As Thanksgiving approaches, the thought of prepping a turkey with all the fixings for your holiday celebration is likely already on your mind. But here's one thing you can be thankful for on Cape Cod: the large number of amazing local bakeries who can take the dessert preparation off your plate.

Here's where you can go for Thanksgiving desserts that are sure to wow your guests. Just remember to place your bakery orders soon and early - as you likely won't be the only one in on this little secret!

The Casual Gourmet is well known on Cape Cod for catering weddings and functions, but they can just as easily step in to take over your Thanksgiving dessert planning. Their old-fashioned mile-high apple pie, bourbon pumpkin pie and turkey-themed cakes will make your holiday table even more festive. And if you're willing (and ready) to relinquish the full menu planning, they can also cater a full meal, from fresh-roasted turkeys and sausage-apple stuffing right down to the whipped butternut squash.

Centerville Pie Company in Centerville has been enthusiastically endorsed by even the likes of Oprah, and there's good reason. Their savory chicken pie is a favorite, but their delectable dessert menu features a long list of homemade pies that will leave your mouth watering - everything from pumpkin, apple and cranberry-apple to coconut, strawberry rhubarb and chocolate cream.

For a mix of sweets that extend beyond traditional pies, stop in to Hot Chocolate Sparrow in Orleans for some exquisite hand-dipped chocolate. Be warned: the smell of their signature fudge and turtles will put your willpower to the test on the car ride home, daring you not to nibble while stopped at traffic lights.

You won't exactly be lying when you tell Thanksgiving guests that the pastries, apple fritters and gourmet pies they're enjoying from Hole In One Bakery & Coffee Shop in Eastham are homemade. They are, of course (just not by you)! They're made fresh daily at this family-run shop, and the glorious smells greeting you at the door are proof of that. While there, pick up some of Hole in One's homemade donuts to munch on as you prepare your Thanksgiving feast.

Cupcake Charlie’s in Falmouth and Mashpee bake their award-winning gourmet cupcakes fresh each day. One of our favorite flavors, Grammy's Carrot Cup, is available year-round, while other specialties like the delectabe Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream only make an appearance in autumn. You can also find a selection of gluten-free treats, too.

White Lion Baking Company in Mashpee specializes in healthy and decadent grain-free and gluten-free desserts and baked goods. Place your order early to beat the holiday lines and ensure you have plenty of scones, pies, cakes and savory items on your Thanksgiving table. For those that live off Cape Cod, you can order online for home delivery.

The Hyannis haven for French pastries and perfectly baked bread is also a popular option for holiday sweets and Thanksgiving rolls. Pain D'Avignon Café & Bakery is famous for flaky croissants, and they also offer turnovers, cookies, scones and brownies. Be sure to bring home an extra loaf of sourdough, brioche or a dozen other varieties of bread for day-after turkey & gravy sandwiches.

PB Boulangerie & Bistro in Wellfleet does double duty, as both a French-influenced bistro and one of the area's most beloved bakeries. Choose from cream puffs, eclairs, tarts, and cookies made from scratch, in addition to crusty breads and rolls.

Mashpee's Washashore Bakery is a go-to for decadent sticky buns, pies, cupcakes and even homemade pop-tarts. They amp up the pie production for Thanksgiving, with options including pumpkin, apple, cherry, apple cranberry and chocolate cream.

Far Land Provisions is a not-so-secret gem in Provincetown. Their pies - including apple, pumpkin, pecan, fall fruit and chocolate cream - are a favorite with those who would rather pick up dessert than bake it.

The Chocolate Rose in Mashpee is best known for awe-inspiring wedding and themed cakes, but they also make a wide range of decadent desserts, including tasty pies and pumpkin tiramisu. Thanksgiving cakes and cookie platters can be seasonally decorated in anything from white pumpkins and mums to fall wreaths - a 3-D pumpkin cake is even an option!

Again, don't wait - book your Thanksgiving bakery orders early so you (and your guests) aren't disappointed!