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Get those holiday desserts locally

Posted November 12, 2014

MB's Tasty Pastries Bourbon Pecan Pie

— Whether you want cheesecake or a chocolate chess pie, these local places have tasty options for the holiday season.

MB's Tasty Pastries - This is truly a hidden gem! Located behind Heritage Market at the corner of Burlington Mills and Forrestville roads in Wake Forest, this small shack holds some of the most delicious pies you will ever taste. MaryBeth has been baking since she was in high school and now she has turned her hobby into a real business. She and her husband run the small shop Thursday through Sunday selling such decadent pies as: Bourbon pecan, apple, lemon, chocolate cream and chocolate chess. Make sure to try her lemon cookies and pecan pie bites! Pies are about $15 each. 

Royal Cheesecake and Varieties -  I first met Kenneth and Tamara Williams, the folks behind Royal Cheesecake and Varieties, at the Midtown Farmers Market in North Hills in Raleigh. Their cheesecake stopped me in my tracks! Everything they make is done from scratch and you can really taste the difference. They offer specialty cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes and pies. Here's a list of their holiday flavors and specials:

  • Cupcakes: $23/dozen
  • Cakes: $35
  • Sweet Potato Pies: $15 
  • Cheesecakes: $30/10 inch
  • Flavors: Carrot Cake, Chocolate Mocha Cheesecake, Cupcakes (vanilla, sweet potato, red velvet, gluten-free), Pound Cake (Lemon, Sweet Potato or Pumpkin), Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cake, Sweet Potato Cheesecake, White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

Sweet Traditions by LeAne - Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake and Caramel Apple Cake are just two of the specialty options LeAne has this year. You can also order some of her famous cupcakes! Delicious stuff! She is taking orders until Nov. 20 for Thanksgiving. 

Big Bundts - Try a decadent bundt cake from this Chapel Hill staple. Flavors include Eggnog Rum, Pumpkin Rum and Maple-Glazed Pumpkin. There is even a Thanksgiving cookie box. 

Are there any other local folks you like to order desserts from?  


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  • wesha Nov 13, 2014

    As a baker, those prices are very reasonable. When you are a baker, whether you have a store front or a certified home based bakery, there are other things that have to be taken into consideration. Everytime your oven is turned on, you are using electricity. That bill has to be paid. Also, when you are using quality ingredients, they are not cheap. People who appreciate custom baked goods understand and are not afraid to pay the higher prices. They also know what they are eating. When you go to local grocery stores, the ingredient labels have so much stuff that you can't even pronounce let alone to know what it is you are putting in your body. I tip my apron to the local bakers anytime.

  • wolfpack317 Nov 13, 2014

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    Those prices - oof.

  • glarg Nov 12, 2014

    "Cheesecakes: $30/10 inch"Why not go more local and make it yourself for that price?

    After all the message to your family is "I cared enough to take the time to make this special" not "I bought this".