Cupcakes N'At is where yinz go for taste of Pittsburgh
By Kellie B. Gormly
Published: Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 5:25 p.m.
Updated: Thursday, May 10, 2012
A new little bakery in Bridgeville is serving many kinds of cupcakes that have one heavy flavor in common: anything Pittsburgh-ey.
Cupcakes N'At, which opened March 3 in the former European Desserts, sells a dozen different kinds of cupcakes a day, each with a Pittsburghese name: the "Yinzer" and the "Dahntahn" Classic, for instance. The names go well with the bakery's title.
Sisters Tamie Godfrey and Billie Jo Giehll, South Hills natives, wanted to celebrate the uniqueness of their hometown, and go into business for themselves. After watching many cupcake-themed shows on television, the sisters decided to pursue baking and selling the trendy little confections.
"We've always been interested in owning our own business and everything just kind of fell into place," says Godfrey, 42, of Scott.
Cupcakes N'At -- with hot-pink-and-black decor, and a pink flamingo in the window -- has a cheery atmosphere and makes happy customers, she says.
"It's so much fun," Godfrey says. "We have the best customers in the world. You walk in with a big smile on your face.
"We have people slowing down when they pass the store ... looking in and waving," she says.
Cupcakes usually available daily include the best-selling "Monkey Dump," a chocolate and banana cake with a peanut butter icing; the "Dahntahn" Classic, with chocolate cake and vanilla buttercream icing; the "Chocolate Canipshun," with chocolate cake and chocolate icing; the "Studda-Bubba," with vanilla cake and vanilla buttercream icing; the "Yinzer," with vanilla cake and chocolate buttercream frosting; and the "Red Dog," with red velvet chocolate cake and cream cheese icing.
Other cupcakes usually available include the "Fancy Schmancy," a chocolate cake with peanut butter filling and a chocolate ganache icing; the "CarNaygee Coconut," a lime-tinged vanilla cake topped with coconut icing and shredded coconut pieces; the "Sumpin' real good," with chocolate cake and Oreo buttercream icing; and the "That's It, Fort Pitt" with chocolate cake and a salted caramel filling topped with a salted caramel buttercream frosting. Finally, the "Redd up" vows to make yinzers lick the plate clean with its strawberry cake and graham cracker bottom, topped with cream cheese icing.
The bakery also offers more than a dozen special-order cupcakes, one of which is available as a rotating weekly schedule. The special cupcakes include the "Slippy Apple," the Raspberry "Rolly Coaster," and the "Nebby Neighbor." The "N'At" part of the bakery are cookies and other sweets like chocolate-covered marshmallows. Chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies are available every day, and others, like snickerdoodles, rotate.
On Cinco De Mayo, the bakery served special margarita cupcakes. On Saturdays, when the store often sells up to 80 dozen cupcakes by 4 p.m., customers can try their hands at cupcake decorating.
Cupcakes cost $1.75 each, $10 for a half-dozen, and $19 for a dozen. Cookies are 75 cents each, $4 for a half dozen, and $8 for a dozen. Special orders for cupcakes require 24-hour notice and a minimum of one dozen.
What makes cupcake bakeries, with fancy mini-cakes, so special and popular?
"You're getting a homemade baked good ... like grandma used to make," Godfrey says. "It tastes like something you baked at home compared to stuff you get at the grocery store. ... I think people really like that.
"I think they taste like something somebody put time and effort into and made," she says. "We tell everybody that we don't have calories in our cupcakes; just love."
Sure. We'll take that.
Cupcakes N'At, 344 Station St., Bridgeville, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, or until sold out for the day. Details: 412-221-4800 or www.cupcakesnat.com .
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