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Where to Outsource Your Holiday Baking in Ottawa


Have you hit holiday burn out yet? December is busy enough without having to add more to your list of to-dos, which is why we are recommending you consider outsourcing your holiday baking this year.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make that family recipe everyone is really looking forward to, but we think it would be a good time to take some of the load off and plan other alternatives for your dessert table, work gathering or cookie exchange. Instead, turn to one of these delicious bakeries and food shops in Ottawa that not only offer tasty treats for the season, but clean up the mess after too. From traditional shortbread, to inventive sweet treats, get ready to place your order.


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On St. Laurent Boulevard in Ottawa’s East End, you’ll find exquisite eats at Epicuria. You can grab entire meals to feed your family and their quiches are not to be missed, but the baked goods like shortbread cookies and mini tarts are exactly what you’ll want on your holiday dessert table. If you are looking for a Buche de Noel, you can order one here too.

Red Apron

While you can grab traditional baked goods (like shortbread) at Red Apron, we love the twist they have for holiday treats.  Pick up some spiced nuts or ginger caramel popcorn for something sweet and salty that will please large and small crowds.

Thyme and Again

Maybe it’s time to think outside of the cookie jar; they aren’t the only dessert that can be served during the holidays. That’s why we are thinking that you’ll love the Thyme and Again gingerbread cake with brown sugar icing. This would be a decadent way to finish your meal.

The Black Walnut Cafe

If pie is your family’s preference for dessert, look no further than The Black Walnut Bakery in Cumberland. You may need to order ahead of time to ensure you aren’t disappointed, but we know you will love the taste of their crumbly crust and delicious pie filling. Grab some date squares and butter tarts while you are in the cafe too.

Boko Bakery

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The cookies from Boko Bakery may appear too pretty to bite into, but that feeling won’t last long once you get your first taste. We love the creative and cute designs like Santa, winter bears, birds and some of your favourite characters adorning Santa hats. Kids and adults will love these.


If you love to celebrate the season with a decorated Christmas tree, why not enjoy a macaron tree too? At Quelque Chose in Westboro, you can choose one of their popular macaron flavours like pistachio, or a seasonal option like peppermint and chocolate. Order them in boxes, or create a tree shaped from macarons for an even more impression style. We think these would be the perfect hostess gift to bring to your next gathering.

Cuisine & Passion

In Orleans, you don’t have to look any further than Cuisine & Passion for delicious bites of savoury or sweet. They are taking orders for one of the most controversial of holiday goodies: Fruitcake. If fruitcake is well loved in your family, forget the hassle of making it yourself. Order your fruit cake, or another holiday treat, for gifting or serving.

Take Another Bite

In Manotick, you’ll find the delightful Take Another Bite. Their offerings will bring your holiday dessert table to a whole other level. From donut trees, to treat pops, to gorgeous cakes, we know you’ll be the hostess with the mostess thanks to them.

Maverick’s Donuts

How about a festive donut instead? Can we make that a new thing? Maverick’s Donuts (on Bank Street) can custom create holiday donuts like adorable reindeers or green and red plaid icing. If you are serving Christmas Eve brunch, or are in charge of the holiday coffee break at work, these will be crowd pleasers.


If you are worried about when you’ll have time to pick up your treats, Givopoly’s delivery service is here to help. You get to choose from a selection of goodies on their website (like this plum pudding from The Cake Shop) and they’ll deliver them to your home or work. We love the thought of not only outsourcing our baking, but also the pick-up and delivery too!



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