Sugar Rush: Pittsburgh Bakeries Showcase Wedding Cookies, Cupcakes, & Cake Pops
Sweeten up your celebration with delicious desserts. Creative cookies, cupcakes, and cake pops are taking after-dinner offerings to scrumptious heights!
By Nicole Barley | Photographs by Cayla Zahoran | Styling by Allie Wist
Matching cupcake and “cutting cake” combination from Prantl’s Bakery.
We’re revisiting the beloved Burnt Almond Torte from Prantl’s Bakery, this time, in cupcake form. Pretty, shimmery pastel icing tops off a layer of sugared almonds and yellow cake, which can be enhanced with vanilla pastry cream filling. Present the single-serving treats on the dessert table, or replace a tiered cake with a cascade of cupcakes for a standout style that’s simple to serve. If you’d rather keep a cake on the table, the bakers at Prantl’s suggest coordinating the cupcakes with a small ceremonial cutting cake for a double dose of deliciousness, as pictured here. “We can preserve romance and tradition and create a great photo op for the bride and groom with a cutting cake that reflects their taste and style,” says Prantl’s co-owner Lara Bruhn.
In Pittsburgh, the name Mediterra is typically associated with fresh, rustic bread, but did you know the bakery also offers pastries, wedding cakes, and a wide array of custom-designed sweets through its sister company, Mediterra Bakehouse? Pastry Chef Aundrea Ambeliotis crafted this beautiful collection of lemon, vanilla, and glitter-infused sweets, ideal for a non-traditional collection of dessert offerings. Indulge in sugar cookies with royal icing; vanilla cake pops; vanilla cupcakes with lemon buttercream, candied lemon, 24-karat gold sugar, and meringue; and lemon bars with pine nut shortbread crust, topped with white chocolate and 24-karat gold leaf.
What’s a better late-night snack than cookies and milk? Before sending guests home, dish out some end-of-reception sweets. Doreen Valentine, owner of Dozen Bake Shop, suggests serving milk “shots” with the tote-able treats — after the cookies are baked (shown here: cinnamon-sugary Snickerdoodles and chocolate chip), small holes are made to accommodate straws for sipping and easy, one-handed carrying. Another clever dessert idea? Tiered sugar cookie stacks that look like wedding cakes, “tied” with icing in the shape of ribbon, as seen below. Wrap them up for favors, or serve them instead of cake slices.
Dozen Bake Shop created these cookie stacks in the shape of wedding cakes.