Best Christmas Desserts for Hot Weather Celebrations

Words: Crush

There is no doubt about the fact that Christmas Day is ultimately celebrated at the table with families coming together to share a festive meal. Hours will have been spent preparing all manner of vegetables, the perfect potatoes and of course, the crowning glory that is the roast. Christmas desserts, however, are just as important as the main event, so don’t for a minute think that you can skimp on that with some ice cream and chocolate sauce. That just won’t do. To make your life easier, we’ve put together a list of our favourite Christmas desserts to ensure your meal ends on a sweet note.

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Whether you’re a fan or not, Christmas cake occupies a spot in most of our holiday memories. Let’s get nostalgic and look at some classic and contemporary takes on the traditional festive cake.

Christmas Pudding

Christmas Desserts Boozy Pudding

This recipe is for the die-hard fruity and boozy Christmas cake traditionalist! It’s served with boozy cherries and a rich brandy sauce.
Recipe for Christmas Pudding

Nothing Bundt Christmas

We love a bundt cake and it just so happens that these versions are particular festive.

Christmas Desserts Gingerbread bundt
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Gingerbread Bundt with Vanilla & Ginger Cream Cheese Icing

If Christmas cake is a little too heavy, this will still tick the festive boxes, without being a full-on fruitcake.
Recipe for Gingerbread Bundt

Amaretto Bundt

Here’s a showpiece of a dessert for your ‘white’ Christmas! Complete with subtle hints of almond.
Recipe for Amaretto Bundt

Vegan Chocolate Bundt Cake with Avocado Oil

A decadently dark and rich chocolate cake that is the perfect showstopper for a special occasion or celebration.

Recipe for Vegan Chocolate Bundt Cake with Avocado Oil

Celebration Wreath Cake

This picture-perfect wreath cake is easily customisable to suit your celebration. Top with whatever fits your theme – chocolate malt balls, honeycomb, wafers or fruit. Let your imagination lead you!

Recipe for Celebration Wreath Cake

Christmas Desserts Chocolate Hazelnut Bundt Salted Dark Chocolate Ganache
Christmas Desserts latte bundt

Chocolate Hazelnut Bundt

This cake is sure to bring you over to the dark side this season. To tip you over the edge it’s iced with a salted dark chocolate ganache.
Recipe for Hazelnut Bundt

Latte Bundt with Espresso Glaze

Imagine your Monday morning latte as a cake… Merry Christmas!
Recipe for Latte Bundt with Espresso Glaze

Merry Meringue Desserts

Meringue desserts are delicious in summer topped with seasonal fruits and freshly whipped cream. Yum!

Raspberry & Rose Pavlova

A pavlova always looks impressive; this one is pretty in pink and will be a crowning centrepiece for any celebration table.

Recipe for Raspberry & Rose Pavlova

Black Forest Pavlova

Wow your guests with this showstopper dessert; we guarantee this will be a hit any time of the year.

Recipe for Festive Black Forest Pavlova

Mini Pavlovas with ClemenGold Curd & Honey Cream

Impress your friends and family with these crispy and chewy ClemenGold flavour bombs… or just keep them all for yourself.

Recipe for Mini Pavlovas

Brown Sugar Pavlova Cake

This stunning pavlova will make the perfect centrepiece for any festive table.

Recipe for Pavlova Cake

Mince Pies

The British classic gets a make-over with these recipes.

Christmas Desserts Macaron Mince Pie

Fruit Mince Macarons

If you’re really looking to shake things up this Christmas and want to show off some baking skill then these Fruit Mince Macarons will have your guests applauding you.

Recipe for Fruit Mince Macarons

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christmas dessert

Christmas Mince Pie Baked Alaska

If you’re still feeling slightly under pressure and really don’t have time to make a dessert from scratch, this mince pie will garner you ‘oohs and aaahs’ without having to do much work.
Recipe for Christmas Mince Pie

Christmas Mince Tart

This Christmas mince tart is a contemporary twist on the traditional fruity English pie. Just be sure to save a slice for Santa’s clause.
Recipe for Christmas Mince Tart

Frozen Festive Desserts

If you’re celebrating the holiday season in the southern hemisphere then you may want to consider adding one of these delicious frozen desserts to your menu to help escape the heat.

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christmas dessert

Liqueur-filled Ice Cream Truffles

These Liqueur-Filled Ice Cream Truffles are a quick and easy, chilled dessert.
Recipe for liqueur-filled Ice Cream Truffles

Festive Ice Cream

Incorporate the flavours of Christmas with this recipe. Perfect for a summer celebration.
Recipe for Festive Ice Cream

White Chocolate Macadamia Biscuit & No Churn Olive Oil Ice Cream Sundae

This ice cream is unbelievably creamy and the neutral vanilla base really allows the delicious olive oil flavour to come through in every bite.

Recipe for White Chocolate Sundae


Christmas Desserts with an Edge

Some festive dessert inspiration from around the world.

Chocolate Truffle Trifle

This beauty is full of festive cheer, it takes a bit of work but totally worth it.

Recipe for Chocolate Truffle Trifle

Plum Frangipane Tart

We love that this tart uses in-season plums – and that colour! Totally on-trend for the festivities.

Recipe for Plum Frangipane Tart

Festive Biscuit & Custard Layer Cake


The inspiration for this cake is an old South African favourite – ‘Jewish Custard Tart’. It’s made up of 7 layers of shortbread-like cake with a custard filling.  Infused with traditional Christmas flavours and spices and is perfect for hot summer weather.
Recipe for Festive Biscuit & Custard Layer Cake

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christmas dessert

Christmas Strudel

A warm, easy to assemble strudel, drizzled with homemade custard.
Recipe for Christmas Strudel

Boozy Cherry & Christmas Strudel

A great way of using up your leftover Christmas pud.
Recipe for Boozy Cherry Strudel

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christmas dessert

Plum, Honey & Rosemary Upside-Down Cake

A delicious, light and moist cake that will make a delightful replacement for a traditional festive fruitcake.

Recipe for Plum, honey Upside Down Cake

Custard & Raspberry Free-form Tart

Not too rich but not quite healthy, this tart is the perfect way to end off your festive feasts.

Recipe for Custard & Raspberry Tart

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christmas dessert

Trifle Doughnuts

While they may not be the quickest things to knock out, these doughnuts stuffed with berry compote and a vanilla custard will quickly become a classic at Christmas.

Recipe for Trifle Doughnuts

Strawberry & Blueberry Tart

If you want an impressive dessert, that is a little more decadent, this summery tart is perfect.

Recipe for Strawberry & Blueberry Tart

Berry Torte

This Chocolate Olive Oil Torte is so easy to make – you can prepare the day before and then simply serve when ready, making entertaining so much easier. Top with whatever festive berries you can find, a dusting of cocoa powder edible glitter and voila! Christmas dessert sorted.

Now that you have the perfect Christmas dessert complete the menu with one of our Christmas roasts and some festive sides.

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