Cupcakes: The Latest Trend in Minneapolis Wedding Desserts

Cupcakes have become quite the trendy treat, with specialty bakeries cropping up across the country, and particularly in Minneapolis and St. Paul, which exclusively sell these mini-cakes. As the cupcake trend has taken over the twin cities, it has become increasingly common to see these decadent delights in place of the traditional cake at weddings. Brides are often choosing to forgo the 3 tiered cakes and instead build multi-tiered platforms to showcase the finest cupcakes.

Bakers have become experts in decorating cupcakes with the finest details that match up to any ornately designed wedding cake. Each cupcake can be a gorgeous individual representation of the brides wedding concept. Some are so delicate and intricate that each is its own work of art and could almost be displayed at the Minneapolis Art Institute.

Before I explain how to select cupcakes for your wedding, you must first understand that there should be a priority when selecting your vendors. Too often I find brides selecting things like wedding cake first, when they haven’t even booked their venue. First, I would recommend selecting your wedding venue. Here in Minnesota we only have so many nice days, so the best wedding venues typically book out at least a year in advance. Second, I would spend some time searching through Minneapolis photographers portfolios to find the right fit for your wedding. A good wedding photographer is essential to capturing the memories of your day, and they too tend to fill their schedules first. Third, I would select your caterer, and settle on the best baker in all of Minneapolis for your wedding cake, cupcakes, or other desserts. While caterers don’t book out that far in advance, they are essential to making your guests happy and the evening memorable.

When choosing to do cupcakes there are some key decisions that need to be made by the bride. Besides flavors, frostings and fillings, the biggest decision to be made is the look of the cupcakes. Some brides prefer the overall look to be the presentation whereas some brides prefer each individual cupcake to be its own masterpiece. A common cupcake design is to have platforms to give the illusion that it is a traditional wedding cake. This is a great way to keep the traditional look, while still being able to provide the uniqueness of cupcakes and optional varieties of flavors to the guests.

Another idea to keep in mind is a variation on the more traditional version of the cupcake and instead doing a variety of mini-cakes or various small desserts. These can also be arranged in a way that mimics the traditional tiered wedding cake.

Ultimately, the cupcake option is simply another way for the bride to insert her unique style into her big day. In this day and age the uncommon is becoming quite common at weddings. Whether a bride chooses a traditional cake, cupcakes, or something completely out of the ordinary, the guests always look forward to some sweet treat when attending a wedding. It would not be unreasonable to assume that more and more unique dessert ideas will begin showing up at weddings. For now, the cupcake trend is a fun way for brides to get creative. The most common thing we see in wedding planning these days is brides attempting to be as unique as possible while still maintaining the traditional elements. The trend will continue to move in this fashion, so be ready to see more unique ideas being displayed at the weddings you attend.

My Favorite Wedding Caterers and their Minneapolis Wedding Venues

All brides want to wow their guests on the big day. One of the most common critiques of the wedding day is the catering. A plated dry chicken dinner just doesn’t cut it anymore in the wedding day world. One way to sort through the ripe selection Minneapolis wedding venues is to first decide on or narrow your catering choices. Once you decide on a caterer that is sure to provide your guests a 5 star meal, you can then choose from the venues that work with that particular caterer.

Here are my 3 personal favorite Minneapolis caterers and some of the exciting venues that they service in the Minneapolis, St. Paul area.

  1. Café Bon Appetit at the Minnesota History Center: If you are having a contemporary wedding, and appreciate the unique and stunning architecture of the Minnesota History Center you will be pleased to hear that Café Bon Appetit caters each wedding they host to the individual preference of the bride. You will be the only bride of the day the cite and caterers are focused on, and therefore will have everything focused on making your day just right. If you are looking for fresh, local, and delicious, then you need look no further than Café Bon Appetit. Bon Appetit buys almost exclusively from locally owned and farmed land. Each menu is custom designed for the bride and all the food is made from scratch.

  1. Mintahoe Catering: If you want the perfectionists of catering Mintahoe should be your first choice. These award winning chefs customize and perfect your menu in a wide variety of exciting venue possibilities. Much like Café Bon Appetit, Mintahoe uses a wide variety of local and organic produce to create decadent meals. The stunning venue options that allow Mintahoe Catering leave nothing to be desired and include the beautiful Nicollet Island Pavilion, Van Dusen Mansion, James J. Hill Library, A’Bulae, Winehaven Winery, and Château at Medicine Lake.

  1. D’Amico: If you want your wedding to be over the top choose from one of the exciting venues that D’Amico catering hosts. D’Amico also values locally grown produce and organic menu items. The staff is praised as being excellent and the overall ambiance is praised by brides all around the twin cities. Some of the exciting venues that work with D’Amico are: Calhoun Beach Club, International Market Square, McNamara Alumni Center, Mill City Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Walker Art Center.


How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Cake

As a Minneapolis bride, planning a wedding can be a very daunting task. The Twin Cities have so many exciting options for each component of your wedding and the wedding cake is the second most spectacular piece of the wedding day, next to the bride of course. When choosing the perfect wedding cake there are some simple things to keep in mind and easy steps to follow. The steps are the same as selecting any other wedding vendor, such as your search for the best Minneapolis wedding photographers, the top caterer in St Paul, Minnesota, or the coolest wedding DJ around.

Determine your Wedding Budget

It is very easy to get carried away once the ideas start rolling, and before you know it you can be spending two thousand dollars on the cake alone! Decide a budget and stick to it. The average wedding cake these days costs around $500. It’s also important to know about how many guests you will have, as cake is priced by slice. You can safely order less cake than guests (an average of 25 less pieces per 150 guests) if you are trying to save, as not every guest will partake in it. Another way to save is to make the actual cake small and then have sheet cake in the kitchen that will be served to the guests.

Look for Ideas of What You Want at Your Wedding

This is time to decide if you are going with a tiered cake, cupcakes, or something completely different. Look through magazines, family wedding photos, and online. Look at the portfolio of local Minneapolis wedding photographers to see the various concepts that are out there, and how each looks in photos. Then bring what you like with you as you interview bakers. Show them what you have in mind, and ask to see photos of their work. As you are speaking with them you can get a feel as to if they are willing and able to do what you want.

Taste some Wedding Cakes!

You can set up specific appointments for higher end bakeries in Minneapolis or St. Paul, or simply ask when you are looking for samples. Most bakeries will allow you to sample even if you are simply a walk in. If you want all one flavor or multiple flavors this is the time to make those selections. Be sure that if you are going with something unique, that there are also more basic or traditional options for your guests to enjoy. Not everyone will enjoy a cappuccino wedding cake, even if that is your favorite.

Pick a Bakery and Finish Up Your Design

Once you find a baker you are comfortable with and have sampled the cake you can choose based on your preference and budget. Most bakers will have a sit-down meeting to go over designs and draw up a final plan. They will ask you to bring photographs and sketches to help with this process. Many brides do their own wedding cake sketches to make sure it is exactly how they want.

Unique Wedding Desserts

Everybody who attends a wedding looks forward to the decadent towers of sugary bliss, the cake. However, it is becoming increasingly more common to replace this tradition with other delicious options. When planning out the sweet side of your day, keep in mind that more is not always better, except when it comes to desserts! Make your dessert options fun for you and the guests, and make it unique to who you are. After all, this is your day, make it unique to you! The Here are some ideas if you don’t want to do the run of the mill cake, or if you want to add some exciting options for your guests.

  1. The candy bar! Who doesn’t want an all you can eat buffet of candy? This is a fun way to express your individuality on your day. You and your groom can pick some of your favorite sweets to offer your guests in an array of jars, vases, or whatever creative way you come up with to display your treats. It also makes for some fun photographs, adding something extra to the overall feel of the day.
  2. Build your own Ice Cream Sunday. If the candy doesn’t suit you but you like the idea of having your guests involved in creating their own dessert, this may be a good option. Give your guests the option of topping their Ice Cream with a variety of fruits, candies, syrups and fudges.
  3. Nontraditional Cake: Lately I’ve seen more and more unconventional wedding cakes. Ice Cream cakes, cupcake towers, and even a Donut Cake. There can be many variations of the tiered look, get creative and think outside the box.
  4. It’s becoming increasingly popular to have a chocolate fountain or 2, or one at every table as a center piece! Using white chocolate is a nice way to change up this increasingly popular tradition and make it your own. Add some unique dipping items to make your fountain experience different than any other. The more options the better.
  5. The options are truly endless. Anything that is a favorite of you or your groom would be great to incorporate into the day. Family recipes or ethnic foods are always another great way to come up with some unique dessert ideas. When doing a particularly unique dessert, it is a good idea to do it in addition to cake rather than as a substitute. That way if guests aren’t particularly fond of your unique option, they always have cake as a fallback.