Burned out on baking? These bakeshops have what you need to spread joy—and desserts—this holiday season.
By Emma Engelfried
December 16, 2016
Holiday parties are upon us, time to break out the festive sweater and ready your caroling voice. Before you get out the mixer and start making Grandma’s sugar cookie recipe, check out these fun flavors from some local bakeries. No shortage of unique treats to share with friends and family here!
Hood Famous Bakeshop
What started as a popup featuring unique Filipino-inspired desserts has become a brick and mortar bakeshop in Ballard. The shop’s signature treat is its ube (purple yam) cheesecake, vibrantly colored, delicious and a perfect alternative to the sugar cookies you may have been planning. But if purple isn’t your thing, try the Vietnamese coffee or white chocolate guava cheesecakes, better yet, pick up a cheesecake party tray so no flavor is left behind. Pre-order five days in advance and pick up at the bakeshop on the corner of Northwest Market and Shilshole Avenue Northwest in Ballard. 2325 1/2 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107, 206-486-6429
From Tokyo to the East Coast to Seattle, the founders of Fresh Flours have grown their dream of sharing Japanese-inspired pastries with the world. Pick up a selection of black sesame tea cookies or yuzu macarons to spread the dream even further. You can find these delectables at one of Fresh Flours’ four locations in West Seattle, Beacon Hill, South Lake Union, and Phinney Ridge. Multiple locations, website
Nielsen’s Pastries has been around since 1965, but that’s not to say they aren’t keeping it fresh. The family-owned bakery specializes in unique Danish treats like kringle, their bestseller, and, of course, danishes, of all shapes and flavors. Looking for a holiday specialty? Nielsen’s cinnapan–just like it sounds, a sheet pan of cinnamon rolls all cooked together for a shareable dessert–is only available during this time of year. Or try the traditional Danish Christmas dessert called drommekage, meaning Danish dream cake. Think light, but moist, white cake with a caramelized coconut topping. Stop by the shop in Lower Queen Anne, but be sure to call in and reserve your selection. 520 2nd Ave W, 206-282-3004, website
Cakes of Paradise
December in Seattle doesn’t exactly conjure tropical feelings, but a dessert from Cakes of Paradise will transport you to that sunny paradise island you’ve been dreaming of, it’s in the name. Inspired by distinctly Hawaiian flavors, Cakes of Paradise aims to share the aloha spirit through treats like their brightly colored guava cake or coconut cream pie. Try something extra festive like their delightfully gooey pineapple upside-down cake, dotted with maraschino cherries of course. You can order online or stop by the shop in Georgetown. 6322 6th Ave S, 206-763-1151, website
Simply Soulful Cafe
Unique yet traditional, Simply Souful Cafe is best known for its nearly century old sweet potato pie recipe passed down through generations to find a home in Seattle’s Madison Valley neighborhood. The family owned café is keeping it simple, delicious and every bit holiday party worthy. If sweet potato isn’t your thing, try the pecan pie or apple cobbler. If you’re lucky enough to be the one to pick up the pie, take a break from the holiday madness for a plate of red beans and rice. It’s cold outside! 2909-B East Madison, 206-474-9841, website
Founded in 1922, Borrachini’s has a special place in Seattle’s Mount Baker Neighborhood. Equipped with everything from deli meats to a colorful dessert case, Borrachini’s is a great place to pick up the essential holiday party treats. Looking for something real traditional? Grab a mincemeat pie. Don’t let the name deceive you, this traditionally British pie is composed of dried and candied fruit and warm spices, no meat included. Located off Rainier Avenue South, Borrachini’s is a perfect holiday party stop. They also carry a season must: panettone! 2307 Rainier Ave S, 206-325-1550, website