Baker Caroline Ragsdale Reutter grew up in the city of heavenly layer cakes, aka Charleston, South Carolina. So it’s no surprise that the cake she’s best known for—a seven-layer caramel confection—tastes as though it came straight from a Southern dessert buffet. Reutter ships that and a variety of other cakes—we also like coconut cloud and Southern chocolate—from her Annapolis headquarters, Caroline’s Cakes (888-801-2253;
Seven layers of caramel decadence from Caroline's Cakes in Annapolis.
If you’re giving chocolate as a gift, make it worth every calorie. Chocolaterie Wanders (866-792-6337;
Earl Grey-infused dark chocolate ganache from Chocolaterie Wanders in Manassas.