing beats a traditional Christmas fruit cake with a thick layer of icing, but who has time for that?  This Woolworths Pre-Sliced Iced Fruit Cake is the perfect quick and easy alternative and only $7.00!

 

 

It’s already been cut into slices, which makes it perfect for entertaining on the go, like those festive season picnics or for those times you need to take a dessert to a BBQ.  I plan of keeping a few in the cupboard for any unexpected occasions this Christmas. No-one has to know you didn’t make it yourself!

 

 

I grew up with my Mum making a Christmas fruit cake each year, and I can easily say that this Woolworths version is just as good.

 

 

 

This is cheating a little, but going to the supermarket to buy a pre-made cake still counts as effort, right?  Who is going to care anyway when they see this showstopper of a Christmas cake.

 

 

Chocolate Caramel Cake

 

 

This is cheating a little, but going to the supermarket to buy a pre-made cake still counts as effort, right?  Who is going to care anyway when they see this showstopper of a Christmas cake.

 

 

This Gold Indulgent Chocolate Caramel Cake from Woolworths tastes as good as it looks (I had the unfortunate job of taste testing it!), and that’s saying something.   It started with the most delicious chocolate cake, filled with a gooey salted caramel ganache, and topped with white chocolate scrolls, gold dusting and the most amazing edible Belgian chocolate baubles.

 

 

This cake is a Christmas decoration in itself, and would look amazing on the table on Christmas Day.

 

 

 

This Chocolate Ripple Cake is the ultimate no-bake cake.  You only need four basic ingredients and you have this delicious chocolatey cake in no time.

 

 

Chocolate Ripple Cake

 

 

This Chocolate Ripple Cake is the ultimate no-bake cake.  You only need four basic ingredients and you have this delicious chocolatey cake in no time.

 

 

This cake can really be made for any occasion, but it’s perfect for Christmas.  It can easily be made in the shape of a log, or as a Christmas wreath just like I have done here.

 

 

Ingredients

Woolworths 600ml thickened cream

1 tablespoon icing sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

250g packet Arnott’s Chocolate Ripple biscuits

Woolworths Frozen Blueberries and Raspberries to decorate, optional

 

 

Putting it together

 

Add the thickened cream, icing sugar and vanilla extract to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until stiff peaks form.

 

 

Cover one side of each Chocolate Ripple biscuit with the whipped cream and begin placing on your serving plate in a wreath shape.  Continue until you have a full circle, ensuring that you still have about half of the whipped cream left.

 

 

Once the wreath is complete, coat the wreath using the remaining whipped cream.  Place in the fridge for at least 6 hours, which will allow the biscuits to soak up some of that cream and soften.  

 

 

Decorate with the blueberries and raspberries before serving.

 

 

This Christmas cake is a cute way to dress up Woolworths mud cakes.  You can really get as creative as you want, but I kept it simple by covering the cakes in vanilla buttercream icing, topping with dark chocolate ganache and topping with a gingerbread man, some mini candy canes and Woolworths White Rum Balls.

 

 

Christmas Woolworths Mud Cake Hack

 

 

Lately Woolworths mud cake hacks have been taking the internet by storm.  There are even massive Facebook groups created simply to share mud cake hack ideas.  

 

 

They are popular with good reason.  For very little money and effort, you can have a cake that rivals something you would pay big money for.  

 

 

This Christmas cake is a cute way to dress up Woolworths mud cakes.  You can really get as creative as you want, but I kept it simple by covering the cakes in vanilla buttercream icing, topping with dark chocolate ganache and topping with a gingerbread man, some mini candy canes and Woolworths White Rum Balls.

 

 

Ingredients

2 x Woolworths mud cakes

250g butter, softened

2 cups icing sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

200g dark chocolate

1/3 cup thickened cream

Mini candy canes

Gingerbread man

Woolworths White Rum Balls

 

 

Putting it together

 

Start by making the buttercream icing.  Add the softened butter to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy.  Add the vanilla extract, then gradually add the icing sugar while beating. Continue beating until the icing is pale and thick.

 

 

Place one of the Woolworths mud cakes on a serving plate or cake board, and top with a little vanilla buttercream.  Place the second cake on top, then cover the sides and top with the buttercream.

 

 

To make the dark chocolate ganache, add the dark chocolate and thickened cream to a microwave safe bowl and microwave in short bursts, stirring in between until the chocolate has melted and ganache is well combined.  Allow to cool to room temperature.

 

 

Once the ganache has cooled (putting it on the cake while too warm will cause the buttercream underneath to melt, and the ganache will slide right off), pour the ganache over the top of the cake, encouraging sections to drip over the edge of the cake.

 

 

Top the cake with the gingerbread man, the mini candy canes and Woolworths White Rum Balls.

 

 

 

Nothing beats an ice cream cake on a hot Australian Christmas Day.  Rather than going through the process of making the ice cream from scratch, grab a tub of vanilla ice cream from your local Woolworths then add the flavours yourself.

 

 

Christmas Ice Cream Cake

 

 

Nothing beats an ice cream cake on a hot Australian Christmas Day.  Rather than going through the process of making the ice cream from scratch, grab a tub of vanilla ice cream from your local Woolworths then add the flavours yourself.

 

 

This version of a Christmas ice cream cake is as simple as it gets, and got a massive thumbs up from my husband for taste.  You only need a tub of Woolworths vanilla ice cream, a individual sized Woolworths Matured Christmas Pudding with Fruit and Cognac (which is only $2!), and a sprinkling of mixed spice.

 

 

How you decorate this ice cream cake is entirely up to you.  Feel free to get creative, or do as I did and top the cake with Woolworths hard set chocolate topping and some frozen raspberries.

 

 

Ingredients

 

1.5L vanilla ice cream

100g Woolworths Matured Christmas Pudding with Fruit and Cognac

1 teaspoon mixed spice

Woolworths hard set chocolate topping

Frozen raspberries, to decorate

 

 

Putting it together

 

Bring the ice cream out of the freezer to soften at room temperature.  Once softened, place in a mixing bowl.

 

 

Crumble the Woolworths Christmas Pudding and add to the ice cream along with the mixed spice.  Stir until well combined.

 

 

Line a bowl or cake tin (depending on the shape you want your cake to be) with cling wrap and transfer the ice cream mixture to the bowl or cake tin.  Place in the freezer overnight to set.

 

 

Once the ice cream cake has set, turn upside down on a serving plate to remove the cake from the bowl or cake tin, and remove the cling wrap.  Drizzle with the Woolworths hard set chocolate topping and top with frozen raspberries.

 

 

 

This ever popular Christmas cake is so popular for a reason.  It’s the easiest way to create a fruit cake, and it tastes amazing thanks to one simple trick.

 

 

3 Ingredient Christmas Cake

 

 

This ever popular Christmas cake is so popular for a reason.  It’s the easiest way to create a fruit cake, and it tastes amazing thanks to one simple trick.

 

 

The day before baking the cake, the dried fruit is soaked in 2 cups of liquid, which could be anything you choose.  I decided to use apple juice for this cake, but you could use any juice variety, or even milk. I haven’t tried it myself, but iced coffee is supposed to be especially good!

 

 

Once the cake has soaked overnight in the liquid of your choice, it is then mixed through 2 cups of self raising flour and it’s ready for the oven.  Baking the cake low and slow helps keep it from drying out. You are then left with a delicious Christmas fruit cake that is just as good iced as it is on it’s own.

 

 

Ingredients

 

1kg chopped dried fruit (any combination works fine, I used a mixture of dried apricots, dried dates and sultanas)

2 cups Woolworths apple juice

2 cups Woolworths Essentials self raising flour

 

 

Putting it together

 

Place the chopped dried fruit in a container or bowl and add the apple juice (or other any liquid you decide to use).  Give the mixture a good stir, then cover and place in the fridge overnight.

 

 

Once the fruit has been left to soak, stir through the self raising flour until the mixture is well combined.  Transfer the mixture to a lined cake tin, and bake at 150c for two hours, or until the cake has cooked through.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

 

 

The cake can be eaten as is or decorated with icing.  It can also be frozen, making it the perfect make-ahead cake for Christmas.

 

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