We’re heading into the season of fall feasts and holiday gatherings. That means potlucks and picnics where you will be expected to show up with festive goodies to share. For some, the challenge of making delectable treats is their favorite part of the holiday season. For everyone else, it is a source of anxiety. Well, worry no more, because with these Irvine bakeries, you’ll be the star of any holiday get together. From bread to brownies, cookies to cakes, and pastries to pies, you’ll find treats that will have everyone make you what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Assal Pastry

When it comes to perfect French pastries, Assal Pastry should come to mind. Their creamy creations are a work of art. They bill themselves as Irvine’s “only Persian French Pastry Shop.” And with Assal meaning “honey” in Persian, you can bet their sweet treats are absolutely bursting with flavor. Their custom cakes are TV quality and the fresh fruit desserts are second to none. Next time you are tasked with bringing dessert, Assal should be your first stop.

Little Bakery OC

If you are looking for a stunning custom cake that will fit any theme, check out the Little Bakery OC. This adorable cake design business is actually just one woman working from her home in her spare time, yet her creations look like they could be in a museum. As this is a home company, there is no storefront to check out the works of Little Bakery, but her Instagram shows off the wonders she creates. Every cake is handmade and absolutely one-of-a-kind. To order a unique cake, check out the website.

Viktor Benes Bakery


Viktor Benes Bakery transports you to the cafes of Paris or Milan, bringing the rich heritage of European pastries to Irvine. They specialize in coffee cakes, pastries, danishes, and their most famous dessert, the Alligator. This snappy little treat is a coffee cake made with real butter and fresh eggs, along with crunchy pecans, all combined to make a tasty confection you won’t be able to get enough of. You’ll also find bread of all kinds and creamy gelato!

Try out one of these beautiful bake shops and satisfy your sweet tooth, all while becoming the hero of every holiday gathering! Be sure to share pictures of your baked goods with us on Facebook and Instagram. And follow our blog here for more Irvine recommendations!