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20 Christmas desserts to end your feast on a high

The perfect ending.

It wouldn't be the festive season without deliciously sweet treats, especially when they're gobbled up after a big family lunch of dinner. But it's not all steamed puddings and fruit mince pies (not that these aren't delicious). Here, we've pulled together a selection of our best ice-cream cakes, pavlovas, tarts and cookies for you to share with your friends and family. You'll also find recipes for homemade shortbread, rum balls and white Christmas rocky road, perfect for wrapping up as gifts.
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    Chocolate chestnut cake

    This gorgeous layered cake is the perfect balance of sweet and nutty. It's the perfect celebratory cake to serve at Christmas time.

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    Mango and passionfruit pavlova

    This iconic Australian dessert is made even more delicious with the addition of fresh tropical fruits. Whip up this gorgeous pavlova for a special occasion, birthday party or Christmas celebration.

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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.

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    Chocolate and cherry bombe alaska

    Sweeten up the festive season with this decadent chocolate cherry bombe alaska! The perfect dessert to share with family or friends.

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    Chocolate drambuie fruit cakes

    Drambuie is a whisky-based liqueur infused with honey, spices and herbs. Soaking the fruit in the liqueur adds depth and richness to these divine cakes.

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    Macadamia and fig Christmas pudding

    The addition of sweet and juicy figs and crunchy Australian macadamia nuts puts a delightful twist on the classic steamed Christmas pudding. Cut yourself a big slice and serve warm with a drizzle of cream.

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    Choc-meringue and turkish delight torte

    Heavenly choc- meringue and turkish delight torte, served with sweet raspberries, smooth cream, and crunchy pistachios - so deliciously indulgent!

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    Coconut and mascarpone cake

    This impressive-looking dessert combines the beautiful creaminess of mascarpone cheese with sweet and tart strawberries and raspberries. This cake is lovely served at Christmas time or for birthday celebrations.

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    Classic rum balls

    Sweet and fragrant, these rum-infused treats are rolled in toasted coconut and served up at Christmas time.

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    Chocolate, honey and red berry parfait

    Parfait means 'perfect' in French and there's a lot about this chocolate, honey and red berry version that is perfect. For starters, it's easy to make and doesn't melt too quickly which means it's great for entertaining. It also looks amazing.

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    Honey muscat cake with orange syrup

    Drizzled with orange syrup and topped with Greek yoghurt and fresh grapes, this cake is both delicious and stunning.

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    Panettone with mascarpone and raspberries

    Enjoy this traditional sweet panettone dish, complete with creamy mascarpone and fresh raspberries. A perfect way to end Christmas lunch or dinner.

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    Christmas coffee wreath cake

    This stunning cake is shaped like a Christmas wreath to make your festivities even more special. Your loved ones will love how it looks, but obsess over how it tastes. The rich coffee mascarpone filling is utterly delicious.

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    Cheat’s frozen Christmas puddings

    These deliciously sweet frozen puddings are perfect for a hot Australian Christmas celebration. We'll show you the quick way to make these impressive desserts with minimal effort.

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    Christmas ice-cream cake

    This quick recipe for frozen Christmas ice-cream cake is loaded with fruit, berries and brandy. Make it the night before for a hassle-free Christmas spent with your friends and family.

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    Festive caramel nut tart

    There was usually a tin of condensed milk in the fridge at home when I was growing up and my guilty pleasure was drinking it out of the can!

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    Santa Claus Christmas ice-cream cake

    This adorable Christmas-themed cake is perfect for festive celebrations. The cream-filled strawberry Santas will be a favourite with the kids, plus the creamy ice-cream filling, of course.

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