The Sugar Fairy

California-born April Simpson has cooked and baked around the country in notable places such as Rover’s in Seattle, The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, The Fairmont Hotel in Chicago and the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh. She’s taught Pastry Arts at the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, and now, after a second child, she runs her own business: Vanilla Pastry Studio, in Regent Square.

The shop is stocked with creative cakes, cookies, brownies and scones. Her signature confections are soft-centered “Lollys” – desserts on a stick – offering such enticing flavors as salted caramel custard, white chocolate raspberry and key lime pie. She also works with caterers to custom design wedding and special event cakes.

April resides in Pittsburgh with her two children, Allyson and Andrue, and their three dogs: White Boxer, Katie; Bernese Mountain Dog, Clementine; and Bulletproof Sam, her rescue Pit Bull. They are all siblings of the beloved Berner, Truman, who lives on in the hearts of those who knew him.