How Sweet It Is

Consider options aplenty for your wedding-day dessert spread, from mini-cupcakes to candy buffets to fondant-covered tortes.


Pittsburgh Candy Buffet

Pick a theme: Whether it’s all about childhood favorites, such as Mike and Ikes, or something original, guests can stuff custom favor boxes from your spread’s choices. 412/212-8549,; or coordinate details at Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop, 2124 Penn Ave., Strip District; 412/499-3700,

Bella Christie & Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique

These “sugar fairies” conjure some of the cutest, smallest wedding-day highlights, including candy kabobs, truffle pops and bundles of cotton candy. 213 Commercial Ave., Aspinwall; 412/772-1283,


To indulge the happy couple: Applelicious coats apples in caramel before hand-dipping in chocolate. Purchase bride and groom varieties together as gifts for guests, DJs, photographers and others. 415 W. Main St., Carnegie; 412/279-5272,



Sweet Bites

Long ago, Pittsburghers laid claim to the cookie table. In many families, elders break out their best recipes. Other clans don’t have time or hands for bake-a-thons. Enter Sweet Bites, Diane Stewart’s company that specializes in all the classics. 412/889-3823,



Save the Date Cakes

Tina Gdovic wows with custom creations, unique fondant layers and designs, and wedding-appropriate flavors such as Champagne. Be sure to place orders a few months in advance, and don’t forget about groom cakes.,


The shop’s tiered cakes remind us that gluten- and casein-free goods are delicious — and gorgeous. Use the Cake Builder to customize your torte: Select the number of layers, fillings and batter flavors such as pumpkin and almond, and note any dietary restrictions. 1923 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/521-4890,

Vanilla Pastry Studio

April Gruver Simpson creates lollys or cake pops by melting chocolate to cover centers of cheesecake and custard; favorites are raspberry and passionfruit cheesecake. 1130 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square; 412/242-9820,

Le Cupcake Shoppe

These signature goods add a boost of color to your treat table. Owner Alexandra Hagen and her mom bake mini-cupcakes in a multitude of flavors, including toasted almond raspberry. 109 Capital Ave., Brookline; 412/254-4295,

Photos by Laura Petrilla

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