Best Christmas cake 2020: The woman&home taste test

You deserve only the best Christmas cake on your festive table this year and these are the Test Kitchen’s top picks.

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Our Christmas cake recipes are easy to prepare ahead of time but we understand that not everyone wants to bake their own festive showstopper. To help you pick the best Christmas cake for you, and your loved, we’ve ensured there is a good variety to choose from. 

From cakes with no icing, classic bakes with marzipan and fondant as well as a trio of smaller cakes that includes a golden sponge and a chocolate cake there is something for every palate. We’ve taste-tested hundreds of Christmas fare to help you deliver the ultimate festive feast. Whether you’re looking for the best Christmas canapés, puddings or more, read our woman&home Christmas taste test to discover the full list of winners for 2020. 

Best Christmas cake 2020: The winners 

Royal Iced Bell Christmas CakeWoman&Home Best Buys

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Chocolate Fruit & Nut Cake, 800gWoman&Home Best Buys

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=Taste the Difference Holly Wreath Christmas Cake, 900g: £11 |Woman&Home Best Buys

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Tesco Finest Rich Fruit CakeWoman&Home Best Buys

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Specially Selected Luxury All Over Iced CakeWoman&Home Best Buys

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Waitrose Trio of Christmas CakesWoman&Home Best Buys

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Best Christmas Cake of 2020: The honourable mentions 

Despite not making the top selections in our taste test, these Christmas cakes are certainly worth a try. These cakes are a little less conventional but still impressed our team of taste testers on flavour. 

Co-op Shimmering Iced Christmas Cake,

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Country Fare Brandy Fruit Cake, 1kg: £25

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Extra Special Brandy Soaked Fully Iced Fruit Cake,

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Daylesford Organic Christmas cake, 800g: £18

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Jessica Ransom

Jessica is a Senior Food Writer at Future and is an enthusiastic, self-taught cook who adores eating out and sharing great food and drink with friends and family. She has completed the Level 1 Associate course at the Academy of Cheese and is continually building on her knowledge of beers, wines and spirits. 


Jessica writes food and drink related news stories and features, curates product pages, tests and reviews equipment and also develops recipes which she styles on food shoots. Some career highlights for Jessica include chatting to one of her favourite food writers and chefs Sabrina Ghayour for an interview in Country Homes and Interiors and having the opportunity to meet the legendary Michel Roux Jr. and Raymond Blanc.