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The Best Holiday Cakes and Pies

Written by Melinda Hershey, Staff Writer

So, you’re tasked with dessert for your holiday gathering. Don’t panic! These 12 ideas will bring some sweet and festive fun to the table.

Marshmallow-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Attention all chocolate lovers! These rich, chocolaty cupcakes are stuffed with fluffy marshmallow cream and kissed with vanilla frosting. Top with candy canes for a punch of festive flair.

Pumkin Cream Cheese Roll

Take a break from the traditional pumpkin pie and serve up this pumpkin cream cheese roll at your family feast this holiday. Serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or custard if you want to get extra decadent!

Rockin' Red Velvet Cake

Due to its vibrant red color, red velvet cake is a classic holiday treat. Impress your guests with this from-scratch cake recipe! Alternatively, make cupcakes for added portion control and portability.

Easy as Apple Pie

If you’re stumped on what to make for a big holiday gathering, you can’t go wrong with a basic apple pie. This version is foolproof and delicious with vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup.

Mini Chocolate Pudding Tarts

These adorable little tartlets would make great fare for your holiday buffet table. Top with whipped cream, and use your favorite colorful berries for garnish.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Warm bourbon and silky chocolate add an extra depth of flavor to the usual pecan pie. Best served warm and gooey with ice cream on top.

Chocolate Red Velvet Cake Balls

These easy cake balls look fancy, but they only have three ingredients and are super easy to make! This would be a good one to have the kids help with in the kitchen.

Whiskey-Soaked Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake

This is definitely not your ordinary bundt cake! Whiskey adds some ‘umph’ to the traditional holiday dessert. Best served warm with hot fudge.

Upside Down Pear Coffee Cake

This delicate cake not only makes a classy and simple dessert; we think it would also make a delicious addition to your Christmas brunch! We love it served up alongside some bacon and eggs.

Gingerbread Snack Cake

It just wouldn't be the holidays without the sweet and spicy flavor of gingerbread! Bake a loaf of this on Christmas Eve to serve up on Christmas morning while you open gifts.

Chocolate Yule Log

Embrace a long-time holiday tradition by baking a yule log. These are a fun challenge to make and are easy to customize to fit your tastes. If you’d like, swap out the raspberry jam for another flavor of your choice, and top with whipped cream or custard.

Classic Fruit Cake

Who could forget the ubiquitous (and polarizing) fruit cake? We love the chewy raisins and cherries scattered throughout. This version also never dries out due to a secret ingredient—pineapple juice!