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16 tasty Christmas desserts that aren't pavlova

Take a break from that traditional pav and try one of our 16 tasty Christmas dessert alternatives. From trifle to ice cream cake, these recipes add a deliciously different twist to your Xmas spread

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    Easy summer strawberry trifle

    This showstopping strawberry trifle recipe is a must for any sweet summer occasion - especially Christmas! Easy and requiring just a few ingredients, this recipe is a winner


  • 2

    Lemon meringue cake

    Indulge in this deliciously decadent lemon meringue cake. Topped with sugary meringue and sweet candied lemon, this is perfect for any special event or family barbeque!

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Modern Christmas cake

    This wonderful recipe sees moist, fruity Christmas cake topped with cinnamon buttercream, fresh figs and pistachios! It's the perfect dessert to enjoy with friends and family during the festive season

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

  • 4

    Raspberry and white chocolate tiramisu

    This raspberry and white chocolate tiramisu is extremely easy to put together as it’s an assembly job, as opposed to cooking. The flavours are heavenly too - the perfect dessert treat!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Christmas pudding with honeycomb

    This Nici Wickes Christmas pudding is crammed full of cranberries, currants and raisins, and topped with homemade honeycomb for wow factor. Impress your guests with this incredible creation.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Christmas pudding icecream bombe

    Ensure your Christmas has a showstopping finale with this gorgeous Christmas pudding icecream bombe recipe! Give this eye-catching dish a go for a deliciously different Xmas dessert


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    Chocolate flourless torte

    This chocolate flourless torte only takes 15 minutes to get ready for the oven, but once it is decorated with fresh berries and cream it will make you look like a baking superstar!

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Christmas strawberry tiramisu

    Wow your loved ones on Christmas Day with this show-stopping strawberry tiramisu recipe! Featuring layers upon layers of desserty goodness, this dish is sure to be a star


  • 9

    Chocolate rocky road Christmas wreath cake

    Looking for a deliciously different way to celebrate Christmas? This indulgent chocolate rocky road Christmas wreath cake recipe is just the ticket! Serve post-feast or enjoy in the festive lead-up

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

  • 10

    Christmas roulade

    Nici Wickes' Christmas roulade recipe makes a gorgeously festive dessert. It’s simple to make, light to eat and adding fruit mince to the filling really adds to the Christmas spirit!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 11

    Vanilla panna cotta with berry compote

    Italian for 'cooked cream', panna cotta is a soft, sweet set-cream dessert that wobbles like a delicious jelly. Served here with mixed-berry compote for a burst of tart flavour.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Fruit cake and eggnog cheesecake

    With a fruitcake base, creamy cheesecake filling and fruit topping drizzled with toffee, this Christmas dessert is a wonderfully decadent treat.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

  • 14

    Vanilla, mango and berry trifle

    This showstopping vanilla, mango and berry trifle recipe is fantastic for any sweet summer occasion with family - especially Christmas! Creamy, delicious and easy, make sure you try it this sunny season

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Trifle wreath cake

    This trifle cake is perfect for your Christmas day celebrations. In a fun wreath shape and topped with beautiful summer fruit and homemade custard, it couldn't get much more festive!

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|