Festive desserts: 6 holiday treats to try in the UAE

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Stacie Overton Johnson

Magnolia Bakery

Choose from array of beautiful festive cupcakes that will make perfect gifts for friends and family. Choose from vanilla or chocolate, both with vanilla buttercream icing and Christmas ­decorations.

Dh19 each; www.magnoliabakery.com

Firin Gluten-Free Bakery

The Abu Dhabi-based shop has designed cupcakes and cookies for a gluten-free Christmas. The cupcakes come in vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, carrot and marble flavours, with cream and fondant icing. The cookies are available in chocolate chip, peanut butter and date flavour.

Cupcakes are Dh18; cookies are Dh7. Call 02 447 1711

Gossip Cafe & Desserts

The cafe has delicious gingerbread men as well as gingerbread houses available all through the month.

Gingerbread house, Dh325; gingerbread man, Dh25 or Dh40 for two. Boxpark, Dubai 04 343 0181; The Galleria, Abu Dhabi 02 677 7520; Matajer, Sharjah 06 545 5959


We love the red-velvet brownies from this delivery-only service. Also available: a stunning snowflake cake, and Sunken Santas – white chocolate macadamia cupookies with banana cream custard and coconut flakes.

Dh15 for a red velvet brownie; Dh150 for the snowflake cake. Call 800 SUGAR; sugarmoo.com


The bakery has a range of beautiful seasonal cupcakes on offer, each topped with elaborate, edible festive shapes.

Available for pre-order from today until December 31. Dh16 each; ilovebloomsburys.com

Paul Bakery

Paul Bakery’s elegant La Vanille Framboise is made with vanilla sponge, vanilla buttercream, raspberry filling and white chocolate, and serves eight to 10.

Orders 48 hours in advance. Dh139. Available in Dubai, Sharjah, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and Fujairah; www.facebook.com/PAUL1889.arabia