Whether it’s the batch of cookies you were assigned to make for your child’s school celebration or the potluck at work, we’ve all had a moment where we’ve forgotten to make a special treat for an event. Instead of picking up a pre-made tray of cookies or cupcakes from the grocery store, stop by one of these bakeries for a special homemade taste.
Made entirely from scratch, every Alexandria Pastry Shop cake uses sweet butter and fresh cream from Shenandoah Valley creameries, as well as chocolate imported from Belgium and France. Fixed menu highlights include a Passion Fruit Bavarian Cake with apricots, and a Raspberry Marquis with a chocolate ganache. 3690-H King St., Alexandria
Raised in Germany, Chief Baker Simone is bringing traditional German baking to the Northern Virginia region. All of the baked goods are made from scratch with traditional recipes from Simone’s family. Along with cakes for every occasion, the Bäkehaus offers macarons, cupcakes, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Off Hay Road, Ashburn
This bakery is all about nostalgia, offering classic American layer cakes that they claim are “the way Grandma used to make them.” With funky designs and rich flavors, these cakes are a great option for a holiday party or a birthday party. Try out some of the cheesecakes and pies for an Americana-inspired treat. 2006 18th St. NW, Washington, DC
While this Chantilly bakery started out making cake pops, they’ve since branched out to homemade cakes that are perfect for a special day, as they’re made with fresh eggs from the bakery’s on-site farm. When you swing by to pick up your cake, make sure to go say hello to the variety of animals that the bakery loves to show off. 25922 Poland Rd., Chantilly
With over 15 years in business, Sussy’s Cakes is a baking institution in Fairfax. They make creative and elaborate cakes for every occasion, and cupcakes are also available. Cakes are available for pick-up or delivery by appointment only. Fairfax
Every cake made in this bakery’s small studio is hand-crafted and baked with fresh ingredients. The bakery offers a wide variety of unique flavors, from Chocolate-Guinness Cake with Bailey’s Irish Cream, to a Royal Wedding Lemon Cake and Elderberry Syrup flavor. A wide variety of 3D and sculpted cakes can take your next celebration to a whole new level. 43671 Trade Center Pl., Ste. 166- Mezzanine, Sterling
Founded in 1999, this bakery combines traditional European pastry-making and modern American cake-making. From amaretto to almond, marble to mocha, there is a flavor of cake that everyone will love. Looking for something last minute? This bakery can have wedding cakes ready within 36 hours, and cakes for all other occasions ready in 24 hours, with no extra charge. 9557 Braddock Rd., Fairfax
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