Best Christmas Desserts For Hot Weather Celebrations

Words: Crush

There is no doubt that Christmas should be celebrated at the table with families coming together to share a festive meal. Hours will have been spent preparing festive sides, 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 think that you can skimp on that with some ice cream and chocolate sauce. That won’t do! To make your life easier, we’ve made a list of our favourite Christmas desserts to end your meal on a sweet note.

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Try these classic and contemporary takes on traditional festive desserts.

Christmas Desserts Boozy Pudding

Christmas Pudding

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

ClemenGold Fudgy Dark Chocolate Skillet Brownie

Decadent and dreamy – this skillet dark choc brownie is a fun take on Christmas pud.
Recipe for ClemenGold Fudgy Dark Chocolate Skillet Brownie

Festive Teatime Treats

Brew your best and invite guests to enjoy these festive-inspired bakes.

Christmas Cupcakes

Chocoholics will adore these cocoa treats, plus the kids will have fun decorating them.

Recipe for Christmas Cupcakes

Cranberry Loaf with White Choc Cream Cheese Drizzle

Slice your way to cranberry heaven with this bake; the decadent drizzle makes it irresistible.

Recipe for Cranberry Loaf with White Choc Cream Cheese Drizzle

Nothing Bundt Christmas

We love a bundt cake; it just so happens that these versions are particularly festive.

Christmas Desserts Gingerbread bundt
christmas dessert amaretto bundt

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 fruit cake.
Recipe for Gingerbread Bundt

Amaretto Bundt

Here’s a showpiece dessert for your ‘white’ Christmas, complete with hints of almond.
Recipe for Amaretto Bundt

Vegan Chocolate Bundt Cake with Avocado Oil

A decadent chocolate cake – 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 and taste buds 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 ideal during summer. Top with seasonal fruits and whipped cream.

Black Forest Pavlova

Wow your guests with this showstopper dessert; a guaranteed hit any time of the year.
Recipe for Festive Black Forest Pavlova

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

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 makes for the perfect festive dessert.
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 your baking skills, then these Fruit Mince Macarons will have guests raving.
Recipe for Fruit Mince Macarons

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Christmas Mince Pie Baked Alaska

If you’re still feeling slightly under pressure and 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. Don’t forget to save Santa a slice!
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.

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches

A fun and refreshing dessert that everyone, old and young, will enjoy.
Recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches

Frosé Raspberry Granita with Vanilla Ice Cream & Berries

This light and tasty treat made with Rosé, berries and a serving of vanilla ice cream is the ultimate Christmas dessert for hotter weather.
Recipe for Frosé Raspberry Granita with Vanilla Ice Cream & Berries

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christmas dessert

Liqueur-filled Ice Cream Truffles

These liqueur-filled ice cream truffles make for 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 summer celebrations.
Recipe for Festive Ice Cream

Berry Nice Chocolate Mousse with Blackberries & Cream

A light, chocolaty mousse with fresh blackberries – this might just become your new favourite, whether served at Christmas or any other time of year.
Recipe for Berry Nice Chocolate Mousse with Blackberries & Cream

Fruit Mince Pie No Churn Ice Cream

This ice cream is unbelievably creamy, and the neutral vanilla base really allows the delicious fruit mince flavour to come through in every bite.
Recipe for Fruit Mince Pie No Churn Ice Cream

Christmas Desserts with an Edge

Some festive dessert inspiration from around the world.

White Choc & Rose Water Panna Cotta with Rosé Fruit Compote

Cream, melted white chocolate and rose water form the base of this Panna Cotta. The rich flavours are balanced by a satisfyingly tart berry compote infused with Big Easy Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé. Sensational!

Recipe for White Choc & Rose Water Panna Cotta with Rosé Fruit Compote

Vin de Constance Poached Pears with Butterscotch & Praline

A classic dessert infused with local flavour. Treat guests to these divine pears poached in rooibos tea, vanilla and Klein Constantia Vin de Constance.

Recipe for Vin de Constance Poached Pears with Butterscotch Sauce & Nut Praline

Chocolate Truffle Trifle

This beauty is full of festive cheer; it takes a bit of work to make, but it will be worth it.
Recipe for Chocolate Truffle Trifle

Plum Frangipane Tart

We love that this tart uses juicy 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 seven layers of shortbread-like cake with a custard filling. Infused with traditional Christmas flavours and spices, it is the perfect holiday treat.
Recipe for Festive Biscuit & Custard Layer Cake

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christmas dessert

Christmas Strudel

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

Boozy Cherry & Christmas Strudel

A great way of using up any leftover Christmas pud – if you’re lucky.
Recipe for Boozy Cherry Strudel

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christmas dessert

Plum, Honey & Rosemary Upside-Down Cake

A deliciously light and moist cake that will make a delightful replacement for a traditional festive fruit cake.
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 feast.
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 seasonal berries you can find, and voilà! Christmas dessert, sorted!

Complete your feast with these Christmas roasts and festive sides.

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