Christmas Dessert

I interrupt my regularly scheduled recipe posts to keep you entertained while we move: I'm in need of a recipe for the dessert of our Christmas dinner!

Right now I'm considering a few different things:

* Red velvet cake, pictured above. I made that one (only partially finished in the photo) last year for John's birthday (or was it something else?) from the Martha Stewart Cupcake book. One of the elves let it slip that Santa is getting me that book for me for Christmas, so I know I'd have the recipe on hand. I love red velvet cake, and the color is certainly Christmasy.

*Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

As I've shared before, sweet potato is my current favorite food, and I could use the torch to toast the frosting. I'm hesitant only because these sort of say "Thanksgiving" to me more than anything, and since we'll already have cookies (it's Christmas after all), I think it'd be nice to have a dessert that was one big thing that has to be cut, instead of individual servings.

*Gingerbread Apple Upside-Down Cake

This one looks a little more intense, but it's from Smitten Kitchen, so I trust that it would turn out well. Gingerbread definitely says Christmas to me, but I have one reservation about this one - it doesn't have chocolate in it. Still, it does have molasses, my 2nd favorite ingredient of the moment...

...but what I really want is bread pudding. So far I haven't found many recipes for it, let alone one that seems Christmasy/has chocolate on it. Even if I could find a basic recipe that I could add chocolate, I'd be satisfied.

So please help! I'd welcome your opinions on the recipes above and others like them. Do you have a favorite Christmas baking recipe? Or just a dessert recipe that you swear by? I'd love to hear about! Please leave a comment or email me at soundslikecanada@gmail.com. I'll be sure to give you a shout out if you send me something.


  1. Last year I made PW's Christmas Rum Cake and everyone FREAKED out; it was so good. No chocolate but a rum glaze!

  2. Mmmm I'll have to check it out.

  3. Gingerbread apple upside down cake sounds glorious! Please make that at some point so I may live vicariously through your pictures.

  4. I know, it sounds so good, right? I'm not sure how gingerbread cake works exactly...but it seems like a good idea.