Is it possible to say “I do” without the traditional wedding cake? The beribboned knife is at the ready, and the bride and groom gently grasp it so they can slice — a cupcake? No, no, could it be that the ubiquitous wedding cake has been replaced? Many couples are opting for cupcakes, cookies, whoopie pies and other personal favorites instead. And why should we be surprised? In this day and age of self-discovery and uniqueness, those time-honored traditions of the wedding ceremony are changing. If you live in and around Pittsburgh, you have a plethora of bakeries, cupcakeries and other options to help you say “I do” in a distinctive and personal way.
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6014 Penn Circle S.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
www.vanillapastry.comThe Vanilla Pastry Studio has become a tradition for many couples searching for a delectable sweet ending to their special day. They are the answer to everything from the traditional cake (in any flavor imagined) and everything else under the sun: dessert buffets, cookie tables, whoopie pies, dessert on a stick (a variety of your favorite desserts dipped in chocolate), etc. They also will do little coffee cakes or cupcakes in a box for the guests to take home as a reminder of the special event. From the cake or desserts for the engagement party to the choice of desserts for the wedding to the cake for the baby shower — Vanilla Pastry Studio makes all occasions special.
www.janescookiesonline.comA tradition in Western Pennsylvania is the cookie table, and that is Jane’s specialty. She has a long list of cookies she can make for weddings and works closely with the bride and groom to provide them with their favorites. She makes lovely sugar cookies decorated with the wedding colors and personalized for the couple. Whether you’re interested in the more traditional kinds, like chocolate chip, Hershey Kiss cookies, peanut butter, oatmeal, etc. or want creamy buckeyes dipped in chocolate, scrumptious Oreo balls in dark chocolate or cake balls to die for – Jane will make and deliver them to you. Plus, if you live within 25 miles of Jeanette, PA , delivery is free!
Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop
2124 Penn Ave.
www.pittsburghcandybuffet.comOne of Pittsburgh Candy Buffet’s specialties is to design a candy table themed exclusively for each bride and groom – highlighting their lives, how they met, what they enjoy. With over 1500 types of candy to choose from, the bride and groom can opt for one of the amazing candy tables or an old fashioned candy shop in which each guest can enter to fill their favor box as a memento of the event. If that isn’t enough, they can set up a S’more buffet. If you want to see your guests’ faces light up, here is the perfect thing to replace the wedding cake or to add to it. This is not only pure fun, but the presentation is spectacular! These candy buffets are show-stoppers and will add an extra layer of wow to your wedding.
www.chadschocolatefountains.comChad’s is the place to contact for fountains of fun at your wedding – don’t like champagne? Put margaritas in your fountain or chardonnay or a cocktail of your choice. You can accompany that with a chocolate fountain of cascading milk, dark, or white chocolate and a table filled with delectable goodies for dipping (strawberries, crème puffs, cookies, etc.) – the bride and groom can choose whatever they want for their special day. Chad’s employees, dressed in formal attire, will be on hand to make sure that the fountains are always flowing until the last guest leaves.
528 E. Ohio St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
www.prioryfinepastries.comWhether you are looking for a wedding cake of multiple tiers or a small cake as a centerpiece of a table of goodies, Priory is a perfect choice. This is a pastry shop that has done every type of goody you can imagine for weddings. From the cupcake tiers to cookie tables, from cheese cake pops to chocolate-dipped strawberries. Everything can be customized to the colors of the wedding and to the personalized tastes of the bride and groom. Looking for a table of éclairs and cannolis? How about all types of pies – from full sized pies to beautiful tarts? It’s all here!
Sherry Smith-Noble is a freelance writer covering all things Pittsburgh. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.