Friday, January 27, 2012

Twin Cities Wedding Cake and Mini Cupcakes: Stef and Andrew

Cocoa & Fig was happy to be part of this bright and gorgeous, late summer wedding of Stef and Andrew.  Stef did most of the planning and details along with Melissa from Sadie’s Couture Floral and Event Design (who also did the floral arrangements.)  All of these lovely photos were shot by Whitney for Laura Ivanova Photography.

 We created created a 3 tier cake with fondant icing and fondant teardrop petals, Vanilla Bean mini cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream, Chocolate mini cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream, and Black Velvet mini cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream.

This wedding was also featured on A Northwoods Wedding Blog so check out more photos of Sunshine and Summertime Love!

3 Tier Wedding Cake with Yellow Petals

Yellow and Silver Mini Cupcakes

Minneapolis Wedding Mini Cupcakes
Minneapolis Wedding Cupcakes

Twin Cities Wedding Dessert Table

Twin Cities Wedding Cake

Minneapolis Wedding Cake

Photography: Whitney Furst at Laura Ivanova Photography
Flowers: Sadie’s Couture 
Planner: Bride, along with Melissa from Sadie’s 
Dress Designer: Casablanca
Dress Shop: All About Brides  
Bridesmaid dresses: J Crew 
Reception Venue: Stonebrooke 
Dessert Table Design: Shauna Younge Dessert Tables 
Wedding Party Hairpieces: Thatched roof designs on etsy


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Valentine's Day Menu 2012

Treat your Valentine to sweet somethings from Cocoa & Fig this year!  Our Valentine's Day Menu is full of love inspired items and beautiful gift boxes.  All gift boxes include festive packaging & ribbon wrapping, along with a petite gift message card.  Pre-order your sweets for easy pick-up at our Gaviidae shop - open February 14th from 8am until 7pm.

Photo by Joe Krummel Photography


Monday, January 23, 2012

Independent Wedding Association presents: In(dy)spire

Planning your wedding?  Come and get inspired!

Join us February 11th at the Ivy Hotel for In(dy)spire, a wedding planning event from the Independent Wedding Association.  Cocoa & Fig will be there with a signature dessert table display and samples of mini desserts. Speak to us and other top Twin Cities wedding vendors for information, advising, and tips for your wedding planning!

Twin Cities Wedding Fair: in(dy)spire

      Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
      Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
      Place: Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis, 201 11th Street South
      Cost:  A pair of tickets are just $15

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


Friday, January 13, 2012

St. Paul Wedding Cake and Mini Dessert Table: Heather and John

With the assistance of local event planner Laura Mullen Event Design, Heather and John's wedding was an elegant affair in St. Paul.  The reception at James J Hill Library was a gorgeous setting with pillars and colorful books in the backdrop, and photographer Laura Ivanova took some stunning shots of the occasion.

The Cocoa & Fig dessert table featured a 2 tier cake with fondant icing and buttercream polka dots along with a variety of miniature desserts including Pumpkin, Black Velvet, Sinfully Chocolate, and Vanilla Salted Caramel Mini Cupcakes, Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats, Fresh Fruit Tartlets, Dark Chocolate and Tiramisu Dessert Shooters, and Raspberry Swirl Mini Cheesecakes.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Photography: Laura Ivanova Photography
Wedding Planner: Laura Mullen Event Design
Reception Venue: James J Hill Library
Hair & Makeup: Emily J
Rentals: Midway Party Rental
Flowers: A Day in Provence
Cake and Desserts: Cocoa & Fig


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

FOUND // The Art of Wedding featuring Cocoa & Fig

Join us for a revelatory night of cocktails and celebration as Photogen Inc. and Rivets & Roses present “FOUND // The Art of Wedding," on Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 514 Studios in the North Loop district of Minneapolis.

FOUND celebrates local talent working to elevate weddings to an art form and introduces engaged couples and Twin City art lovers alike to their work. The event will be curated by Eliesa Johnson and features fine-art installations by photographers Photogen Inc. and Rivets and Roses, fashion designer Tara LaTour, floral designers Munster Rose, filmmakers Capture Studios and stationer Paperista. MN Bride will be handing out complimentary copies of its latest issue, while Flow DJ spins some tunes, Cocoa & Fig will display and serve our tastiest confections, and the lovely crew at Crispin will pour up tastes of their refreshing cider. So whether you’re a newly engaged couple or a fine art enthusiast, FOUND is sure to find you enchanted, inspired, and a little imbibed.

For more details, check out the event website at  See you there!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

5 Most Popular Desserts of 2011

As I look back fondly on 2011, there are so many delightful baking memories, dessert creations, and flavors that stand out in my mind.  Our customers have provided kind compliments and great feedback on some of these creations so we thank you for those and always take them into consideration when coming up with the next C&F treat. So without further ado, we introduce the official list of the most popular Cocoa & Fig desserts of 2011.  And don't worry, these aren't going anywhere in 2012!  Were these your favorites too?

Top 5 Desserts of 2011 - Berries and Cream Cake
Photo by Brandon Werth Photography

5. Berries & Cream Cake
Who doesn't love the classic combination of fresh berries and whipped cream? No one!  That's why this cake is the most chosen for celebrations and small gatherings. We make our fresh Vanilla Bean Cake with Madagascar vanilla beans and layer it with fresh whipped cream and fresh sliced strawberries, then ice the whole thing with our vanilla bean buttercream.  It's heavenly

Top 5 Desserts of 2011 - Sinfully Chocolate Cupcakes
Photo by Laura Ivanova Photography

4. Sinfully Chocolate Cupcake
For the true chocolate lovers out there, our Sinfully Chocolate cupcake has been a dream come true. We make our moist and delicious Valrhona Chocolate Cake, then fill it with creamy ganache and top it with chocolate buttercream.  And if that wasn't enough - we dip the top in ganache.  This indulgent cupcake is perfect for a much-needed (and well deserved!) chocolate fix.

Top 5 Desserts of 2011 - Banana Pudding Dessert Shooters
Photo by Sewell Photography

3. Southern Banana Pudding Layered Dessert Shooter
This dessert is so good that it was featured on the Cooking Channel’s Food(ography) show back in September. The episode, Sugar, showcased our Southern Banana Pudding Dessert Shooters which are made by layering rich vanilla bean custard, fresh bananas, crushed Nilla Wafer cookies, and fresh whipped cream.  The shooter cups with tiny spoons are an adorable addition to any dessert table.

Top 5 Desserts of 2011 - Black Velvet Cake Lollipop
Photo by Jessica Smith Photography

2. Black Velvet Cake Lollipop
The Cake Lollipop is a customer favorite – not only with kids, but among adults too. Our decadent cake and buttercream icing is combined and rolled into a ball then dipped in milk, dark, or white chocolate. The Black Velvet Cake Lollipop has been the best selling flavor at our retail shop, for special event orders, and for wedding dessert tables.

Top 5 Desserts of 2011 - Salted Caramel French Macaron
Photo by Studio Laguna

1. Salted Caramel French Macaron
The festive Parisian sandwich cookie – the French Macaron - has really grown in popularity this year, and the Salted Caramel flavor is definitely number 1.  Two caramel meringue cookies are sandwiched with caramel buttercream icing with a touch of fleur de sel and rich caramel in the center.  It has everything you'd love in a great dessert - sweet caramel, creamy buttercream, chewy cookie, and a hint of salt.

2011 Honorable Mention Desserts

Honorable Mentions:
  Top Wedding Mini Dessert - Fresh Fruit Tartlet
  Top Seasonal Flavor ~ Pumpkin Cake Lollipop
  Top Whole Dessert ~ Flourless Chocolate Cake

Hope you had the chance to try all of these treats in 2011, and if not, there's always this year!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

CRAVE Guidebook and Chocolate Bouchons GIVEAWAY WINNER

In honor of our feature in the CRAVE Minneapolis/St. Paul Guidebook, we decided to give away a copy of the CRAVE book and a four-pack of Cocoa & Fig Chocolate Bouchons.  Thank you to everyone who entered sharing your favorite desserts with us.  And the winner chosen at random is: anastasiapaige!  Congratulations - we'll be in touch to get you your winnings.

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