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Where To Buy Celebratory Cakes In The State College Area

Are you in knead of a custom celebratory cake for, say, a birthday, anniversary, or graduation? Well, you’ve come to the right place — and we hope you like cake puns, because you’re gonna be reading a lot of them.

It’s always more fun to customize a cake for your specific occasion rather than choosing a pre-made one from the grocery store. Yes, it can be costly, but you just can’t beat the quality of a locally baked and decorated cake.

This guide goes out to the parents who get overly excited for their college student’s birthday, the boyfriend who’s just not sure what to get his girlfriend for their anniversary, or the graduate in search of the perfect cake to celebrate with.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite local bakeries in the State College area that offer custom celebratory cakes.

Dolce Vita Desserts

Up first is Dolce Vita Desserts, a local bakery that takes pride in “making life a little sweeter” with handcrafted treats.

Its everyday menu ranges from cupcakes, cannolis, and cookies, to pies, cake pops, and macarons. But let’s discuss the cakes. Dolce Vita Desserts offers a selection of signature cakes, which are perfect for special occasions like birthdays, baby showers, graduations…you name it!

These cakes are crafted with extra love, so you’ll need to submit your order at least two weeks in advance. Dolce Vita Desserts offers deliveries on Wednesdays and Thursdays, so if you’re unable to make the drive to the bakery, don’t fret.

Sticking to a vegan diet or living a gluten-free lifestyle? They’ve got you covered with vegan and gluten-free cake options, too.

Sweet Tooth Bakery

Do you have a sweet tooth? We think you’ll love this local bakery, then.

Sweet Tooth Bakery is located right in downtown State College in Miller Alley. It’s been up-and-running since 1993. Owner Cheri Christian attended the Wilton School of Cake Decorating in Chicago and continues to take fondant and cake sculpturing classes to fuel her passion and sharpen her skills.

When you enter Sweet Tooth Bakery, you’ll see a spread of sweets like chocolate-covered Oreos and pretzels, brownies, and cookies. The cakes, though, are dough joke.

The bakery offers more than 20 different flavors to choose from or mix-and-match. Creativity is encouraged, so you can even bring in photos of what you had in mind for your cake.

Sweet Tooth Bakery has also obtained Penn State Collegiate licensing in order to offer Penn State celebratory cakes for graduations and other events. Its treats are made by order for peak freshness, so customers are asked to submit orders at least two days in advance.

The bakery also offers balloon packages for events, which allows you to add even more to your celebration. It’s a one-stop shop, baby.

The Cakery

“Y’all know I love when I get to draw on a cake! Another version of Spongebob ‘what’s funnier than 24?'”
Via The Cakery on Facebook

Sprinkle a little happiness into your celebration with The Cakery, located in downtown Bellefonte.

The Cakery had been owned and operated by Melissa Stitzer since early 2019. The bakery not only specializes in unique cakes and cupcakes, but also scones, French macarons, and other delicious sweets.

The bakery takes pride in its fresh custom cakes, which are perfect for any celebration. To submit a custom order request, you can use The Cakery’s order request form.

Delectable Delights By Heather

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Via Delectable Delights by Heather Luse on Facebook

This bakery is as wholesome as it gets. Delectable Delights by Heather is a family-run bakery primarily operated by Heather Luse, who’s been baking “for as long as she could reach the wooden spoons.”

Heather has been baking at Penn State since 1993. She takes the family business approach seriously, and her business is based in her Centre Hall home. Every order goes through her, and her family helps out whenever they’re needed.

The bakery offers a plethora of cake, icing, and filling flavors, and it’s open to accommodating other flavors. Delectable Delights encourages you to plan according to your occasion, so sit-down discussions are recommended for big events such as weddings, while a phone call or email might work better for a birthday cake.

The bakery website even features a fun blog, which highlights a ton of awesome cake creations. Check it out if you’re looking for some inspiration.

Valley Girl Sweets

Via Valley Girl Sweets website

Looking for a gluten-free bakery? Valley Girl Sweets might be the perfect spot for you.

Valley Girl Sweets, also based in Centre Hall, Pa., is owned by Kristen Cowher, an artist who prefers to express her creativity in the form of edible art.

Cowher began her cake journey as a hobby baker out of her home, and she opened Valley Girl Sweets a year ago. She developed an allergy to gluten about four years back, which is when she began turning her delicious recipes into gluten-free offerings.

Valley Girl’s menu offers a wide variety of gluten-free cake, icing, and filling flavors, and the bakery can work with other flavors upon request.

You can submit a quote request through its website.


The truth is, store-bought cakes don’t compare to fresh, locally baked options. Getting a cake from the grocery store is a cookie mistake that you won’t need to make again.

Supporting local businesses is important, especially as effects from the pandemic rage on. Next time you have a reason to celebrate, consider paying these local bakeries a visit.

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Lauren Wysseier

Lauren is a junior writer majoring in advertising from Fort Myers, Florida. She is a Floridian but, at heart, a Pennsylvanian. Her go-to fun fact is that she used to live in Barcelona, Spain. She is passionate about dogs, food, the Oxford comma, and most importantly, all-things Penn State. Don't hesitate to send her your best dog videos on Twitter @laurenwysseier or email [email protected] with other inquiries.

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