?

Log in

pghveg

Review: Dozen Bakery, Squirrel Hill.

« previous entry | next entry »
Oct. 27th, 2009 | 11:43 am
posted by: rice_dream_girl in pghveg

Cross-posted to my journal.

Photobucket


My hunt for vegan cupcakes brought me to Pittsburgh's Dozen Bake Shop in Squirrel Hill. After having ridden the 9 or so miles into the city, including one particularly horrendous hill that was hard enough to walk up, let alone ride, I was relieved to find that Dozen does indeed sell one flavour of vegan cupcake per day, as well as two types of vegan cookies, and is open on Mondays. The flavour changes daily, and the autumn menu can be found here.

PhotobucketI ordered myself a vegan chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting, and a cup of coffee. While I was happy to see that soy milk was available, I would have much preferred a proper latte; a nicer drink would have made the eating-in experience even better. I guess that's not a real criticism though, as this is more a bakery with seating available rather than a café.

But on to the cupcake! I feel that some people may have been a little intimidated by the cupcake's proportions, being roughly equal in icing and cake, however the two complimented each other really well, and were appreciated by my sweet tooth. The chocolate cake itself was also quite light, though a little dry if not accompanied by frosting, however there was more than enough to be spread equally between bites. The vanilla frosting was sweet but not overpowering, and it was whipped up to be so fluffy that it melted in my mouth, without leaving a greasy aftertaste as can some vegan frostings. After finishing the cupcake, I felt satisfied but not sugared-out.


PhotobucketI also bought one of each of their vegan cookies to take home with me, though I only managed to get a photo of one of them. I'm not sure if these flavours are the same every day or if they change daily like the cupcakes do, but on Monday it was either ginger molasses or chocolate chip and pecan. Both were chewy and crunchy and tasted fresh.

Thankfully, the pricing was reasonable, at $2.50 per cupcake, $1.50 per cookie and no extra charge for vegan flavours or soy milk. The service was also great, and the lady who served me was very friendly and helpful. In the short time I spent there, she seemed to recognise many of the customers who came in, and I can see why they would come back regularly.

* * *


Finally, as a side note and a little bit of shameless self promotion, I will be selling vegan baked goods this coming Saturday (October 31st) at the new Indoor Flea Market and Craft Fair at the former Emma Kaufmann Clinic in Polish Hill. The address is 3028 Brereton St, and the event runs from 10am till 4pm. Come say hi, I'd like to meet more Pittsburgh vegans! :)


Link | Leave a comment | Share

Comments {4}

Hey starlet

(no subject)

from: freakshownia
date: Oct. 27th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Link

I love Dozen! They just recently started having vegan cupcakes every day - a couple weeks go they only had them 3 days a week. The cookies are the same every day. To deal with the massive amount of frosting, I slice the bottom off the cupcake and then put half of the frosting on it. So it's like two cupcakes for the price of one =)

Edited at 2009-10-27 04:34 pm (UTC)

Reply | Thread

Girlfriend in a sugar coma.

(no subject)

from: rice_dream_girl
date: Oct. 27th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Link

Yeah, the lady behind the counter said it was a new, autumn menu thing, I said it was great news! That's a very good way of dealing with the icing, I like that idea :) Have you tried out Coco cupcakes yet? That was where i was initially heading, but they're closed on Mondays, bah!

Reply | Parent | Thread

Hey starlet

(no subject)

from: freakshownia
date: Oct. 27th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Link

I haven't heard of Coco Cupcakes, where is that?

Reply | Parent | Thread

Dean J

(no subject)

from: talldean
date: Oct. 28th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
Link

Ellsworth Avenue, near the Harris Grill.

Reply | Parent | Thread