Nizhoni Bakery, a made-to-order bakery based in Carnegie, is attempting to create an entirely new market with a very interesting technique – cupcake deliveries.
The idea is that instead of sending someone flowers for a birthday or special event, friends and family can send their loved ones something more personal and delicious in the form of a customized cupcake. Nizhoni Bakery will do all of the preparations and deliver it just as flowers would be sent.
Customers can choose from several different Nizhoni Bakery favorites. Among them are flavors like Salted Caramel Macchiato (a caramel-coffee cupcake injected with caramel and topped with salted caramel-coffee icing), Pittsburgh Mud Puddle (a chocolate cupcake filled with peanut butter cream and topped with chocolate peanut butter icing) and Toasted Almond (an Almond cupcake filled with vanilla creme, topped with almond icing and freshly toasted almond slivers).
Danielle Skiles, the owner and baker at Nizhoni, had always dreamed of opening a bakery and she expected delivery services to be the next step.
“The idea evolved from my current set up, because I don’t have a storefront, and a cross between places like Insomnia Cookies,” she said. ” I was visiting a friend at her school in Connecticut, and we ordered cookies, and I just thought, ‘Why don’t we have this in Pittsburgh?’ Especially with how millennial-centered our city is, and being a huge college town, it made sense.”
Currently the delivery service is available for a minimum order of one dozen of the same cupcakes. Customers can order mixed cupcakes, premium cupcakes, and adult cupcakes, but for an additional fee. Orders must be place 48 hours in advance, and delivery cost is included for the first 10 miles, with customers being charged an additional $.52 per mile after that.