This round-up is a real festive treat, even if the tasting has to be done virtually and I'm very happy to take the blame for encouraging all of these decedent creations.
If anyone is looking for a chocolate orange cake, look no further, cakes were far and away the most popular item this month and we have quite a variety to choose from. Luckily, there were a few other goodies thrown into the mix - just in case you thought you couldn't stand another piece of cake!
At this darkest time of year for us in the northern hemisphere, many struggled with light levels. The photographs may be suffering from SAD, but I'll bet the lucky recipients of this lot were very happy.
Don't forget to find out what Chele has in store for us all tomorrow.
Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year.
So, in the order they came in:
Chocolate Orange Marble Bundt Cake.
chocolate orange xmas cake truffles might be more tempting than a great big slice to eat. Knowing how full I was after Christmas dinner I think that would go down very well here in the UK too - even if it isn't very warm.
chocolate chip cookies with orange rosemary and hazelnuts. This recipe comes from Rasmus of Vegologi and the site is written in Swedish - the link however is to an English translation. They sound delicious and the lovely photograph comes courtesy of pickipicki.
Nigella's storecupboard chocolate and orange cake. And I know from experience that this is a very good cake indeed.
orange drinking chocolate comes from first timer Mariam of Gourmet Hot Chocolate using water rather than milk. It looks delicious.
chocolate orange cupcakes made with a Terry's chocolate orange as well as orange zest and juice would have done the trick.
Orange tiramisu most elegantly served came from Manu of Cooking Manu. What I particularly liked about this was that it had orange juice rather than coffee in it.
Orange Viennese fingers from Snowy of Cookbooks Galore. Filled with chocolate and dipped in chocolate, no wonder they are her daughter's favourite.
whisky and orange chocolate sandwich biscuits sound delicious. This was Gary's take on a Dan Lepard recipe for mint chocolate biscuits and an inspired one at that. Exploits of a Food Nut.
Panettone with chocolate, clementine and walnut sounds very festive indeed and I'd very much like to dig into a slice for breakfast or tea any day of the week. It certainly cheered up a wet December day for Working London Mummy.
chocolate orange cake truffles for day twelve of her advent calendar fest.
chocolate and orange cream roulade from Yummy Choo Eats sounds as good as it looks.
Christmas Chocolate Log from Mari's World - first time with WSC. If you want to see how it's done you'll find a video showing you how.
nonnettes with white chocolate chips. I actually know these are delicious because I've just baked them - superb!
chocolate orange and cranberry cookies.
party stollen from Kate of What Kate Baked, you can also take part in her festive quiz to find out just how much you get into the party spirit.
chocolate orange muffins before going to work in the morning - impressive indeed!
orange Jaffa brownies.
Chocolate orange banana bread is the unusual combination brought to us by the Hungry Hinny. The addition of orange curd adds a note of lushness that I find particularly appealing.
chocolate covered orange lebkuchen all prettily packaged for her Christmas hampers.
chocolate orange roulade comes from Dom of Belleau Kitchen who is well on his way to world domination and is now out to impress Eric Lanlard.
orange cranberry and chocolate muffins with their use of oats and toasty topping.
Jaffa Cake Christmas Trees in true festive style is a WSC first entry from English Mum. With CT a huge Jaffa cake fan, I might have to hide this one or he'll be clamouring for me to make it!
chocolate and fig fruitcake.
chocolate and orange bundt cakes? Very I'd say. An early Christmas present for Kath of The Ordinary Cook was responsible for these beauties.
chocolate dipped candied oranges and Chele of Chocolate Teapot made them with bells and whistles too, using spices in the mix and keeping some of the flesh on.
triple orange and chocolate cake.
chocolate orange Canada cornstarch shortbread cookies got a raised eyebrow when Michelle of Food, Football and a Baby presented them. Luckily they were enjoyed by all - it's amazing what a bit of crystallised ginger can do!
flourless chocolate orange and ginger cake was born.
chocolate Christmas cake has become a Christmas tradition in the Brownieville Girl household and no wonder I say.
A warming and festive recipe that particularly appealed were these mulled chocolate and orange marshmallows by Matthew from Salty Plums. As if this wasn't enough decadence he accompanied them with chocolate and orange cookies.
First timer, Janine of Cake of the Week came up with these festive looking white chocolate, orange and ginger flapjacks. The photos of them packaged up for gifts look especially good.
chocolate orange fudge disappeared so quickly when Hannah from Corner Cottage Bakery made it just before Christmas.
cream cheese and chocolate orange cake.
chocolate and orange wreath brought to us by The KitchenMaid looks highly festive.