Christmas makes us feel like singing! And baking! And since we always feel like eating cake, we figured, why not hit the holiday trifecta?
It's a little-known fact that though it's been around since the 18th Century, The 12 Days of Christmas didn't became popular in this country until 1910, when Emily Brown, a Wisconsin teacher, requisitioned its use for a school Christmas pageant. Or so says Wikipedia.
We're not too clear on the history of the song, it's true, and we stumble over at least a couple of the verses every time we sing it, tangling up leaping lords with swimming swans and drumming drummers. But we love it nonetheless; it's part of our Christmas past as well as our Christmas present—a tried-and-true favorite that never gets old. We feel much the same about our favorite holiday cakes. No matter how many times we bake them, they never seem outdated and they taste like Christmas every time.
Here are some holiday cakes we adore—a new cake each day for the 12 Days of Christmas; each one is as beloved as a favorite carol. And we're willing to bet that one bite of any in the bunch will have you singing the same tune.
— By Stacey Norwood, Multimedia Editor
The one and only Coca-Cola® combines with rich chocolate and vanilla in this delicious cake.
Double the decadence and serve this rich fudgy cake warm from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Build your cooking skills and culinary confidence with this classic chocolate cake from Julia Child.
Make these Winter Spice Cakes in a standard Bundt pan or in individual serving-size Bundlettes.
With ground almonds and walnuts and breadcrumbs instead of flour, this cake is topped with a luscious buttercream frosting. Use gluten-free bread for a gluten-free cake.
Coffee naturally enhances the flavor of chocolate, and this recipe packs a one-two punch—instant espresso powder cranks up both the batter and the frosting.
This pound cake is simplicity itself, relying on the simple flavors of pumpkin, brown sugar and spices to do the heavy lifting.
This cake hits the holiday flavor trifecta with white chocolate, cranberries and orange.
This lovely, moist pound cake can easily be turned into a shortcake dessert with fruit and whipped or ice cream.
The flavor of Christmas candy canes makes this snowy white cake as delicious to eat as it looks.