New Year Desserts

By Adrian Gerth

Thanksgiving and Christmas bring a lot of people together, inevitably creating a smorgasbord of different holiday foods. From turkey and pies to holiday hams and gingerbread cookies, these few months are filled with every taste you crave. The New Year is a good time to try out a new delicacy or return to an old favorite for a different perspective. Of course, a lot of resolutions will be made against eating anything too tasty, but if your sweet tooth is still tingling, there are quite a few bakeries nearby that can save you.

Proudly baking their wares with tender loving care, Willy’s Bakery at 21 Market Street in Wilmington mixes art and science in their ovens.  Holding an art degree from [insert] Willy was also trained by international sugar artist Julia Bashore and French pastry chef Deanis Blanco. From wedding cakes to dessert buffets and all else sweet you can dream up, Willy can craft your delicacies with a creativity that is promised to break the mold. They also take some of the guesswork out of your wedding day with free cake tastings, and you can use any flavors you want.

Those looking for something smaller will also be delighted with international and domestic favorites ranging from cannoli and baklava to fruit pies and handmade s’more tarts. Prices vary depending on the season and how much flavor you want packed into each bite, but you can treat yourself or an entire party to a wide array of sweets. Their menu can be found at, or you can call (910) 686-5007.

What happens when interior design and a sweet tooth meet? Hot Pink Cake Stand on 114 North Front Street features the artistic skills of interior design specialist Jody Carmichael, promising you a truly unique dessert experience. Opening in 2009 as a bakery, Carmichael quickly expanded by adding a full coffee bar, fine wines and craft beers to their menu. The main event, however, is still the cake. No matter what size, from mini cupcake to four-tiered wedding cake, each piece is guaranteed to be both delectable and beautiful. Depending on your filling, prices range from $30-$36 per dozen cupcakes, or $14-$18 for minis.

With a second location opening soon at 5543 Carolina Beach Road in Monkey Junction, Hot Pink Cake Stand can help you with everything from weddings and anniversaries to hosting your own party. You can come in and check out the daily pairing suggestions, or check it out on their website,  For those looking for a longer indulgence, you can book a private pairing party, perfect for a bridal shower or girls night out. Call (910) 343-4727 for more information or to place your order.

For a small town bakery with big taste, Burgaw Bakery can cater to every taste for any event you have. Located at 102 Fremont Street, they specialize in cakes for weddings, showers, and birthdays, the Bakery also fashions cupcakes and cookies for any day of the year. Basic flavors like chocolate, marble, and white almond are available all year long, with seasonal flavors like strawberry and coconut adding extra choices to indulge in. Any cake or sweet you can think of can be custom made, and the price only depends on your imagination. You can place your order at or give them a call at (910) 259-3859

At Turtle Crossing Cupcakes in Calabash, everyone can enjoy dessert, including the dog! Co-owners Anna Arlington and Kathy Cody live their vision of crafting the most delicious desserts with the finest ingredients. Custom cup or full sized cakes are good for any holiday, birthday, or other celebration and will delight everyone in the family. When your favorite four-legged friend has been good, or just wants a little bit more, Turtle Crossing’s pupcakes are baked especially for our furry friends, and might cause an old dog to learn a new trick! Turtle Crossing offers gluten free options for those with allergies. Along with the baked goods, the Sunset Slush Italian ice is a local favorite that will add a little fizz to your meal. You can check out their Facebook page, or give them a call (910) 579-1500. They have two locations, one in Calabash and one in North Myrtle Beach.

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