The Patti Schvabenitz Story

Our Background

Patti’s Pastries is a local bakery that has been baking by hand for over 32 years to create cakes and homestyle ethnic cookies and pastries from scratch. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (the melting pot of many nationalities) our bakery takes pride in our ethnic background and ethnic sweets! We bake for any occasion, and only here at Patti’s Pastries can you find hand-crafted, baked-from-scratch delicacies at their finest. You can view our menu page (located above) to browse a selection of our specialties. Our cookies are baked from the finest ingredients–such as pure butter, the finest unbleached flour, and real sugar. Our cookies look wonderful and taste even better! No matter the occasion, Patti’s Pastries gives you the opportunity to share an elite, high-quality pastry experience with the ones you love.We stand proudly behind our product and assure that we always provide the most delicious cake or pastry available to the public–at a reasonable price! Here at Patti’s Pastries, we are firm believers in the motto, ”You Get What You Pay For”.

The Founder’s Story – “Patti Schvabenitz”

Our story begins with Patti stating the following: “I owe all of my success to my family–first and foremost to my parents.” Ever Patti I was a small child, she always enjoyed the art of baking. Patti’s parents helped fuel her passion by buying her an oven, ‘The Kenner Easy-Bake Oven’.  My father was her best critic.

Many years later she married, and shortly after, together Patti and her husband Daniel had their first child; Nicole Schvabenitz. Soon after Nicole’s arrival, her husband Daniel was laid off from his employer: J&L Steel. Patti put her love for baking to work in order to support her family on a part-time basis by baking and selling cookies. Her husband lovingly handed her his unemployment check so she could purchase cake pans; those pans and a small bakers level helped her to build a successful wedding cake and cookie business. Those very same pans and bakers level share her workspace today!

During Patti’s early years of baking, she stated that the decline of the economy had forced many women to return to the work force. This ultimately left little time to bake cookies for family gatherings. Therefore, the economy provided Patti with the opportunity to build a successful business, provide financial support for her husband, and enabled her to stay at home and raise her two children; Nicole & Nicholas Schvabenitz.

After Patti had fifteen years of operating experience, using a home-based business model and receiving the support of her husband Daniel and her daughter Nicole; Patti was able to open ‘Patti’s Pastries Bakery Café’ in April of 1999. She operated a full-service bakery and coffee shop for three years, located on Broadhead Road in Aliquippa, PA. Shortly after the three year mark, Patti ultimately made the decision to radically change her business model and go back to the basics that helped her become so successful; Patti returned the business to it’s starting point: her renovated basement, which serves as a complete kitchen.

Patti stated that a typical storefront has only a select few products, and must operate on a first-come, first-serve basis and ultimately lacks the ability to give a personal touch to its customers. Patti wanted to provide her customers with a different approach; producing a product where personalization and attention to detail was paramount! Using the basic principle of “quality” Patti is able to deliver a fresh customized product that no other bakery can rival.

To this very day, Patti and her family still operate an incredibly successful bakery, specializing in Wedding Cakes and Cookies.

We Believe In “Quality”

You will find that our products are priced slightly higher than other bakeries. It is simply the high quality you are paying for. Our top priority is to utilize only the highest-caliber ingredients, ultimately creating a superior product for both your taste buds and your health. “The secret of my thirty years of success is the constant encouragement, self-sacrificing love, and support from my family, and my obsession and love for baking the BEST wedding cakes and cookies.

“I believe in a superior product and in the motto, ‘You get what you pay for.'”

–Patriciann Schvabenitz

Success in our Past