For Thanksgiving, bakeries in New Orleans, which sits on ancestral Indian lands originally inhabited by the Chitimacha. and the Chahta Yakni (Choctaw) peoples, expect diners to leave desserts for them. And what better excuse to sample this year’s creations than freeing up more time to spend with loved ones? Once you’ve planned your main meal for November 24, check out this guide to finding the right cake to finish it off, from the traditional to the unexpected.
3624 Dauphine Street, Bywater
Bywater Bakery is consistent in offering the most options for Thanksgiving pies, and this year is no different. Choose between caramel nuts; Chocolate Peanut Butter; apple rosemary; sweet potato chiffon; walnut and butternut praline; and the amazing blueberry elderflower (with a vegan crust). They all cost $30; a good deal for cakes of this quality.
Organize: Call, email, or place an order on the website for pickup on Tuesday, November 22 and Wednesday, November 23. Closed Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday.
1919 Saint Claude Avenue, Seventh Ward
Cypress Cakes is one of the newer bakeries in the city, opened in early 2022 by local baker Margo Robert. For Thanksgiving, choose from four pies: pumpkin, carrot, pumpkin pie, and satsuma ginger; and four pies: sponge pumpkin, pecan, lime, and double-crust apple.
Organize: Order online by Saturday, November 19 for pickup on Wednesday, November 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
4930 Pritania Street, Uptown
Gracious has great cake options available for pick up at the Uptown or Mid City locations this year, including sweet potato, Louisiana pecan, and apple crumble.
Organize: Orders are available online until Monday, November 21.
4600 Magazine Street, Uptown
In addition to La Boulangerie’s menu of starters and breads, there’s also just about every cake, tart, or pastry, from pumpkin, apple, and pecan, to chocolate cream, lemon meringue pie, and chocolate ganache.
Organize: Book here before Sunday, November 20 for pick up on Tuesday, November 22 or Wednesday, November 23.
3005 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Metairie
Alison Vega-Knoll and Chris Wilson’s Gourmet Market, in addition to full Thanksgiving catering, offers pumpkin and pecan pies to feed eight, for $30 and $35, respectively.
Organize: Order online by Saturday, November 19 for pickup on Wednesday, November 23 from 8 am to 3 pm
Laurel Street Bakery
2701 S. Broad Street, Downtown
Keep it seasonal with a traditional pumpkin apple, pecan, or sweet sour cream, or turn it fruity with a blueberry trellis from Laurel Street Bakery. For non-cake options that are also festive, the bakery also offers pumpkin bread, gingerbread, and apple pie.
Organize: Call or order online by Monday, November 21 for pickup by 1 pm on Wednesday, November 23.
Levee Baking Co.
3138 Magazine Street, Irish Channel
At Levee Baking, the talented Christina Balzebre is launching Chocolate Buttermilk, Roasted Sweet Potato, and Lemon Meringue this year, and it’s selling out fast.
Organize Orders are placed on a first-come, first-served basis with pickups on Wednesday, November 23 from noon to 4 p.m.