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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Baton Rouge Holiday Sweets Guide: A Cake Train Ride to Sugar Town


It's that special time of year... you know the one. 'Tis the season of indulgence. Blame the holiday spirits, the super rich eggnog, or my favorite excuse: testing all of the fudge so no one in the family gets poisoned. Any way you slice it, we all suffer from at least a tad bid of gluttony during the holiday season. Fortunately, my team did a little taste testing on your behalf and found some great local places to pick up some sweet treats for your holiday gatherings and office parties! So without further ado, here are six places to grab some sugar!

The Ambrosia Bakery: 8546 Siegen Ln.

Ambrosia may be known for their fresh strawberry cake and grandiose confections, but if you're looking for an assortment of cakes, brownies, baklava, petit fours, and beyond tasty truffles you can't go wrong.

Bite and Booze Bonus: Try their bourbon pecan truffles!

Sweet eats from The Ambrosia Bakery
Sweet eats from The Ambrosia Bakery



Baum's Fine Pastries & Chocolate: 10550 Perkins Rd. & 8046 Florida Blvd.

On the Baton Rouge scene since 1934, Baum's is no stranger to baking up holiday treats for Baton Rouge families. Instead of picking up big box store cookies for your kids' school celebrations, try some of Baum's homemade, hand-iced gingerbread and butter cookies!

A lovely assortment of sugar rushes from Baum's Fine Pastries & Chocolate
A lovely assortment of sugar rushes from Baum's Fine Pastries & Chocolate



Brew Ha-Ha!: 711 Jefferson Hwy.

This one is for all of you ballers out there...cake ballers, that is! Gabby Loubiere and her barista-bots have been bringing bite-sized deliciousness to the stomachs of the Capital City for 10 years now. Definitely stop in for lunch and leave with a few dozen cake balls.

Bite and Booze Bonus: Have the cake ball queen whip up something killer for your office party! I love her cinnamon roll cake balls.

Stellar cake balls from Brew Ha-Ha!
Stellar cake balls from Brew Ha-Ha!



Cupcake Allie: 3753 Perkins Rd. or find the Cupcake Allie food truck on the road

Allison Offner has a love for cupcakes. She bakes delicious varieties of cakey goodness completely from scratch and delivers them straight to your tastebuds. If you're in the mood for something petite she also makes all of their cupcake flavors in cake bite sizes and then decorates them in to Christmas trees or light bulbs for your holiday needs. 

Bite and Booze Bonus: You must have the Pecan Pie Cupcake. It is amazing.

Pictured are Cupcake Allie's Pecan Pie Cupcake, Eggnog Cupcake, and Red Velvet, Vanilla, & Chocolate Cake Bites
Pictured are Cupcake Allie's Pecan Pie Cupcake, Eggnog Cupcake, and Red Velvet, Vanilla, & Chocolate Cake Bites


Les Amis Bake Shoppe: 11826 Coursey Blvd.

I gave Les Amis Bake Shoppe a try for the first time and it blew me away. They have gingerbread, eggnog, and peppermint cake balls, beautiful macaroons, rich salted caramel dark chocolate cake, red velvet brownies, white chocolate peppermint cheesecake, and cupcakes in crazy delicious flavors! My saliva glads had a field day with this one. Pop in and see what fresh, from-scratch treats they have baking.

Bite and Booze Bonus: To sweeten the deal Les Amis throws in a bonus bag of their peppermint buttercrunch with every holiday order!

The smorgasbord of sugar from Les Amis Bake Shoppe
The smorgasbord of sugar from Les Amis Bake Shoppe


Strand's Café: 226 Laurel St.

Strand's is tucked away in a cozy spot downtown where they crank out some delicious coffee, breakfast bites, and lunch sandwiches. They're really best known for their fine chocolates and confections. During the holidays they also have this traditional and devilishly sweet Caribbean rum cake. Anyone can show up to my party any day with one of these! This cake is heavy on the rum and just the right level of sweet if you're an elf. Try it out and let me know what you think!

The Traditional Caribbean Rum Cake at Strand's Café
The Traditional Caribbean Rum Cake at Strand's Café