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International House of Holiday Cakes

Multiculti sweets to give, share, and savor, from stollen to struffoli.


1. Almondine Bakery’s chocolate bûche de Noël is that perfect blend of festive and fudgy, embedded with crunchy bits ($25; available by special order beginning November 27; 85 Water St., nr. Main St., Dumbo; 718-797-5026; 442 9th St., at Seventh Ave., Park Slope; 718-832-4606).

2. Grandaisy’s tortini di zenzero are small, but they pack an extra-gingery punch. Made of organic rye flour and sweetened with molasses, they’re gingerbread for grown-ups ($4 each; 73 Sullivan St., nr. Broome St.; 212-334-9435).

3. Even vegans deserve to splurge, and BabyCakes indulges them with the candy-cane icebox cake, a gluten-free chocolate treat slathered with coconut-oil-based mint frosting ($49; available December 5 by special order; 248 Broome St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-677-5047).

4. Most panettone you find is commercially made and imported from Italy, but Royal Crown bakes its own fragrant, airy, sugar-glazed version right here in Brooklyn ($4.50 per pound; 6512 Fourteenth Ave., nr. 65th St.; Bensonhurst; 718-234-1002).

5. The sweetest, most decadent of all holiday cakes has to be the Sicilian cassata: layers of rum-spiked sponge and rich ricotta encased in a thick marzipan shell ($23 at Villabate Pasticceria & Bakery, 7001 Eighteenth Ave., at 70th St., Bensonhurst; 718-331-8430).

6. Super-moist and delicious, Abraço’s olive-oil cake makes a great Hanukkah gift, and it won’t weigh you down like a plate of latkes ($27; order by e-mail at abracocakes@gmail.com; 86 E. 7th St., nr. First Ave.).

7. A lovely marzipan-topped fruitcake that defies all thoughts of regifting ($22 at Balthazar Bakery, available November 28; 80 Spring St., nr. Crosby St.; 212-965-1785).

8. The crunchy Sugar Pops–size fried dough balls called struffoli are bound together with Piedmontese honey. At Christmastime in Naples, they’re as ubiquitous as tourists in Rockefeller Center ($17.95 per pound at BuonItalia, 75 Ninth Ave., at 15th St.; 212-633-9090).

9. Somewhere between a yeast bread and a cake, German stollen is filled with dried fruit and nuts, dusted with sugar, and especially delicious with coffee ($20 at Café Sabarsky, 1048 Fifth Ave., at 86th St.; 212-288-0665).

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