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15 Christmas cake and pudding recipes that will bring festive cheer

Christmas isn't the same without a beautiful fruit cake or pudding! From traditional recipes to butterscotch, honeycomb and even gluten-free variations, these Christmas cakes and puddings will bring the cheer to your celebrations this year.

By Harriet Keown
Impress your Christmas guests this year by pulling out a perfectly-created fruit cake, with the help of our simple step-by-step guide.
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    Lynne’s Christmas cake

    Mum’s made this cake for many years since her dear Aussie friend Lynne shared it with her. It is always a success, thus their friendship remains intact! Photography by Todd Eyre

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Orange and dark chocolate Christmas pudding

    Nothing tastes like the festive season quite like a decadent Christmas pudding. This orange and dark chocolate version is perfect served with your choice of creamy custard or ice cream

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Rich Christmas pudding with frosted cherries

    This rich Christmas pudding recipe is a deliciously decadent way to celebrate Christmas with loved ones. Top with 'frosted' cherries for a real festive feel

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Individual boiled Christmas puddings

    Nothing says the festive season quite like Christmas pudding - dense, moist and loaded with delicious dried fruit.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Gluten-free Christmas cake

    This Christmas cake makes life so easy when you have gluten-intolerant visitors, and it is so delicious, everyone will love it! You'll be so impressed, it might just become your go-to festive recipe.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Mum’s golden Christmas pudding with butterscotch sauce

    Nici Wickes shares her mum's sensational Christmas pudding recipe that's crammed full of golden fruits and served with delicious butterscotch sauce, creamy custard, brandy butter and whipped cream

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Modern Christmas cake

    This wonderful recipe sees moist, fruity Christmas cake topped with cinnamon buttercream, fresh figs and pistachios! It's the perfect dessert to enjoy with friends and family during the festive season

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Orange Christmas pudding with honey and citrus sauce

    Nici Wickes' Christmas pudding recipe creates a less-rich dessert that's covered in beautiful oranges and served with a wonderful warm honey and citrus sauce, whipped cream and brandy butter

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Gluten-free Christmas cakes

    Christmas is not the same without the traditional Christmas cake! A cake that has all the ingredients that are mandatory to a Christmas cake, the only thing different is it's gluten-free!

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Rich fruit cake

    This fruit cake is deliciously moist and looks beautiful decorated with almonds. It can last up to 12 months, but we think you'll polish it off well before then.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Christmas pudding with honeycomb

    This Nici Wickes Christmas pudding is crammed full of cranberries, currants and raisins, and topped with homemade honeycomb for wow factor. Impress your guests with this incredible creation.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Gluten-free Christmas pudding

    A gluten-free diet doesn't mean lowering your standards. This gluten-free Christmas pudding is bursting with fruit and flavour.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Mum's Christmas loaf cakes with easy icing

    Nici Wickes shares her mum's delicious gift idea. This recipe sees one big batch of Christmas cake mix divided between smaller loaf tins and dressed up with a simple icing and some glacé cherries

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|