Photo: The Pop Cakery
Support local businesses while keeping kids busy. These bakeries found creative ways to keep their shops open with a fun add-on option to your curbside bread pickup. These DIY kits for kids provide entertaining activities, plus yummy treats at the end of each project. Quarantine never tasted so good!
1. The Pop Cakery
The Pop Cakery in Squirrel Hill is offering two types of DIY cookie kits. The cookie decorating kit includes 12 cookies, colorful icing and a variety of fancy sprinkles for $30. The paint-your-own kit includes six large cookies to watercolor paint with icing for $8. Choose from Jewish-themed scenes or go with designs like an ice cream sundae or a rocket ship. Place your order via Facebook messenger, send an email to [email protected] or call 904-703-8620. Pickup time will be determined upon order. The Pop Cakery provides free porch dropoff for locals, as well as shipping for those out of the neighborhood.
2. Le Cupcake Shoppe
Alexandra Coccaro, the principal baker at Le Cupcake Shoppe, was inspired to offer Mini Cupcake Decorating Kits to uplift kids’ spirits at this confusing time. The $15 kits include a dozen cupcake minis, half chocolate and half vanilla, along with three packs of decorations and a piping bag of the shop’s famous buttercream icing. Gluten-free options are available; all foods are nut-free. Place your order in advance via Facebook messenger, email [email protected] or call 412-254-4295. Curbside pickup runs from noon-3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.
3. Sugar & Spice
Family-owned Sugar & Spice in Baldwin ups the ante with a bake-your-own Sugar Cookie Kit that includes a 2-pound cookie mix (just add water to make 3-4 dozen cookies), a tub of icing, four containers of sprinkles, and two cookie cutters. There’s a DIY Chocolate Kit, too. Savor the treats made from microwaveable milk chocolate, a chocolate mold and sticks for chocolate pops. Mold themes include flowers, sports and emojis. Try decorative touches like edible googly eyes, baseballs and flowers. Cookie Kits are $20 and Chocolate Kits are $15. Call 412-882-7326 to order and allow at least 30 minutes before pick up.
4. Peace, Love, and Little Donuts
Peace, Love, and Little Donuts in Baldwin offers a donuts-decorating kit for kids. You’ll find a dozen donuts, cups of chocolate and vanilla icing, plus four packs of scrumptious bits like rainbow sprinkles, Oreo crumbles, M&Ms and Fruity Pebbles. Order the $20 kits for pickup or delivery at 412-595-7430 or online here and allow 30 minutes to 1 hour for pickup. Need milk? Add a bottle of chocolate or white to your order. Sweet!
5. Short & Sweet Cookie Company
Thing spring! Short & Sweet Cookie Company in Oakmont is baking Spring- and Easter-themed cookie kits. Two options are available. Choose a half-dozen cookies and four icing colors for $20, or a full dozen cookies with six icing colors for $30. Cookies are baked in small batches and require advance orders. Pickup times will be determined upon order. Order via Facebook messenger or email [email protected].
6. Angelina’s Bakery & Pastry Shop
The newest finger-licking treat at Angelina Bakery & Pastry Shop is a Paint-Palette Cookie Kit. Each kit comes with a palette cookie that holds watercolor icing, a drawing cookie, paintbrush and stencil. Order the $4.50 kit a day or two in advance for curbside pickup at 724-514-7562 or email [email protected].