By Michelle Mass | November 10, 2016 | Food & Drink
Not sure what to bring to Thanksgiving dinner? These local bakeries are serving up fall-inspired treats you—or your family—will be able to resist this holiday.
This Center City shop is known for its delicious desserts as well as their delightful packaging. Each cake, pie, and pudding from owner Avery Goldman is served in a perfectly portioned mason jar. This month, opt for the seasonal pumpkin cake, a deliciously fluffy cake lightly spiced with cream cheese frosting. Or go traditional with the apple crumb cake (also available in a whole pie for Thanksgiving), baked with homemade caramel and spices before being topped with crumbs. 625 S. 16th St., 267-519-0609
This quaint bakery is known for crafting desserts for sweet lovers with food allergies or those who are inclined to healthier treats—think gluten-free, refined-sugar free, vegan, and kosher. And now with three locations in and around the city, it’s easier for residents and visitors to grab any of their decadent treats, including the fall-inspired pumpkin glory sweet loaf: The shreds of coconut and raisins means you can have it any time of day. Multiple locations, 215-545-1899
Committed to using only the best of the best, Sweet Elizabeth’s doesn’t use shortenings, high-fructose corn syrups, or stabilizers in any of their specialty cakes and cupcakes. This month, the Manayunk bakery will serve up the inventive wicked chocolate cake—if the combination of chocolate Italian buttercream and chocolate ganache isn’t enough to sell you, we’re sure the pumpkin French macarons garnish, homemade marshmallows, chocolate crunch, and gold leaves will. 4409 Main St., 267-331-8949
Tucked away in South Philadelphia (where all authentic bakeries are born) is Potito’s—a charming and immediately homey Italian bakery founded in 1985. With an impressive selection of cakes, cannolis, Italian cookies, and other desserts, it’s hard to choose just one. However, for your Thanksgiving treat this year, try the homemade turkey pound cake. Shaped into a turkey and iced with homemade buttercream, the cake is stuffed with cake crumbs and airbrushed to perfection. 1614 W. Ritner St., 888-801-7771
The acclaimed artisan bakery truly knows how to celebrate the fall season with decadent treats. Owner and pastry chef Amy Edelman suggests trying the pumpkin pound cake, which comes in two ways: Bundt slices with cinnamon icing, and in a cupcake version topped with cinnamon frosting and a tiny fondant pumpkin. 7725 Germantown Ave., 215-248-9235