Celebrate the holidays this year with delicious homemade desserts without turning on your oven. If cooking isn’t your forte or you are too busy to spend hours in the kitchen knee high in flour, dough and peppermint sprinkles, order your baked goods from one of the following locally-owned bakeries.
Itty Bitty Sweets
83 Zinnia St, Ladera Ranch
Good things come in small packages at Itty Bitty Sweets. Throw a half apron over your little black dress and greet your guests at the door with a serving tray of tiny cakes, brownies, lemon bars or hand-dipped pretzels. Don’t be fooled by their miniature size — these desserts come packed with flavor. At Itty Bitty Sweets, the desserts are made with love from a mother and baker-turned-business owner Page Bowman. Every order is created from scratch with passion and a homemade touch.
The Bluffs Center
1314 Bison Ave @ MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 640-9096 Fax
Serve cookies this holiday season from Wonderland Bakery. Brag to guests how you hired the baker whose scrumptious desserts have been requested by the White House for the past five years, including President Obama’s Inauguration, the President’s Committee On the Arts and Humanities, and a fundraiser, which featured hundreds of Presidential Seal cookies as attendee gifts. Wonderland Bakery is a unique destination that focuses on delicious cakes, cupcakes, and cookies as well as whimsical products perfect for holiday parties. During the festive season popular items include their famous gingerbread cookies, corporate logo gift baskets, cupcakes, assorted gingerbread houses, sugar cookie and gingerbread cookie decorating kits, and personalized baked goods to give to clients, family, and friends. The Gingerbread cookie was voted Best in America on “The View” in a search conducted by Whoopi Goldberg.
248 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach
Scandia Bakery has started to take to orders for the holiday season. The desserts at Scandia are homemade at prices that won’t break the bank. Take your pick from apple, pumpkin, cherry or pecan pies ranging from $10 to $18 dollars each. If you like more than pies, the bakery can create pastries, tiramisu, black forest cake, cannolis, éclairs and cookies. Scandia is a staple in Laguna known to the locals and loved by tourists. If you need suggestions on what type of desserts to serve or give as a gift, just ask — the staff is friendly and will help you plan the menu.
Nothing Bundt Cakes
270 E 17th St, Ste 4
Costa Mesa, CA 92672
November’s featured flavor is Pumpkin Spice Cake. This bundt cake will be a hit with your guests, a twist to the traditional pumpkin pie served on Thanksgiving. Nothing Bundt Cakes are available in numerous sizes to accommodate gatherings both large and small, from bite-sized Bundtinis, to single serving Bundtlets, to larger 8″ and 10″ cakes and even double-tiered cakes. In addition to cakes, the bakeries feature an assortment of artfully designed gifts and decorations with a playful, timeless quality to help make the holiday season more special.
Sugar Blossom Bake Shop
204 Avenida Del Mar, Suite F
San Clemente, California 92672
Sugar Blossom Bake Shop was founded by Chef/Owner Lei Shishak. Lei began her culinary career in New York City and has been the Executive Pastry Chef of Michael Mina’s Stonehill Tavern at the AAA Five-Diamond St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. Guests will be raving for days after they sample the desserts made at the Sugar Blossom Bake Shop. Shishak has been mentioned in many local magazines for her desserts including Riveria Magazine who ranked Shishak as one of Orange County’s Best Pastry Chefs. The desserts you can order can range from simple, seasonally-themed sugar cookies to elaborate white chocolate chip macadamia cranberry cookies. The cupcakes come in an array of flavors from red velvet to mint chocolate. Sugar Blossom Bake Shop also has a large selection of gluten-free desserts for your guests with special dietary needs.
Michelle Mears-Gerst is a writer in Orange County. She can be followed at @sunnynsocal and Sunnynsocal.com.