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Five dazzling desserts for your holiday feast (and, shh, they're store-bought)

DIY is wonderful almost every day of the year, but when it's time to stop the show with a gorgeous dessert, forget homemade. Outsourcing can be a beautiful thing, especially when you have professionals across the country standing by to fulfill your sweetest Christmas wish.

Sweet tree

Crack open this unique chocolate sculpture and gather up the delicious sun-dried Okanagan cherry and Marcona almond pebbles hidden inside. Christmas Tree from Beta5 in Vancouver. $50. 604-669-3336,

The royal treatment

Made from puff pastry and almond frangipane paste, this Galette des Rois has a couple of ceramic tiles baked inside. Find one and you’re king or queen for the night. Galette des Rois from Duchess Bakeshop in Edmonton. $24. 780-488-4999,

Yule never look back

A modern take on the yule log your mom struggled with, this one is made with lime cream, wild strawberry coulis and a light mascarpone mousse. Tendance Rouge from Nadège in Toronto. $42. 416-368-2009,
Étienne Marquis

Peak performance

Elegant and snowy white, this cake seems simple until you cut into it and find layers of almond dacquoise, vanilla marscarpone, chestnut-rum cream and ligonberry compote. Mont Blanc cake from Patisserie Rhubarbe in Montreal. $50. 514-903-3395,

Cake with a kick

Made alongside the harbour that once brought millions of barrels of illicit cargo to the East Coast, this golden pound cake is soaked in Cape Breton rum and history. Topped with pecans and coconut. Original Rum Cake from Rum Runners in Halifax. $21.95. 1-866-440-7867,

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