BBC Good Food Magazine

PUDDINGS & CAKES

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BEST VEGAN DESSERT

JOINT WINNER: Morrisons The Best vegan Sicilian lemon & raspberry semifreddo £5 (450g)

This refreshing­ly light dessert is sweet, with a good level of sherbet tang, bitterness and nostalgic ice lolly notes.

BEST VEGAN DESSERT

JOINT WINNER: Tesco Wicked Kitchen Belgian chocolate and salted

caramel log £5 (570g)

A shiny mirror glaze and distinct layers of chocolate, sponge and salted caramel make this rich dessert stand out. It’s easy to slice and tastes luxurious without being too sweet, with lasting caramel flavour.

BEST SHARING DESSERT

JOINT WINNER: Heston from Waitrose The Giant Cracking Penny

£20 (700g) The presentati­on of this dessert is unique and beautiful. Inside, there are many textures, quality chocolate flavour and strong hazelnut elements for praline lovers.

BEST CHRISTMAS CAKE Asda Extra Special fully

iced fruit cake £9 (907g) Even layers of soft icing and marzipan coat this traditiona­l cake, which is decorated with a large gold bauble design. The cake itself is gently spiced, with a good helping of plump fruit. Whole nuts add flavour and texture.

BEST YULE LOG

Booths festive yule cake £20 (1.75kg) This stump-style layer cake is a fun and crowd-pleasing twist on a classic yule log. It’s reminiscen­t of a Brooklyn blackout cake, with its dark, dense sponge layers and rich chocolate icing.

WINNER

BEST CHRISTMAS PUDDING

JOINT WINNER: Waitrose No.1 Christmas pudding, 12-month matured

£12 (800g) For a warming Christmas classic, this pudding has a well made, crumbly texture and obvious nuts and fruits, plus generous citrus peel to add bitterness. The alcohol is not too strong, so would work with lots of different sauces.

BEST CHRISTMAS PUDDING

JOINT WINNER: M&S Collection golden blond Christmas pudding

£12 (800g) A lighter version of a classic pudding, this is a crowd-pleasing option that would be great for families. The spices are spot on, with juicy fruit and a sweet blonde chocolate sauce.

BEST SHARING DESSERT

JOINT WINNER: Iceland Luxury giant

chocolate bar £6 (600g) ‘What’s not to love?’ was the verdict on this pud. It has a good level of sweetness from the distinct layers, plus crunchy peanuts and a moreish, airy mousse.

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