If you’re celebrating a birthday this summer, there’s only one way to do it – with an ice cream cake from a Pittsburgh scoop shop, of course. These ice cream shops offer a variety of specially-made ice cream cakes that you can order any time of year.
If you’re looking for a truly beautiful cake, Scoops has got you covered. The ice cream shop (with locations in Bloomfield, Mt. Lebanon, Brookline, Bellevue and Carnegie) offers an All Ice Cream option (with any flavor ice cream you want), or an Ice Cream + Cake option (choose from yellow, chocolate, marble or white cake), all decorated in your choice of colors and style. Find out more online. (Multiple Locations)
Canonsburg’s Sarris Candies has a full menu of pre-made ice cream cakes available for purchase, including their Hardcap version (covered in their chocolate Hardcap confection), Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Cookies & Cream, Strawberry Vanilla, and Pretzel, made with chocolate chip and chocolate ice cream, and topped with their chocolate-covered pretzels. Order online. (511 Adams Avenue, Canonsburg)
Happy Day Dessert Factory
Not only can you create your own customized ice cream cake at Happy Day Dessert Factory (just give them 24-hours notice), but they also have a full menu of their own creations, including the Birthday Bash (with yellow cake, Birthday Cake hard ice cream, vanilla frozen custard icing and rainbow sprinkles), Strawberry Short Cake, Cookies & Cream, Triple Chocolate and Toffee Coffee. Call 412-872-0117 to order. (906A Western Avenue)
Sugar & Spice
At Sugar & Spice in Baldwin, you can get an ice cream cake (made with a layer of cake, a fudge center, and topped off with their homemade ice cream, then covered in icing) in three sizes: Mini (serving six to eight), Regular (serving 12 to 18), and Quarter Sheet (serving 20 to 25). They also offer ice cream cupcakes, with a layer of cake, topped with hot fudge, ice cream, and icing. To order, call 412-882-7326. (5200 Clairton Blvd.)
Page Dairy Mart
One of Pittsburgh’s most beloved ice cream shops makes their own ice cream cakes, made with two layers of ice cream (chocolate and vanilla), with a layer of hot fudge and cookie crunch in between. They can also create specialty cakes with any of their ice cream flavors or toppings. Order online.
Dave & Andy’s
Dave & Andy’s has been an Oakland staple since 1983, serving scoops of their handmade ice cream. The ice cream shop can also create an ice cream cake for you, using any of their ice cream flavors. Call 412-681-9906 to order.
Ice cream cakes at Frosty Cone come in Elizabeth come in two varieties: Original (made with a layer of their chocolate soft serve ice cream, fudge and chocolate crunch, and vanilla soft serve), and Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch. Additional add-ins, like Cookie Dough, Brownie pieces and Oreos can also be added. Orders can be made online, and must be made 48 hours in advance.