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wedding cake (pittsburgh)

quotidianus Sep 13, 2011 01:26 AM

standard silliness with fondant. looking for a bakery that has lovely tasting cake as well as being pretty and ornamental. i know i can go sampling but, really, i'd rather have three solid places from which to sample than run around to many places and get frustrated and disappointed.

i've been pointed toward: cakes by tammy, prantl's (though i haven't really been impressed with their baked goods), autumn's cakes, sweethouse, carlini's, oakmont, bethel, vanilla ... i have to say that a few of these seem more like pittsburgh institutions rather that really great bakeries.

any advice would be appreciated. we're having a rather small thing, so not overly concerned about the price. i just want a cake that tastes as beautiful as it looks (and vice-versa).

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    quotidianus Sep 14, 2011 06:00 AM

    now here's the funny part ... after some intense discussion last night, my partner and i have decided to elope to austin. so now i'm going to look for a bakery there. however, we will be hosting a reception here and now i have three places to try out! and, since there are some major upcoming events in my world over the next two years, it will be great to find a bakery on which i can rely!

    thanks so much!

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      meatmaster Sep 13, 2011 02:16 PM

      Jean Marc hands down. Unquestionably the finest cakes in Pitttsburgh:


      Jean Marc Chatelier
      213 North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15209

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      1. re: meatmaster
        Jay F Sep 13, 2011 04:37 PM

        Oh, yeah. I've heard they're the best from a number of people.

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          Burghfeeder Sep 14, 2011 05:41 AM

          I've only been to Jean Marc Chatelier a couple of times, but everything I've had is exceptional. This is my favorite bakery in the Pittsburgh area.


          Jean Marc Chatelier
          213 North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15209

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          k squared Sep 13, 2011 12:29 PM

          Vanilla or Sugar (in Dormont). Iv'e also heard good things about Pastries a la cart in the South Hills.

          1. chrisn Sep 13, 2011 12:20 PM

            I'd skip Bethel and Prantl's - they both seem to have hit a "we're so well-known we don't have to try" level. I've had wonderful experiences at Oakmont, though. No knowledge of the others.

            1. Jay F Sep 13, 2011 05:18 AM

              Of the ones you've listed, I would ask for a tasting at Vanilla Pastry. I don't know if they do fondant or not.

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