Choosing a wedding cake is not as simple as it seems because the selections are seemingly limitless. You can take the usual route and order a cake with white icing and elegant floral accents from the neighborhood bakery, or you can look to one of these five bakers from across the state of Minnesota. Each of them serves up some of the most delicious cakes available, and they do it with both flair and style.
The Cake Diva
Anyone can bake a cake, but it takes a true master to bake a wonderful, moist, flaky, gluten-free, vegan cake. This is the specialty of St. Paul's Cake Diva, Janan Juliff, an award-winning baker who has been repeatedly recognized for her use of fresh organic ingredients. Her wedding cakes, whether vegan or not, contain no added preservatives, no trans fats, no corn syrup, no shortening or lard and no food coloring.
5013 France Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
The Sweet Retreat is a gourmet cupcake bakery, and it will design you a wedding cake made entirely from cupcakes. Specializing in both fondant and buttercream styles, Sweet Retreat Cakes can be customized with handmade flowers and monogramming. A Sweet Retreat cupcake wedding cake displays your creativity and flair for the unusual, and more importantly, the cupcakes taste amazing.
Miss Sarah's Cakery
314 Vermillion St. #105
Hastings, MN 55033
For a wedding cake that goes even further outside the traditional lines, contact Miss Sarah's Cakery. Ask about the Minnesota Twins wedding cake, the stacked pillows or the topsy turvy (a traditional cake that looks as though it's moments from collapse). Are you a horseman? Check out the Western wedding cake. Do you scuba dive? The underwater wedding cake is fantastic. How about hunting or hiking? Take a look at Miss Sarah's camouflage wedding cake. Located in Hastings, Miss Sarah's Cakery serves the entire Twin Cities, as well as parts of Iowa and Wisconsin.
How Sweet It Is Cakes
320 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
Looking for a gluten-free cake, a cupcake wedding tower or a vintage cake to go with your "Mad Men"-style wedding, but don't live in the Twin CIties? Duluth's How Sweet It Is Cakes does it all. Serving Duluth and the surrounding communities, How Sweet It Is has a long list of flavors and fillings and is open to suggestions. It also offers a huge menu of massive pies, so if you want to really mix it up, go with a wedding pie.
Sugar Chic Cake Designs
1417 St. John Ave.
Albert Lea, MN 56007
If you live in southern Minnesota, contact Sugar Chic Cake Designs. This shop specializes in whimsical and traditional wedding cakes in both buttercream and fondant. Sugar Chic calls its creations "edible art" and they truly are masterpieces. Although the most beautiful Sugar Chic creations are more traditional, the towering wedding cake topped with dear antlers was surely one of a kind. And, if you're looking for a dress for your flower girl, you might try Sugar Chic kids, their children's clothing line.
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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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