Thursday, September 29, 2011

Independent Wedding Association presents Groom's Night

It’s time to kick-start your wedding planning! Bring your groom to this no-pressure wedding event on Thursday, October 13th where you can chat with exceptional, down-to-earth wedding vendors and get ideas for your wedding.

Groom-friendly events include bowling, suit fitting demos, cigar sampling, drink tastings and a gourmet S’mores Bar by yours truly.  Create your own S"mores with locally produced marshmallows, gourmet chocolate, and Cocoa & Fig from-scratch graham crackers!

        Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011
        Time: 5:30 - 9:00pm
        Place: Pinstripes in Edina - 3849 Gallagher Drive

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Independent Wedding Association website


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mini Dessert Table and 3 Tier Cake for Nicole and Ryan's Wedding

I adored the lovely, vintage-chic setting of Nicole and Ryan's wedding at Nicollet Island Pavillion this summer. There were subtle accents of pink, yellow, and blue-grey, especially in the beautiful succulents, roses, billy balls, and hydrangeas.  And all of the details were captured in these stunning photos by Gene Pease of Geneoh Photography.

The dessert table we designed included a 3 tier buttercream cake with a rustic styled exterior topped with fresh florals from Studio Fleurette.  Mini desserts the couple chose were Black Velvet and Lemon Raspberry Mini Cupcakes, Pistachio French Macarons, Banana Pudding Dessert Shooters, and Vanilla Cake Lollipops.

*This wedding was also featured on the Wedding Chicks blog so check out more photos there!

Rustic Buttercream Wedding Cake


Rustic Dessert Table for Twin Cities Wedding

Banana Pudding Dessert Shooters for Wedding Dessert Table

Lemon Raspberry Wedding Cupcakes

Black Velvet Wedding Cupcakes

Green Tinted Vanilla French Macarons

Vanilla Cake Lollipops

3 Tier Rustic Wedding Cake

Minneapolis Wedding Dessert Table

Photography: Geneoh Photography
Desserts: Cocoa & Fig


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cocoa & Fig on the Cooking Channel

Earlier this week, we made our television debut showcasing our modern twist on a classic dessert: Southern Banana Pudding Dessert Shooters.  The show - Food(ography) with Mo Rocca - featured iconic sweet treats from around the country and aired on the Cooking Channel.  It was such an honor to be invited to be on the show, and such a whirlwind of taping in our kitchen that happened within a matter of days back in May. Our segment was short but sweet, and we're so happy to have been given the opportunity to share our dessert shooter creation with the world.

Here are some behind-the-scenes shots of the taping!

Cocoa & Fig on the Cooking Channel
Cocoa & Fig on the Cooking Channel

Our amazing florist friend Jackie Just from Just Bloomed offered to create floral arrangements for the dessert table set up for the taping.

Cocoa & Fig Dessert Table on the Cooking Channel
Cocoa & Fig on the Cooking Channel
Cocoa & Fig Dessert on the Cooking Channel
Cocoa & Fig on the Cooking Channel

So what's the story behind our Southern Banana Pudding Dessert Shooters?
The idea for our decadently creamy Southern Banana Pudding Dessert Shooters was inspired by my love of everything banana.  My grandmother made the most amazing banana bread when I was growing up and I couldn’t get enough – often eating half the loaf myself!  I also spent a short time in Durham, North Carolina and one of my favorite restaurants was Cooks Corner.  They serve the most amazing Southern Banana Pudding I have ever tried!  It’s a rather large serving that comes in a bowl and it’s topped with fluffy, toasted meringue.  Just thinking about it makes me hungry!  We’ve scaled down this version into a mini size that’s perfect for a post-dinner treat.

Cocoa & Fig on the Cooking Channel

The shooters are made by layering vanilla bean custard, fresh bananas, crushed Nilla Wafer cookies, and fresh whipped cream.  Many clients say it tastes like banana cream pie in a glass!

Our Banana Pudding Dessert Shooter recipe can be found on the Cooking Channel's website.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Minneapolis Wedding Cake and Custom Dessert Table: Adriana & Rick

Adriana and Rick came to Cocoa & Fig with some wonderful ideas for the dessert at their reception.  We settled on a centerpiece cake topped with sugared fruits - a spin-off of a cake Adriana had seen at a wedding she attended in Italy.  We also included a buffet of cakes, two of them topped with flag bunting representing each of their cultural heritage - flags of the U.S.A and Argentina. We also included an assortment of miniature desserts and cheesecakes including Tiramisu and Dark Chocolate Dessert Shooters, Salted Caramel Macarons, Key Lime, Raspberry, and Turtle Cheesecakes.

Laura Mullen was the fabulous planner behind this wedding and reception.  The modern setting of the Guthrie, especially the red and black backdrop to the dessert table, created a rich and warm elegance in the room.  We loved the artistic simplicity of the red carnations done by Munster Rose - they made such a striking statement in the room.  And the photos by La Vie - absolutely gorgeous! 

Minneapolis Wedding Dessert Table

Minneapolis Wedding Cake

Desserts for Twin Cities Wedding

Wedding Dessert Shooters

MN Wedding Cake with Bunting

Minneapolis Wedding Cake with Bunting

Twin Cities Dessert Table

Photography: La Vie Photography
Wedding Planner: Laura Mullen Event Design
Flowers: Munster Rose

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