Monday, March 26, 2012

Featured in MSP Weddings - A Cake Tasting With Cocoa & Fig

Are you wondering what a wedding dessert tasting consultation with Cocoa & Fig is like?  Real Bride blogger Sara Boyd from MSP Weddings magazine recently had a tasting appointment with us and talked about her experience in a blog post. We're happy to read that she was quite pleased with the overall experience, personal attention, and scrumptious desserts that were provided. Read an excerpt from her post below:

Cocoa & Fig Cupcakes for Wedding Dessert Tasting
Mini Desserts for Wedding Dessert Tasting

Half of the duo, Joe Lin, immediately came to meet us in the hallway. He gave us a warm welcome and ushered us into one of their tasting rooms before we dug into the good stuff. One of the things I truly appreciated in talking with Joe was learning about his business and having the time to really get to know what Cocoa & Fig was all about.

He started with, perhaps, the most important story—the one of how he first met and fell in love with Laurie Pyle (co-owner of Cocoa and Fig). He told us about their journey through the culinary world, and the financial district, and how it took them several different places until they landed here. Laurie, a Shakopee native, took her passion for cooking and baking and combined it with Joe’s business knowledge and financial skills to open up a bakery off the beaten path, but still within the metro. The two are in the midst of planning a wedding themselves (yay!) so truly understand the needs and wants of a future bride and groom.

I absolutely loved the fact that Joe asked us about our story: how we met, how wedding planning was going, and what we wanted for our special day. I won’t name names but I can’t tell you how many vendors we’ve met with that treated us like just another number. I completely understand that everyone is running a business and at the end of the day, that’s the bottom line, but when it comes to being a wedding vendor, I feel like you need to make a special effort.

For most of us, we’re only planning to have one wedding (knock on wood) so even though we may be the 20th bride you’ve seen this week, it’s important to make us feel like we’re the only one. And that’s just what Cocoa & Fig did. At no point did they rush us or tell us they had another appointment waiting in the wings. The entire meeting was a treat—and speaking of treats, let’s dive into the good stuff.

The tasting at Cocoa & Fig is no joke. Joe brought us two plates full of his incredible desserts. Some may scoff at the notion that they charge $30 for their tastings but after seeing the spread, it’s well worth the money

We left completely stuffed, on a slight sugar high, and extremely excited to have a chance to work with such passionate people. And while we initially struggled to make a decision on which vendor to choose, we quickly discovered choosing between these incredible desserts is much more difficult. Still, at least the food coma provides a nice distraction.

Read more at MSP Weddings Real Bride blog.

Thank you to Sara Boyd (and her fiance Tom) for the kind words and great review.  We look forward to being part of your big day!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Finalist for Minnesota Bride's Best Of 2012 Award for Best Favor - Cocoa & Fig

Cocoa & Fig is honored to be a finalist for Minnesota Bride Magazine's 'Best Of 2012' Awards for Best Favor! Winners will be revealed in the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of the magazine which will be on newsstands in July.

Thank you to all of our brides, grooms, fans, & friends for voting for us!


Friday, March 16, 2012

Cake Buffet and Dessert Shooters for Janna and Nick's Wedding

Janna and Nick's wedding was celebrated at their family home with a lovely backyard ceremony and an elegant tent reception.  Mi Mi Design coordinated all of the details mixing modern and rustic styles and the groom's mother did the floral arranging.

Their all-white cake buffet included chocolate cakes with vanilla bean buttercream with combed sides and vanilla cakes with cream cheese icing in a rustic, swirled style.  A variety of special recipe, gluten-free layered dessert shooters were also on the cake table including gluten-free Banana Pudding Shooters, gluten-free Key Lime Shooters, and gluten-free Tiramisu Shooters.

Minneapolis Cake Buffet for Wedding Celebration

Twin Cities Cake and Dessert Bufftet

Gluten-free Dessert Shooters and Wedding Cake

Gluten-free Tiramisu Dessert Shooter by Cocoa & Fig

Photography: Collin Hughes
Wedding Planner: Mi Mi design
Tent and Lighting: Apres Party Rental
Flowers: the groom's mother
Hair: Jamie at Jungle Red Salon
Wedding Cake with Bride & Groom Topper: French Meadow Bakery
Other cakes and Gluten-free Dessert Shooters: Cocoa & Fig


Monday, March 12, 2012

Twin Cities Wedding Cake and Miniature Dessert Table: Melissa and Patrick

A perfect display of vintage elegance was arranged for Melissa and Patrick's mid-summer wedding.  The event guru duo at mimi design teamed up with vintage rental company Lime Canary to create the beautiful setting for the reception at the Depot downtown Minneapolis.  Andrew from Andrew Vick Photography did an outstanding job on capturing photos during the celebration.

The 2 tier wedding cake design was based on the bride's gorgeous gown and had a fondant exterior with detailed lace applique around the sides and rows of buttons up each tier.  An elegant sugar flower was perched on side of the top tier to finish it off.

Miniature desserts included an assortment of Salted Caramel and Pistachio French Macarons, Southern Banana Pudding and Dark Chocolate Layered Desserts, Black Velvet Mini Cupcakes, Peanut Butter Cake Lollipops, and Fresh Fruit Tartlets.  The couple also chose French macaron guest favors to send with their guests at the end of the evening with hangtags by Paperista.

Congratulations Melissa & Patrick!

Vintage Lace Wedding Cake by Cocoa & Fig

Lace Applique 2 Tier Wedding Cake Minneapolis


Banana Pudding Layered Dessert Shooters by Twin Cities Bakery, Cocoa & Fig

Minneapolis Edible Guest Favors by Cocoa & Fig - 2 French Macarons

Event Planner: Mimi Design
Stationery: Paperista
Venue: The Depot
Vintage Furniture and Decor: Lime Canary

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