Prantl's Bakery - A Pittsburgh Institution


Prantl’s Bakery has been a tradition for decades. A Pittsburgh institution, the bakery is the home of the original Burnt Almond Torte, which was acclaimed by the Huffington Post as “the best cake in America”.  

In 1970, the torte was conceived by Henry Prantl after attending a national bakers conference, when 13 bakers demonstrated one good item from each of their bakeries. At the demonstration, Prantl took detailed notes when an Anaheim baker demonstrated the Burnt Almond Cake. When he got back to Pittsburgh, he altered the recipe. He changed the sponge cake to a sweet yellow cake and added custard between the layers. He topped the cake with Prantl’s famous buttercream and toasted almonds. (There was an almond surplus the same year and the Almond board was persuading bakers to use almonds in new and inspiring ways). Prantl kept the name of the cake and its square shape as it appears today. 

Henry and Jane Prantl retired and sold the business in 2007. Today Prantl’s Bakery is continually acclaimed as an iconic bakery by a variety of local and national publications. Offering over 100+ bakery items, the bakery is considered one of the top bakeries in the country. 

Currently, the bakery has four locations in the greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area: Greensburg, Shadyside (Pittsburgh), Market Square (Downtown Pittsburgh), and North Huntingdon. 


Food Network Top Places to Eat

Huffington Post - "Best Cake in America"

Food Network “Best Cake in Pennsylvania”

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

Yelp Approved Business

The Knot

Best of Wedding Hall of Fame
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011 Pick Best of Weddings

Wedding Wire

Wedding Wire Rated
Couples’ Choice Awards 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013

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Tribune Review

2017 Readers’ Choice Bakery – Gold


Best Dessert – 2017

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