9 stunning vegan Christmas cakes

Break from tradition this Christmas and try something new with these show-stopping vegan Christmas cake recipes

Being vegan shouldn’t mean missing out on the best parts of the festive season, and amazing Christmas cakes are no exception!

And why should you miss out on a decadently decorated vegan cake taking centre stage on your Christmas dinner table just because you don’t eat eggs or dairy?

A Christmas day dessert is not the only way these vegan Christmas cakes can bolster your festivities. These cakes are perfect for sharing with friends and family over a warm cup of tea during the cosy days leading up to Christmas.

And if you need a last-minute vegan gift, handmade with love, simply decorated mini cakes or cake pops will delight their recipients. After all, who doesn’t love a cruelty-free gift you can eat?

These vegan Christmas cake recipes will also make great family activities for little ones on winter break, as many of them are as enjoyable to make as they are to eat.

Whether you’re looking for a masterpiece of pâtisserie to grace your festive table, or a simple sweet treat to leave out for Santa, you’ll find your perfect vegan Christmas cake recipe here.

This classic festive fruit cake stays true to the traditional recipe while using fully vegan ingredients. With its sweet, dense sponge and plenty of brandy, this fruit-filled cake is perfect as it is or it can be decorated with fondant for a stunning centrepiece.

This cake can be made in advance and stored for months. Feed it regularly with extra brandy to keep it moist and delicious for the big day.

traditional vegan Christmas fruit cake

For those who prefer a less traditional Christmas cake while keeping with classic festive flavours, this striking gingerbread cake is the perfect choice.

It features a soft, fluffy orange sponge cake and zesty ginger-flavoured buttercream icing, while decorate dried orange slices and homemade gingerbread cookies give it a festive flair.

Spiced orange gingerbread vegan christmas cake

Citrus fans will love this contemporary take on a Christmas cake. The fresh, light sponge and sweet orange icing come together to form a delightfully zesty after dinner treat, while the hint of ginger in the cake keep it suitably festive.

The ‘naked’ cake look means that this striking cake is deceptively easy to decorate.

orange and ginger naked vegan cake

They say we eat with our eyes, and your guests will want to devour these beautifully decorated reindeer cakes. A large cake makes a stunning centrepiece, while smaller, individual portions will serve as an a-doe-rable party favour or festive dessert.

The sweet antler biscuits are a simple but effective decoration for these cute cakes, but they can just as easily be made from cardboard if you have limited time for baking.

Vegan Christmas cakes with minimalist reindeer decorations

For a deer-ingly different take on Christmas cake, try making these vegan reindeer cake pops. They’re easy to make and are a fun activity for children during the winter break. They also make a wonderful edible gift.

These cake pops can also be a great way to reduce food waste as you can make them with leftover cake (if such a thing exists in your home!) Simply skip the steps to make your own cake and use offcuts, misshapen cakes, or party leftovers to form your cake pop mixture.

cartoonish reindeer vegan christmas cake pops

This fruity loaf cake is for life, not just for Christmas but that doesn’t mean it won’t make the perfect festive treat for tea time in winter.

With succulent cranberries, a soft, spiced sponge, and a zesty orange glaze this humble loaf cake is loaded with flavour and perfect with a warming cuppa.

Cranberry orange loaf cake vegan christmas recipe

This rich, chocolatey cake makes a wonderful dessert and is a great alternative to Christmas pudding for those who don’t like fruit cake.

With its moist almond sponge and sweet pear glaze, it’s an unconventionally festive sweet treat that’s delicious on its own, or served with a dollop of thick dairy-free cream.

Chestnut chocolate almond cake with pears

These mini vegan Christmas cakes prove that great things come in small packages! These tiny treats are loaded with rich chocolate and cacao, giving traditional Christmas fruit cakes a charming chocolate twist.

mini vegan chocolate fruit cakes

Sumptuous aquafaba meringue frosting and sparkling sugared cranberries give this delectable cake an icy look, reminiscent of a crisp winter morning.

This vegan Christmas cake recipe offers an impressive way to decorate your traditional fruit cake, elevating your bake beyond the usual fondant and marzipan topping.

Vegan christmas cake with meringue and sugared cranberries

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