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Squirrel Hill offers up delectable desserts

Dozen offers up a wide selection of delicious cupcakes, including special flavors according to the day of the week.  (credit: Chalita Maneetham | Photo Staff) Dozen offers up a wide selection of delicious cupcakes, including special flavors according to the day of the week. (credit: Chalita Maneetham | Photo Staff) At Gluuteny, customers can choose from baked goods such as sugar cookies, bread, and brownies.  (credit: Chalita Maneetham | Photo Staff) At Gluuteny, customers can choose from baked goods such as sugar cookies, bread, and brownies. (credit: Chalita Maneetham | Photo Staff)

Squirrel Hill has always been a convenient place for Carnegie Mellon students to get food and groceries. The neighborhood is close enough to campus that the trip is within walking distance; however, it is far enough to still take students away from the university atmosphere. With various restaurants, eateries, and cafés, one should also take time to remember the various sweet dessert options in Squirrel Hill that one can grab to go.

With so many places in such a small area, feel free to go to different places on Murray Avenue and compare the classics.

Dozen — Dozen has always had a permanent place in Squirrel Hill dessert discussions. Located conveniently near the corner of Forbes Avenue and Murray Avenue, one can just go in and grab a cupcake to go — it’s that easy. Dozen is no longer just a cupcake shop, however, but a full-fledged bakery. From somewhat classic cupcakes to sumptuous-looking cinnamon rolls, the business is growing. Now, Dozen Bake Shops are all around Pittsburgh. Classics like vanilla vanilla, characterized by powdered sugar buttercream icing, will always hold promise. If you are a chocolate person, try the vegan mostess cupcake, a vegan chocolate cupcake with buttercream filling and frosted with chocolate ganache.

Gullifty’s Restaurant — Priding itself on a selection of award-winning desserts, Gullifty’s is truly the ultimate American restaurant. From humongous cakes to ostentatious key lime pies and different kinds of cheesecake, most diners are getting a meal rather than a simple dessert. Even if this restaurant is known for its desserts, the regular menu at Gullifty’s is definitely worth choosing from as well.

Gluuteny — Gluuteny is a wheat- and dairy-free bakery located right next to Giant Eagle. Although these treats are definitely not the desserts that most students are used to, from sugar cookies to brownies to bread, Gluuteny has something good for every eater. All of this bakery’s goodies are homemade, baked right at the store’s location.

Allegro Hearth Bakery — Hands down, this hearth sells some of the best breads in Pittsburgh. As for desserts, what you see is really what you get. From the shop’s in-house dessert tasting, the vanilla cupcake rates the highest. All cakes and bars are moist, sweet, fragrant, and messy — be ready to lick buttery buttercream off your fingers after you finish. If the sugar is getting to be too much, the salty baked baguettes sliced and sold in small bags by the register can relax your overwhelmed taste buds.

Rose Tea Café — There is a reason the Rose Tea Café is packed with Asians: Many students at Carnegie Mellon say they serve the best bubble tea, hands down. Since we are only talking about the classics, the café’s black milk tea will always hit the spot. One can walk in for a meal or just get bubble tea. Either way, the bubbles are made perfectly al dente, not too cooked or undercooked. However, if you are only getting bubble tea, make sure you have cash ready.

RazzyFresh Frozen Yogurt — RazzyFresh has some of the most-talked-about frozen yogurt around Pittsburgh. Why? Because they simply sell the best-tasting frozen yogurt. The same cannot be said about the condiments or the fruits chopped down to such a small scale that they really lose their purpose. Nonetheless, the self-serve style lets you get just what you want. At the end of the line, you can weigh your cup and pay. That way, you can get as much or as little of the condiments as you want. Taste aside, these yogurts are the most affordable as well. The only improvement I would suggest is a larger cup with a better lid. That way, customers can take more of the original tart frozen yogurt to stock up in a fridge.