Not much of a Christmas pudding family? As great as traditional dishes can be, we’re always on the hunt for something different…
We wanted to find 10 tasty alternatives to Christmas pudding, to prove there are easy-but-delicious options for a festive dessert.
After all, not everyone likes Christmas pudding – especially not if you make the same thing, year after year.
We’re all about trying something new and flexing those baking skills in the kitchen.
We love blending unique ideas with Welsh traditionalism, as it gives you the best of both worlds. For example, this year we’re serving fresh dishes like plum, fig & pistachio frangipane tart with brandy custard and creme brûlée with bara brith fingers.
So, if you’re ready to try something different, get out the egg whisks and tie on that apron – it’s time to try a brand new dessert alternative!
#1 No-Bake Terry’s Chocolate Orange Tart
We’re kicking off this list of tasty alternatives to Christmas pudding with a festive staple… Who doesn’t have a Terry’s Chocolate Orange lying around?
This easy tart can be made sans oven, and if you mess it up, you still have an entire sphere of chocolate to eat! Winner.
#2 Ice Forest Christmas Cake
This recipe is a little more about the lovely decoration, rather than the cake itself.
So, if you’re not quite Paul Hollywood, you can buy a simple sponge and use the decor to wow your guests! We won’t tell, we promise.
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#3 Lebkuchen, a German Gingerbread Pudding (Vegan & gluten free)
For something you’ll almost definitely never have tried before, turn to the nation who go all out for Christmas!
Lebkuchen are gingerbread-style biscuits, so you can nibble them right the way through the festive period. Plus, you can pair them with some kind of mousse or trifle for after-dinner dessert.
#4 Christmas Light Cupcakes
Unbelievably simple yet extraordinarily effective – that’s how we like our cupcakes!
These Christmas light cakes only need a splodge of buttercream, a few strings of black icing, and assorted M&Ms.
#5 Gingerbread Layer Cake With Salted Whiskey Caramel
Back to the gingerbread; how could we ignore it?!
This showstopper cake is a decadent treat for anyone gritting their teeth through the sprouts.
#6 Chocolate & Guinness Cake
If you haven’t wangled enough alcohol into your day already, this rich chocolate and guinness cake will help you meet your quota.
#7 Boozy Mincemeat Pie
When we said ‘tasty alternatives to Christmas pudding’, we knew we couldn’t stray too far from the traditional.
This giant mince pie will feed the whole family twice over, and look great doing it.
#8 Gingerbread Cupcakes
Would it be weird if we just made these continually, throughout the year?
Too cute to eat, too good not to.
#9 Salted Caramel & Chocolate Fondant
If you want some peace at the table, hand out these salted caramel and chocolate fondants for dessert.
We guarantee they’ll stun the family into silence – they’re that good!
#10 Gingerbread House Cake
One final gingerbread recipe? We couldn’t resist…
This Christmas cake showstopper only requires one cake and some minor assembly!
Pick up a gingerbread kit then ice the houses how you like (stick to simple white decoration for a minimalist look). Then, stack them on your sponges to create a winter wonderland.
No one will ask where the Christmas pudding is once you wheel this out…
If you’d prefer to eat desserts made for you, why not join us at one of our December Christmas events in Cardiff?
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