A self-proclaimed sculpture-cake confectioner, Sweetest Desserts rolls out a menu filled with fresh batches of hand-decorated and artfully crafted cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts. Using quality ingredients, the bakery creates a variety of custom cupcakes ($12.50/dozen), which are available in more than 25 base flavors, such as classic crisp vanilla, decadent mocha crunch, and moist southern red velvet. Optional fillings ($2.25/dozen) include chocolate ganache, lemon cream, and va va vanilla mousse. Fresh, succulent strawberries are drizzled and dressed in milk, dark, and white chocolate before being accessorized with nuts and coconut shavings ($19.95 for 18), and tasty tartlets ($13.95/dozen) are stuffed with apples, berries, and white chocolate mousse before they sashay across your mouth’s red carpet. Customers can either visit the bake shop in person or opt for delivery, which is available to Pittsburgh and surrounding areas within a 50-mile radius for an additional fee of $6 to $11.
The sugar-savvy staff of The Gingerbread Shop furnishes holiday crafters with the oodles of candied accouterments needed to create their own delectable gingerbread domiciles, hosts candy-filled gingerbread-house-building workshops, and constructs premade edible abodes for sweets enthusiasts. Customers may opt to have a customized handmade gingerbread house shipped directly to their homes or to a loved one in all its royal-icing-bound and decorated domesticity. The house can grace your holiday table, be gifted to the acquisitions intern, or serve as a home for errant glazed hams. Each handcrafted house can be customized, allowing meticulous house builders to add a name, date, or Lilliputian real-estate appraiser to each delectable creation. Alternatively, in preparation for each one-hour gingerbread-house workshop, participants settle into the festive shop environs before settling down to embellish houses with a cornucopia of delicious items including red hots, mints, sprinkles, gumdrops, and candy-framed mortgage-payment checks. Royal icing in an array of hues binds walls and roofs together, and punch, cookies, and Christmas music twinkling in the background enhance the nostalgic and festive experience.
Since 1981, TCBY has been synonymous with frozen yogurt. The company spearheaded the guiltless consumption of low-fat, chilled dairy treats with iconic flavors such as white chocolate mousse topped with fresh fruit and candy. Today, TCBY yogurt shops across the country continue the tradition with classic and specialty flavors such as caramel supreme, greek honey vanilla, and sugar- and fat-free mountain blackberry. Each flavor contains seven different probiotics, has only 120 calories per four ounces, and contains vitamins A, D and calcium, along with three grams of fiber.
Operated by the same family for nearly 90 years, the ovens at Keystone Bakery fire up fresh, preservative-free treats every day according to a catalog of more 1,000 family recipes for breads, pies, and cakes. Blackberry pies pack in bushels of berries from Oregon and Washington ($7.99), and each caramel-apple-walnut pie ($7.50) mixes White House apples with nuts cracked by reliable Secret Service interrogation tactics. Other sweets such as the toasted-almond-whipped-cream cake ($12.09) or mini cream rolls ($10.49/24) close out holiday meals on a decadent note. The powerful aroma of fresh-baked french or marble-rye bread ($2.59+/loaf) drifts throughout both bakeries, triggering nostalgic sense memories of peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and chalk circles etched on sidewalks. Those ordering pies should call the bakery at least 24 hours in advance to make sure crusted pastries are armed for spontaneous food fights.
Sister baking duo Kristin and Kadee grew up learning to bake their grandmother’s toothsome homemade cakes, cookies, and desserts, and they opened their own bakery to spread the sugar love. Their menu changes monthly, but customers always find treats made fresh daily such as almond torte, boston cream pie, and truly elaborate cupcakes. Coffee is also served in this quaint pink-and-brown painted bakery.
The proudly independent family crew that runs The Pittsburgh Bagel Factory brings the same commitment to tasty food and early-rising work ethics that made their bagels a local staple to their new Craig St. location. After baking their bagels, which include everything from savory onion to multigrain wildberry, the kitchen staff puts them to work, schmearing them with cream cheese concoctions or sandwiching them with deli meats including oven-roasted turkey and kosher salami. Custom blends of eggs, morning meats, and cheese gussy up handheld comestibles, while burgers flip from sizzling grills to challah buns dressed with toppings ranging from grilled onions and mushrooms to fried eggs and peach barbecue sauce. Staff also pull shots of espresso to add to steaming mugs that vanquish sleepiness from faces.