Toronto’s top celebrity bakers face off in the ultimate Christmas showdown

We asked three of the city’s top glam bakers to share their most festive, show-stopping Christmas creations and they didn’t disappoint! From delectable holiday-infused biscuits to a macaron tower reminiscent of a Christmas tree, these lip-smacking treats are almost too pretty to eat.

Buddy Valastro

Cannoli cake from Carlo’s Bakery

To celebrate the season, “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro has been up to his elbows in cake mix and frosting in order to bring you a selection of the most delicious sweet treats. Wow your guests with the cookie-inspired cannoli cake ($29.99), filled with Carlo’s signature cannoli cream, layered with light and fluffy vanilla sponge and covered with festive sprinkles and cannoli shell pieces. There’s also a selections of gingerbread and fondant sugar cookies ($5.99) adorned with a selection of the most adorable polar bear, penguin or snowman. To sweeten the holidays a little bit more, three holiday cupcakes decked out in festive decorations (Santa hat, Christmas tree, snowflake) and topped with a luscious vanilla buttercream are available for $5.99. 24 Bellair St.

Nadège Nourian

Macaron tower from Nadège Patisserie

Pastry chef extraordinaire Nadège Nourian never disappoints,and her macaron tower in the shape of a delightful Christmas tree, is no exception. Available in four sizes with prices ranging from $175 to $850, the delicious French cookies are filled with layers of flavoured buttercream, ganache or jam. The famed T.O. patisserie has also added four Christmas desserts to its menu with each more insta- worthy than the last. First up is the holiday mendiant chocolate tree ($22), adorned with almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts and candied fruit. Next up, Santa’s Workshop ($38) is made with milk, dark and white chocolate. A Classy Affair ($55) is a modern bûche made with the most decadent flavours like vanilla mousse and chocolate whipped ganache Last, but not least, Nadège’s limited-edition snow globe ($85) features Santa and his reindeers flying over the Toronto skyline. Multiple locations including 494 Bloor St. W.

Craig Pike

Craig’s Cookies Holiday Mix

These aren’t your boring old chocolate chip cookies! This year, Craig Pike is kicking off the holidays with a heaping selection of Christmas- themed cookies. The 2022 Holiday Mix includes seven exquisite festive flavours, including candy cane shortbread, cranberry bliss, holiday M&M’s, Terry’s Chocolate Orange, gingerbread white chocolate and mint brownie. The cookies are available at all of Craig’s Cookies’ five GTA locations. If you don’t live in the Toronto area or you’d like to spoil some lucky friends and family members with a delicious holiday gift, you’re in luck — national shipping is available! The Holiday Mix is $16.50 for a half-dozen box or $32 for a full dozen. Multiple locations across the city including 1581 Bayview Ave.

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