Cakes, Cookies & Tortes: Holiday Desserts from Local Bakeries

By: Toni Cunningham | December 23, 2013

‘Tis the season of peace on earth, warm and fuzzy feelings and, of course, desserts. This time of year includes weeks of non-stop eating as we jump from family gathering to office party and back. Everywhere you turn, there are Christmas cookies, rum cakes, fudge squares, pumpkin pie, and I’ll stop now before you start to drool.

I don’t know about you, but my mom and I have a standard list of cookies we prepare each Christmas. While the usual suspects are made year after year, once in a while we’ll throw something different into the mix.

If you’re hoping to spice up your list of baked goods this holiday, look no further! There’s nothing wrong with bringing something new to your family gathering. In fact, there’s a good chance that whatever you prepare will be so good, it will become a new tradition.

Get ready to channel your inner pastry chef, and take a look at the following scrumptious holiday desserts:

If you simply just don’t have an affinity for baking, you can purchase your holiday treats at a local bakery and bring them along to your holiday party. Your secret’s safe with me.

Hermann’s Bakery, 317 S. Main St., Royal Oak, is known for its cakes and sweets, and they’re taking special holiday orders. They’ve got practically every cookie under the sun, including sugar cookies perfect for your Christmas dessert table. The cookie selection, however, is nothing compared to the cakes. Tortes, cheesecakes, sour cream cakes, chiffon cakes and angel food cakes are all available. And trust me, your family will appreciate you bringing a Peppermint Chiffon cake to dinner.

Elite Sweets, 33471 W. 8 Mile Rd., Livonia, makes tortes that are to die for. Your Christmas meal will be incomplete without a Crème de Menthe, Double Chocolate Mousse or Bailey’s Irish Cream cake. Do yourself a favor and look at the pictures provided in the link to help make your decision easier. You can thank me later.

Pinwheel Bakery, 220 W. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale, has all sorts of seasonal treats perfect for your party: macarons filled with white chocolate peppermint ganache, double ginger pound cake, even homemade caramel marshmallows. You can even squeeze in some last minute Christmas shopping while you’re there! A Michigan Macaron gift pack comes with limited edition flavors including Vernors, Rock & Rye, Cherry Port and red wine chocolate.

Holiday Market, with locations in Canton and Royal Oak, is perfect one-stop shopping when it comes to a holiday meal. You can purchase your dinner ingredients and pick up something decadent from the bakery all in one trip. If you’ve never tasted anything from the Holiday Market bakery, you’re seriously missing out, and there is no way you can go into 2014 without doing so.

If you just want to look at a series of desserts that are worthy of being in a museum (and possibly print out a few recipes), take a look at this recent Huffington Post article.

Good luck with your baking endeavors, and have a happy (and delicious) holiday!