It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… in decked out pastry cases across LA! Celebrate the season by indulging the sweet tooth of everyone in your family with delectable, festive desserts. From old-fashioned gingerbread men, deliciously decorated sugar cookies, and traditional yule logs to coconut snowflake cupcakes, sugar plums, and raspberry jewels, enjoy the holidays even more by punctuating every get together with a decadent selection from one of these fantastic bakeries.

SusieCakes
This All-American bakery specializes in classic desserts made from scratch, and their holiday offerings will delight kids as well as the kid in all of us. Chocolate candy cane cake, anyone? Their chocolate layer cake is filled with chocolate buttercream, frosted in mint buttercream, and covered with crushed peppermints! Also on the drool-worthy menu: gingerbread latte cupcakes (with coffee buttercream!), old-fashioned gingerbread men, festively decorated cupcakes (for Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Years), frosted sugar cookies (shapes include Christmas trees, snowmen, mittens, Stars of David, and dreidels), and more!

11708 San Vicente Boulevard
Los Angeles, Ca
310-442-2253
Online: susiecakes.com

Susina Bakery & Cafe
Classic favorites and decadent Yule Logs are on the merry menu at Susina Bakery & Cafe. A plethora of pies and tantalizing tarts as well as two varieties of brioche bread puddings: mixed berry and chocolate chunk, are a sweet ending to any meal. Parents may want to stash one of their Yule Logs for an after hours treat. The vanilla rum Buche de Noël is vanilla sponge cake brushed with rum and filled with chocolate mousse, and the chocolate coffee Buche de Noël is chocolate sponge cake brushed with coffee liquor and filled with whipped cream and covered with chocolate mousse. We’ll toast to that!

7122 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, Ca
323-934-7900
Online: susinabakery.com

Clementine
Clementine offers an awe-inspiring and extensive menu of holiday desserts that are ready to serve, or which you may bake at home to infuse your household with the scents of the season. Classic apple pie, bake at home apple pie, and pie flavors including pumpkin, pecan, key lime, banana cream, and chocolate cream will be real crowd pleasers. Kids will revel in their holiday cookie platter featuring an assortment of hand decorated shortbread cookies and gingerbread men. Or choose from their a la carte holiday cookies: lemon poppy crisps, sugar plum Hamentaschen, chocolate ganache, raspberry jewels, hand decorated gingerbread men, pecan snowballs, shortbread bells, stars and trees, mini chocolate or butterscotch brownies with nuts, and more. If you’ve got a cupcake fan on your hands, opt for their coconut snowflake cupcakes! Inspired to whip up a batch of cookies at home? Clementine offers a bake at home holiday shortbread kit and sanding sugars in four holiday colors.

1751 Ensley Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca
310-552-1080
Online: clementineonline.com

Sweet E’s Bake Shop
Holiday themed treats are abundant at Sweet E’s Bake Shop. Their adorably decorated cupcakes, cookies, and cake pops will be absolutely treasured by kids. Sweet E’s baked treats are fashioned in both Christmas and Hanukkah themes, boasting beautifully crafted and vibrantly colored red and green Christmas cookies in the likenesses of snowmen, snowflakes, mittens, candy canes, and presents, as well as blue, yellow, and white dreidels and golden gelts for Hanukkah. These treats will wow your kids with their bold, jovial presentation. Additional fun and festive treats include chocolate Santas on candy canes, whoopie pies, snowflake and snowmen Oreos, and chocolate pretzel sticks shaped like Christmas trees, reindeer, and Santa.

1417 South Robertson Boulevard
Los Angeles, Ca
323-422-8885
Online: sweetesbakeshop.com

Magnolia Bakery
This famous east coast bakery has been a hit in LA since it set up shop on 3rd Street. Their holiday offerings include a delightful cupcake ornament box, which includes a festive assortment of mini vanilla and chocolate cupcakes topped with Christmas colored icings and sugar ornaments. Also on the menu is their Hanukkah Dreidel Box which features the same delicious cupcakes, but they are topped with buttercream and edible dreidels. Their December cupcake of the month is a spiced gingerbread cupcake, with a generous dollop of vanilla bean meringue buttercream on top, and staffers say it’s enough to “make you feel comfy and cozy all over.” And cookie lovers will delight in their cookie packages with selections including lemon shortbreads dipped in chocolate or rimmed with a holiday border, sno-ball cookies, crinkle cookies, and cranberry chocolate chunk cookies.

8389 West Third Street
Los Angeles, Ca
323-951-0636
Online: magnoliabakery.com

What is your go-to holiday treat? Do you bake it yourself or opt for a store bought version? 

— Beth Shea

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