With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about desserts. However, if you don’t want to do the baking, several options are available in southern San Luis Obispo County.
KK’s Gourmet Bundt Cakes
For a sweet treat that’s also a bit unique, check out KK’s Gourmet Bundt Cakes.
Owner Karen Phillips started out baking bundts for family and friends, a “hobby” that kept growing as the word spread.
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When orders starting coming in from people she didn’t even know, she figured it was time to turn her full-time hobby into a full-fledged business.
In 2006, she opened KK’s Gourmet Bundt Cakes in Arroyo Grande, and just recently expanded to a second location in Santa Maria.“It all started with a pecan praline, then a chocolate-ish one, then a lemon-ish one,” remembered Phillips. “Now we’ve got well over 32 flavors.”
The daily cake menu runs the gamut from butter rum to Black Forest, carrot cake to marble cake, banana nut to breakfast streusel.
All of the cakes are available in three sizes: a baby bundt for two people, a petite for six to eight, and a full-size bundt which will yield 12 to 16 slices.
For the holidays, KK’s Gourmet Bundt Cakes will also be adding flavors such as egg nog, white peppermint, and pumpkin spice to the lineup. In addition, you can special-order cakes to make sure you’ll have your favorite on hand.
“We’d like to have a couple days notice on orders,” said Phillips, “but we bake in small batches all day every day, so we can also handle some walk-ins, and we’ll be baking flavors like the pumpkin spice every day.”
Avila Valley Barn
For a more traditional holiday dessert, you can’t go wrong with the array of pies available at Avila Valley Barn.
Launched in 1985 as a one-table farm stand, it has grown into a destination known for you-pick produce, all manner of food-related gift items, ice cream, and baked items ranging from cobblers and crisps to scones and seasonal pies.
During the holidays, the favorite pie flavors are pecan, pumpkin, apple, cherry and olallieberry, said Cindy Blanchard, one of the Avila Valley Barn managers.
“We’ll start taking orders for Thanksgiving on Nov. 1,” she said, 0and urged everyone to get their orders in early because the baking capacity typically fills up within a couple of weeks.
Arroyo Grande Bakery
Holiday pies (with from-scratch crusts) are also available at Arroyo Grande Bakery, but that’s just the beginning at this full-service retail bakery that dates to 1956.
While the bakery prides itself on its wedding cakes and cakes with photo images made out of edible frosting, owner Chris Lossing and her crew also bake a host of festive goodies such as gingerbread cookies, yule logs, and cupcakes with seasonal and custom decorations.
If you want to decorate your own holiday cookies, Arroyo Grande Bakery can help with that as well — they’ll bake you a batch of plain, cut-out sugar cookies and supply you with the buttercream frosting.
Advance notice is always appreciated for custom orders or for large cookie batches, but Lossing noted that “I’ve even done a wedding cake in the same day. We’ll always do what we can.”