Pittsburgh: Vanilla Pastry Studio

Vanilla Pastry Studio is a little sweet spot, tucked away in East Liberty, near Whole Foods market. The pretty-in-pink interior is not for the pastel-phobics out there, but it’s a fun place to sample Vanilla’s cupcakes which are the stars (they also sell brownies, muffins and cookies…). I’m not the biggest fan of the itsy bitsy cake, but the cupcakes are scrumptious.

There is a rainbow of flavours on offer, from the basic fruit, chocolate and vanilla, to seasonal creations such as pumpkin.  The quantity of buttercream frosting is a bit too much for me, but it’s light and delicious. The cakes themselves are moist and fluffy, but can sometimes disintegrate on you. My favourite is the chocolate and peanut butter – and I don’t even like peanut butter that much! There’s just something about the rich chocolate cake and peanut butter topping together.

From top left: coffee and chocolate, Red Velvet, pumpkin, raspberry, chocolate and peanut butter and chocolate at the end.

A comprehensive article covering quite a few of the bakeries in Pittsburgh.