Do you need cake? 9 Local Bakeries for Last-Minute Thanksgiving Orders

If you’re not baking your own pies and want to buy a dessert for Thanksgiving, you’re in luck… but time is ticking. Place your cake orders for pickup before the big day.

Los Angeles is a city of excellent bakeries and bakers, as well as ice cream makers. Yes, there’s ice cream cake for Thanksgiving (including plant-based ice cream) and there’s cheesecake. Traditional pastries include sorghum-sweetened pecan pie, organic heirloom pumpkin pie, chess pie, and sweet potato ginger pie (and gluten-free chocolate espresso pie). It’s cakes galore.

Or, if you want to get into the kitchen and roll out the dough, you should definitely check out these recipes from cooking columnist Ben Mims for not-too-sweet apple, pumpkin, and pecan pie.

Clark Street Bakery

Zack Hall’s series of local bakeries started with bread and, fittingly, will be offering some Thanksgiving bread specials in addition to whole pies. For those looking to fill the holiday table with separate bagels, the baker sells plain and sesame versions by the dozen ($10) along with loaves of Harvest Bread with Cranberries, Walnuts, and Golden Raisins ($10). When it comes to dessert, Clark Street sells 9-inch pies in classic apple and pecan versions ($48 each), both made with Sonoran-based dough from the Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project. Pickup is available at the Brentwood or Echo Park locations November 22-24. Orders close at 5 pm on November 20. —Stephanie Breijo

Brentwood: 11702 Barrington Court, Los Angeles, (424) 248-0262; Echo Park: 331 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 529-4252, clarkstreetbakery.com

Cobblermania sweet potato cake.

Cobblermania sweet potato cake.

(Lucas Kwan Peterson/Los Angeles Times)

shoemaker

The motto of Cobblermania, which sells its treats at Los Angeles-area farmers’ markets, is: “So good you (you’ll want to) slap someone!” Let’s just say I was thankful no one else was around when I tried them out. The $12 cobblers, which have crust bottoms (making them somewhat indistinguishable from a pie in any practical way) were very good. The strawberry rhubarb nicely balances the sweet strawberry and grassy bitterness of the rhubarb. A holiday favorite, sweet potato pie is silky smooth with lots of warm spices. Owner Shae Seward, born and raised in Los Angeles, will be at the Torrance and Hollywood Farmers Markets this weekend, as well as the Culver City Farmers Market on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving for any food needs. last minute desserts She recommends that you get there early if she has a particular flavor that interests you, which can include the flavors mentioned above, as well as mango-blueberry-peach and a classic peach. —Lucas Kwan Peterson

A piece of Dear Bella Creamery's pecan-covered turtle cheesecake ice cream pie is scooped out of the rest of the tin.

Hollywood and Costa Mesa ice cream parlor Dear Bella Creamery will be offering a plant-based ice cream pie next week, available for both local pickup and nationwide shipping.

(Katrina Frederick/Dear Dairy Bella)

Dear Bella Dairy

Belinda Wei and Alice Cherng’s plant-based Hollywood ice cream parlor offers a Thanksgiving-only ice cream cake that’s based on a chocolate-pecan classic: turtle cake. Dear Bella’s version ($35) fills a gluten-free graham cracker crust with vanilla cheesecake ice cream sprinkled with chocolate-covered pecans, caramel, fudge ribbons, and graham cracker crumbs. Reserve for pickup orders at the Hollywood location now through November 23; the Costa Mesa store will allow walk-in orders. This frozen pie can also be shipped nationwide. The last day to reserve is November 20; orders must be placed at least two days prior to pickup. —SB

Los Angeles: 1253 Vine St., Suite 12, Los Angeles, (323) 848-4672; Costa Mesa: 2930 Bristol St., Unit A103, Costa Mesa, (657) 600-8104; dearbellacreamery.com/online-shop/p/turtlecheesecakepie-pickup

Family friends

Roxana Jullapat’s hearty pastry shop is worth a visit year-round, but come Thanksgiving, baker Friends & Family is expanding its traditional grain offerings with whole-grain pies for $60 each. This year’s menu includes sorghum-sweetened pecan pie; organic heirloom pumpkin pie; a classic chocolate chess cake; and an heirloom spiced apple pie. An additional pint of fresh whipped cream is available for $16. Bread options include a sourdough boule ($11), a half dozen white cheddar biscuits ($24), and a half dozen separate potato rolls ($22). Friends & Family chef Daniel Mattern is also preparing tasty a la carte sides and salads, like mushroom bread pudding, blueberry dressing and glazed brussels sprouts. The last day to pre-order Thanksgiving pies and other Friends & Family items is November 20, with pickup available on November 23. —SB

5150 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 668-2000, friendsandfamiliala.com

hotville chicken

Kim Prince’s Hot Chicken Restaurant in Nashville offers 9-inch deep-dish pecan pies ($36), 9-inch key lime pies ($40), and chess pie slices ($7). Prince is also putting together his banana pudding in two sizes: full ($110, serves 45 to 50!) and half ($65, serves 20). Order by calling the restaurant through Monday for pickup between 10 am and 6 pm on November 23 and between 10 am and 1 pm on Thanksgiving Day. —Jenn Harris

4070 Marlton Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 792-4835, hotvillechicken.com

An overhead photo of Sasha Piligian's pumpkin gingerbread cake on a wooden counter.  One slice has been removed and plated.

Sasha Piligian’s Thanksgiving pies, which include a gingerbread and pumpkin variety, can be purchased at the new Echo Park cafe, Canyon Coffee.

(Sasha Piligian / May’s Microbakery)

May Microbakery

Sasha Piligian’s hyper-seasonal, petal- and fruit-covered pies are some of the most coveted baked goods in Los Angeles—and on Instagram, in general—and now former pastry chef Sqirl is opening orders for Thanksgiving pies, too. This season, through his May Microbakery operation, he is offering three holiday cakes, each priced at $70. The gluten-free chocolate espresso mousse pie features a savory vanilla meringue crust and topping, while the sweet potato ginger pie includes sweet potato custard, gingerbread cookie crust, candied ginger, and meringue. For a fruit option, there’s a See Canyon Blackberry Apple Pie topped with an amaranth crumble. The last day to order from Piligian is November 19 for pick up November 23 at Canyon Coffee, where one can regularly find their tea cakes, biscuits and other treats in the cake box in the cafe by the cash register. —SB

1559 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, (213) 905-0722, maymicro.getminimart.com

Gwen’s cake room

After Australian chef Curtis Stone temporarily closed his Maude tasting menu restaurant in 2020, he launched the Pie Room the following year in the same space, a bakery and takeaway shop serving sausage rolls and sticky toffee pudding alongside in the Cornish style. Wonderful deep dish pies and apple pie. Well, Maude reopened and that could have been it: bye-bye, cake. But Gwen’s Pie Room has returned for Thanksgiving in a new location. Order Pumpkin Gingerbread Pie with Brown Butter ($55), Chocolate Caramel Pecan Pie ($56), or Key Key Pie ($55) by emailing [email protected] by November 21, for pickup on the 23rd o November 24 (Thanksgiving) . —Betty Hallock

5373 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles

Sweet Rose Dairy

In both Santa Monica and the Brentwood Country Mart, Rustic Canyon Family’s artisan ice cream parlor serves up a cold version of the classic Thanksgiving pie. Sweet Rose Creamery’s Ice Cream Pies are $55 each and come in flavors including Pecan Pie (brown sugar ice cream with buttered pecans and fudge in chocolate cookie crust); apple pie (ice cream made with Cuyama Orchards apples and a caramel ripple, topped with salted crumb and caramel sauce); and vegan pumpkin pie (pumpkin ice cream with cinnamon meringue, candied nuggets, and cinnamon sugar, all with a gingerbread cookie crust). Both shops also sell treacle and stout gingerbread cake, available with or without pints of ice cream, plus house-baked cinnamon rolls and chocolate chip cookies. Pre-orders end Nov. 18, but both stores will offer the seasonal treats for walk-in orders Nov. 21-24. —SB

Santa Monica: 2726 Main St., Santa Monica, (310) 260-2663; Brentwood Country Mart: 225 26th St., Suite 51, Santa Monica; (310) 260-2663, dulcerosacreamery.com

Yangban Society

While not exactly a cake, Yangban Society offers their super-creamy, light-as-air cheesecake with coconut butter crust ($68) alongside jars of seasonal jam ($10), pear chips ($48), and rum. spiced apple cakes ($38) for the holidays. Orders can be placed by emailing [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance for pickup on or before November 23. -JH

712 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, yangbanla.com

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