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Boozy Christmas Cakes Full of Holiday Spirit

We know what Santa really wants for Christmas, and it's not a plate of cookies by the fireplace. These spirit-filled cakes will definitely keep you warm this holiday season.

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Grandma's Christmas CakeTaste of Home

Grandma's Christmas Cake

One bite of this old-fashioned spice cake will bring back memories. Loaded with raisins and nuts, it tastes extra special drizzled with the rich buttery sauce. —Linda Stemen, Monroeville, Indiana

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Rich Rum CakeTaste of Home

Rich Rum Cake

We like a touch of rum for the holidays, and this orangey rum cake is decadent alone or with big swoops of whipped cream. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

Know someone who’s boycotting booze completely for Dry December? Bake up one of these alcohol-free Christmas cakes instead!

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Creme de Menthe CupcakesTaste of Home

Creme de Menthe Cupcakes

We use creme de menthe, a liqueur that means “mint cream” in French, to add a cool touch to these impressive mascarpone-frosted cupcakes. —Keri Whitney, Castro Valley, California

Are you a big-time planner? These festive green cupcakes are also perfect as a St. Patrick’s Day dessert!

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Spiced Rum FruitcakeTaste of Home

Spiced Rum Fruitcake

This fruitcake not only can be made weeks ahead, it tastes better that way! You can substitute Brazil nuts, pecans and hazelnuts for the walnuts—or use a combination of nuts. —Jason Boor, Manchester, New York

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Mudslide CheesecakeTaste of Home

Mudslide Cheesecake

Change up cheesecakes with different liqueur flavorings. This “mudslide” version with coffee and Irish cream is my husband’s favorite. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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White Chocolate Christmas TorteTaste of Home

White Chocolate Christmas Torte

Talk about a scene-stealer! This raspberry-filled cake, an exceptional dessert for any meal, is an especially lovely ending for a holiday feast. —Carol Gillespie, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

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Rawhide's Whiskey CakeTaste of Home

Rawhide's Whiskey Cake

For several years, our neighbor gave us a moist, whiskey-flavored cake. I’ve tweaked the recipe, and now my friends want this cake instead of platters of homemade cookies. Fair warning; this cake takes 3 days to make but it is very easy to prepare. —Cindy Worth, Lapwai, Idaho

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Spiced Rum and Pear CakeTaste of Home

Spiced Rum and Pear Cake

The flavors in this cake really make it stand out as a special occasion cake—with raisins, fresh sweet pear chunks, rich spices, crunchy walnuts and rum, it's a fine finale for your holiday spread. If you don't cook with alcohol, try substituting apple juice for the rum—it will still be delicious! —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

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German Chocolate Tres Leches CakeTaste of Home

German Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

I first tried tres leches cake while in Ecuador several years ago. Since then, I’ve changed it up by adding some of my favorite ingredients, namely chocolate and coconut. This version also has a splash of rum for an adults-only treat. —Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas

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Amaretto Ricotta CheesecakeTaste of Home

Amaretto Ricotta Cheesecake

There's a good reason why this cherished recipe was handed down to me by a relative. It's a keeper! The amaretto and ricotta make for a truly unique dessert. —Isabel Neuman, Surprise, Arizona

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Pina Colada Tube CakeTaste of Home

Pina Colada Tube Cake

We named this a “pina colada” cake because it has coconut, pineapple and rum. It’s a soothing finish at the end of a big spread. —Debra Keil, Owasso, Oklahoma

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Glazed Spiced Rum Pound CakesTaste of Home

Glazed Spiced Rum Pound Cakes

My recipe makes two loaf-sized treats, perfect for sharing. The spiced rum flavor really comes through in both the cake and the glaze. —Christine Russell, Littleton, New Hampshire

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Kahlua Fudge Sheet CakeTaste of Home

Kahlua Fudge Sheet Cake

I make this cake for my grandsons. It’s a quick and easy dessert that’s perfect for chocolate and marshmallow cream lovers.—Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Amaretto Cake with Buttercream FrostingTaste of Home

Amaretto Cake with Buttercream Frosting

I came up with this amaretto cake recipe because I was craving something that tasted like wedding cake. The texture is similar to pound cake, which is exactly what I wanted. Everyone who tastes it LOVES it. —Megan Dudash, Youngsville, North Carolina

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Rum-Glazed Pumpkin CakeTaste of Home

Rum-Glazed Pumpkin Cake

For years, my co-workers were taste testers as I worked on a recipe for pumpkin cake. This version wins, hands down. —Gilda Smith, Santee, California

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German Black Forest CakeTaste of Home

German Black Forest Cake

As far as I know, this cake recipe can be traced back to my German great-grandma. When I got married, my mother gave me a copy and I hope to someday pass it down to my children. —Stephanie Travis, Fallon, Nevada

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Cranberry-Almond Pound CakeTaste of Home

Cranberry-Almond Pound Cake

When you want an extra-special dessert for the holidays, it’s hard to beat a seasonal homemade cake. I like to drizzle mine with a simple but elegant glaze flavored with amaretto. —Jackie Howell, Tucson, Arizona

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Southern Lane CakeTaste of Home

Southern Lane Cake

I just love this southern-style dessert, and so do dinner guests. With pecans, cherries and raisins in the filling and topping, this version reminds me of a fruitcake—only so much better! —Mabel Parvi, Ridgefield, Washington

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Irish Cream CupcakesTaste of Home

Irish Cream Cupcakes

If you're looking for a grown-up cupcake, give these a try. You'll have a hard time limiting yourself to one! —Jenny Leighty, West Salem, Ohio

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Makeover White FruitcakeTaste of Home

Makeover White Fruitcake

A beloved fruitcake recipe has been passed down through the generations, and I've made it lighter and brighter. I remember my mother making this every December—it just wouldn’t be Christmas in our home without it. —Judy Grebetz, Racine, Wisconsin

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Malted Chocolate & Stout Layer CakeTaste of Home

Malted Chocolate & Stout Layer Cake

If you want a dessert that will take the cake at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, look no further! The rich chocolate cake is incredibly moist and has a nice malt flavor that’s perfectly complemented by the Irish cream frosting. —Jennifer Wayland, Morris Plains, New Jersey

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Salted Caramel Cappuccino CheesecakeTaste of Home

Salted Caramel Cappuccino Cheesecake

After spending years living in Seattle, I’ve become a coffee junkie! I had to relocate across the country for a time, so I created this cheesecake with the flavors of salted caramel, coffee and espresso. It lifted me up on days when I felt blue about leaving one of the world’s great coffee destinations. —Julie Merriman, Seattle, Washington

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SachertorteTaste of Home

Sachertorte

Guests will be surprised to hear this dessert starts with a convenient cake mix. Each bite features chocolate, almonds and apricots. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Little Amaretto Loaf CakesTaste of Home

Little Amaretto Loaf Cakes

Using smaller pans and topping the cakes with amaretto glaze makes these loaves so incredibly moist. —Donna Lamano, Olathe, Kansas

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Strawberries and Champagne CheesecakeTaste of Home

Strawberries and Champagne Cheesecake

I bake from scratch because I believe that love—and sweetened condensed milk—are the best ingredients. —Kathryn Work, Louisville, Kentucky

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Chocolate-Filled Angel Food CakeTaste of Home

Chocolate-Filled Angel Food Cake

This decadent angel food cake has a secret tunnel of Amaretto-and-chocolate-flavored whipped cream and a luscious chocolate glaze. It's sure to impress. —Leah Rekau, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Apple Brandy CheesecakeTaste of Home

Apple Brandy Cheesecake

If you like apple pie, you will also enjoy this cheesecake. Bits of apple are scattered throughout the filling and a cinnamon-brown sugar streusel is a delightful topping to this impressive dessert.—Marian Platt, Sequim, Washington

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Raspberry Truffle Cake PopsTaste of Home

Raspberry Truffle Cake Pops

Rich chocolate with a hint of raspberry liqueur—it doesn't get any better than this! —Taste of Home Food Styling Team

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Orange Ricotta Cake RollTaste of Home

Orange Ricotta Cake Roll

I come from a big Italian family where my mom cooked and baked many delicious meals and desserts from scratch. Now I like to do the same for my family. This cake is my finale to our Italian Christmas Eve dinner. —Cathy Banks, Encinitas, California

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Christmas Pudding with Brandy SauceTaste of Home

Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce

We developed this classic Christmas pudding that’s served with a caramel brandy sauce. Packed with fruits, nuts and spices, it’s rich and delicious.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Grasshopper CheesecakeTaste of Home

Grasshopper Cheesecake

What do you get when you combine a popular mint-chocolate drink with a cheesecake? Pure delight! Garnish the top with piped whipped cream and cookie crumbs. —Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan

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Cranberry-Lime Semifreddo with Pound CakeTaste of Home

Cranberry-Lime Semifreddo with Pound Cake

Everyone has a favorite way to serve pound cake, but no one will expect this! It’s my go-to trick for using up leftover cranberry sauce. —Christine Wendland, Browns Mills, New Jersey

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Amaretto Dream CupcakesTaste of Home

Amaretto Dream Cupcakes

Treat yourself to these indulgent little cupcakes laced with the irresistible flavor of Amaretto and slivered almonds. —Anette Stevens, Olds, Alberta

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Caribbean Coconut Rum CakeTaste of Home

Caribbean Coconut Rum Cake

My take on those boozy treats that weigh down suitcases returning from Jamaica, this moist cake packs a rum punch. You may wish to card your guests before serving. The longer the rum soaks in, the better—overnight is best. —Jenn Hall, Collingswood, New Jersey

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Chocolate & Grand Marnier CakeTaste of Home

Chocolate & Grand Marnier Cake

I was running out of ideas on what to make for a friend for her upcoming 50th so I made this cake and she was ecstatic. I knew that after dinner she enjoyed a glass of milk with an ounce of Grand Marnier mixed in, so what better way to surprise her than with this decadent birthday cake? —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontarior

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Grand Marnier Cranberry Pound CakeTaste of Home

Grand Marnier Cranberry Pound Cake

This is a bit different than the usual pound cakes I've prepared. The combination of cranberries and orange liqueur is incredible. —Kathy Hunter, Woodland, Washington

James Schend
As Taste of Home’s Deputy Editor, Culinary, James oversees the Food Editor team, recipe contests and Bakeable, and manages all food content for Trusted Media Brands. Prior to this position, James worked in the kitchen of Williams-Sonoma and Southern Living. An honor graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, he has traveled the world searching for great food in all corners of life.

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