Food Box

A sample of bite-size to bigger treats

Give the gift of yum

This holiday season, whether you’re in need of a last-minute gift or some party treats, Cake Works has a slew of goodies that are delectable, but not too sweet.

The bakery, known for their customizable cakes, is offering holiday specials in their already popular items–cupcakes, French macarons and scones–but seasonal and traditional desserts, such as Stollen, are available on a made-to-order basis.

At the Weekly, we sampled a box of macarons, whose holiday flavors include peppermint, chocolate chip pistachio, pumpkin spice and Grand Marnier (from $12.50 for five “classic” to $35 for 10 “gourmet” selections). A very simple dessert, they’re uncommon enough to make a thoughtful and classy gift. For the adventurous, French Macaron Christmas Trees make great centerpieces for guests to pick off (starting at $225 for a 24-inch tree).

We also sampled Cake Works’s Holiday Mignardise Tray ($45 for 24 mini-desserts), which features a mixture of fruit tarts, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate lemon-raspberry cups, chocolate hazelnut crunch, minted meringue strawberry tarts and truffles. Surprisingly light and not overly sweet, each treat is the perfect size to pop in your mouth. Some are even a little tangy. “There’s lilikoi at the bottom of the fruit tarts,” says Chef Abigail Langlas.

But the highlight in our office was the Stollen, a traditional German fruitcake coated in powdered sugar. This is not your average fruitcake–it’s like a powdered donut peppered with preserved fruit–and tastes more like bread than cake. We made short work of this loaf.

To place an order, call the bakery during business hours. But hurry–some of these desserts will only be available through Christmas, and orders must be given with at least 24 hours’ notice.

Cake Works, 2820 S. King St., open Mon.–Sat., 9am–7pm and Sun., 9am–6pm, [], 946-4333