If you’re a regular reader of Pittsburgh Hot Plate, you probably know by now that I have a fondness for baked goods. Luckily, there are quite a few bakeries in and around the city, all of whom seem to have their own specialties. That being said, all pastries are not created equally. Quality ingredients, along with sound and consistent technique determine true pastry-excellence.
I recently had the chance to try some pastries from a bakery in Squirrel Hill run by a Mother/Daughter team by the name of The Cake and Cookie Spot. The large cookies from The Cake and Cookie Spot are visually stunning. Glossy ribbons of beautifully tempered, silky-smooth chocolate enrobed many of my cookie-samples. Other pastries on my tray were loaded with roasted nuts, mini M&Ms, and colorful sprinkles… no skimping on the good stuff here!
The cookies were deliciously moist, and flavorful. The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie was packed with chunks of delectable chocolate- at least 50 mini candy-coated bits adorned the Ultimate M&M cookie. The Ultimate Peanut Butter was one of my favorites, as was the Double Chocolate Oatmeal Raisin. Other choices include Classic Peanut Butter, Classic Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Sprinkle, Thumbprint, Turtle, Regular M&M, and Oatmeal Butterscotch. If you’re a cookie fan, chances are The Cookie and Cake Spot will have your favorite.
One of the more interesting items for purchase at The Cake and Cookie Spot are Cake Shots. What are cake shots? Well, imagine your favorite center-cut piece of cake served in a small plastic vessel with plenty of gooey icing and scrumptious toppings. These cake shots fit perfectly in your hand, and can easily be eaten on-the-go with no napkins! A small spoon fits perfectly inside the cake-filled cylinders… just make sure to get EVERY bit of the moist, delicious cake. My favorite was the Red-Velvet; a hint of cocoa and sweet icing made my taste buds jump for joy. Other choices include Café Mocha, Reese’s, Boston Cream, and Double Chocolate.
In addition to delicious cookies, cake shots, and other assorted pastries, The Cookie and Cake Spot serves fresh-brewed coffee, homemade cinnamon rolls, and muffins. It’s a perfect breakfast destination if you’re in search of something new.
If you’re planning a wedding, give Katie a call. She’ll suggest beautifully-decorated cupcakes, or a custom-made wedding cake. If you have a request that’s not on the menu, the owners will happily accommodate you, and help bring your pastry desires to fruition. For more information, check out their website here.
The Cookie and Cake Spot is one of the best Pittsburgh bakeries you may not have heard of yet. The amazing, fresh-baked treats created by talented pastry chefs will have you coming back for more!
Chef Chuck Kerber