Holidays are a great time for family, traditions and, of course, sweet treats.

Ahwatukee is fortunate to have two local bakeries that offer a wide variety of delectable desserts for any holiday occasion. Whether the desserts are for gifts, decorations or self-indulgence, both Something Sweet Bakery and Nothing Bundt Cakes can satisfy your holiday sweet tooth.

Something Sweet Bakery, a relatively new shop in the Foothills, at 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., offers a wide variety of small treats for this holiday season.

"We specialize in small desserts, éclairs, napoleons, cannolis, and tarts are one of our No. 1 sellers," said Tina Damon, baker and owner of the sweet shop.

For the holidays though, Something Sweet brings a variety of larger desserts to the table. The bakery will offer a variety of pies like caramel apple, pumpkin, and chocolate cream until the end of November. All pies are made to order and are made from scratch.

Damon wanted to keep things traditional by also incorporating cookies and pies into her shop that have been in her family for many years.

"For the Christmas season we are doing sugar cookie trees," Damon said. "These treats will bring that homemade family feel to any celebration."

While Something Sweet Bakery will offer a variety of treats for the holidays, another Foothills bakery has perfected the Bundt cake.

Nothing Bundt Cakes, 4722 E. Ray Road, Suite 14, offers a pumpkin spice flavor for the holiday season, which is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

"All through November we do our signature pumpkin spice cake, which goes super fast," owner Rocky Rebert said. "And then to spice things up a little for December, we put chocolate chips in the pumpkin spice batter."

Nothing Bundt Cakes offers five other flavors of cakes for the holidays: chocolate, chocolate chip, red velvet, lemon, and white chocolate raspberry. They also offer an assortment of cake sizes to fit any occasion.

There is a 10-inch cake that serves 18, an 8-inch that serves eight, single-serving Bundtlets and little Bundtinis are sold by the dozen.

"We use the phrase, ‘Gather round the cakes,' and there is ‘Something for the whole family,'" Rebert said. "The cakes create an experience and are always a hit at any party or gathering."

Ahwatukee resident Nancy Shelton swears by the Bundt cakes for the holiday season.

"They are so good, probably too good," she said. "I have bought them for gifts and had them for just about every holiday occasion."

Both bakeries will have sweets available for purchase in their stores, but for larger, more specific orders it is always a good thing to call ahead.

"Everything I bake has a meaning," Damon said. "Holiday desserts always bring that homemade family feel to any celebration or occasion."

While looking for that homemade, traditional feel this season, don't overlook the meaning behind baked goods and sweet creations for the holidays. For more information, reach Something Sweet Bakery at (480) 332-5196, or Nothing Bundt Cakes at (480) 753-1121.

• Haley Buntrock is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a sophomore at Arizona State University.

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