My oven is on the blink, which is both an inconvenience and a relief — the latter meaning I have a perfectly legit excuse for avoiding the holiday-baking madness.
But if I'm so inclined to make a sweet contribution, I do have options, including a Buche de Noel from La Baguette.
The cakes come in two sizes (large for $37.50, and small for $25) and two flavors ( raspberry Grand Marnier and double chocolate).
I was told cakes should be ordered by this weekend in order to have it for Christmas. Call 458-0900 for information, or visit the bakery at 3088 Poplar.
Cafe Palladio is also offering whole cakes from its menu, including layer cakes (caramel, red velvet, strawberry, and chocolate made by Sugarees or the house-made coconut cake) for $40. Call 278-0129 and ask for Holly or Jennifer for more information or visit them at 2169 Central.
You can serve them on these colorful stands, which can also be used to serve dip. They run $35 for the small and $80 for the large.