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ecs3722 Nov 7, 2008 07:55 AM

Looking for feedback on great bakeries or caterers that provide a variety of choices for specialty desserts. My parents are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary in December and my siblings and I are planning a small party. I would love to find something other than run of the mill cake to serve for dessert.

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  1. goldy12 RE: ecs3722 Nov 7, 2008 03:50 PM

    I generally go to Prantl's (Shadyside) for my bakery needs. I've liked everything I've tried there. I had a coworker get cupcakes from Vanilla Pastry Studio on Centre Ave. for a baby shower and RAVED about them. I haven't tried them yet.

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      Davecli RE: goldy12 Nov 8, 2008 08:24 AM

      I'll second the vote for Prantl's.

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      1irishlass RE: ecs3722 Nov 9, 2008 11:19 AM

      Prantl's Almond torte is the way to go. You can't go wrong with anything from there ! Also... The French Tart (unsure of locations... but I know there is more than one.) They have regular size goodies as well as nice "little" pies/cakes for one or two to share. YUM!

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        Panini Guy RE: ecs3722 Nov 9, 2008 02:16 PM

        If you wanted to go with the Pittsburgh cookie table tradition, Annamarie's is excellent.

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          k squared RE: ecs3722 Nov 9, 2008 02:56 PM

          The French Tart has locations in Mt. Lebanon and PPG Place. I've only had their quiche, so can't comment on desserts.

          I'll second Vanilla Pastry Studio. They recently moved to East Liberty, next to Kelly's Bar, near Whole Foods. Prantl's is located nearby on Walnut Street, so it would be a nice afternoon of taste-testing.

          There is also a French bakery in Millvale (?) which is supposed to be good. I forget the name...I think Marc is in it.

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            addiegirl RE: ecs3722 Nov 9, 2008 07:19 PM

            I know it's an institution, but I've generally been unimpressed with Prantl's.

            Vanilla has fantastic cupcakes, so I'd trust their cakes to be good as well. They have some samples in the shop that look beautiful.

            Food Glorious Food is sort of a neighborhood secret - their bakery is only open on Saturdays, and everything I've gotten there has been unbelievably good. I know they do custom orders, so it's worth a call - http://www.foodgloriousfoodonline.com/

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              MaxPgh RE: ecs3722 Nov 11, 2008 01:13 PM

              The French Bakery in Millvale (off Route 28, north of the Allegheny River) is Jean-Marc Chatellier's Bakery (http://www.jeanmarcchatellier.com/) -- fantastic! We got our wedding cake there ~10 years ago, and attended a wedding 2 weeks ago with another of his cakes.

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                sg1136 RE: ecs3722 Nov 13, 2008 07:49 AM

                You might try the Party Cake Shop - they have locations in Brookline (Brookline Blvd.) and Mt. Lebanon (Beverly Road). I recently purchased a rum cake for a special occasion and it was a huge hit...I believe they are special order only. They also have burnt almond tortes that are as good or better than Prantl's. I have also taken their individual carrot cakes, petit fours and other treats to friends' and relatives homes and they've been devoured. And I get my daughter's birthday cake there every year!

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                  geecka RE: ecs3722 Nov 15, 2008 02:20 PM

                  Well, Prantl's has been properly praised, so I'll make some other suggestions. (Prantl's certainly deserves said praise, but it's definitely not the only bakery in town.)

                  Oakmont bakery's burnt almond torte blows Prantl's out of the water, IMO. If that's what you're thinking of, go with Oakmont. On other baked goods, Prantl's edges them out, but if you want burnt almond torte - go Oakmont. It used to be less expensive, as well.

                  Jean-Marc Chatellier does some pretty good pastries as well, but he has a reputation for being less than pleasant and closes for a couple of weeks at some point in the spring, I believe.

                  (We haven't lived full-time in Pittsburgh in years, so all of this info is assuming it hasn't changed.)

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                    42duffy RE: geecka Nov 16, 2008 06:22 AM

                    Please do yourself the favor of at least stopping by, taste testing and considering
                    Jean Marc's. I've never dealt with him on a one to one basis so don't know about his possible less-than-pleasant tendencies. However, give him credit for suffering through 2 floods and bouncing back both times. Perhaps some slack is deserved under the category of "artist temperment"! Plus you can grab breakfast or lunch at the Millvale Pamela's location.

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                      WannyLovesPitt RE: 42duffy Nov 21, 2008 09:00 AM

                      Totally agree, Jean Marc's is a great bakery, definitely worth a try. Cakes and pastires are very, very good. His bread is as well, different than most of the breads from Breadworks and Mediterra in that its very light and airy. No disrespect to the French Tart but it doesn't compare at all to Jean Marc's.

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                      Daveman84 RE: geecka Nov 20, 2008 06:26 AM

                      I have to second Oakmont. Everything we've gotten from there (especially the Oakmonter which is an unholy union of cake, cheesecake, and fudge which redefinies decadent) has been delicious. If you're looking for fudge/chocolate I don't think they can do any wrong. We've also realy enjoyed their lady locks, carrot cake, and napoleons.

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