Category Archives: Bakery

Therapy

Due to all the discourse that is happening in the world today, I have been inspiration-challenged. Everything has seemed so depressing that it is hard to get excited about much.

It dawned on me a few weeks ago that part of my challenge is I’m not constantly surrounded by “pretty” things like I was when I was planning weddings. And I am also not creating as many “pretty” things these days. When I was talking to Suzette, who owns A Cupcake Social, about fondant decorations for an upcoming event, it dawned on me that I never learned how to work with fondant. So I asked her if she would be willing to do a cupcake decorating class for a couple of my friends and me. She graciously said yes, despite never having taught a class before.

Her bakery in South Minneapolis is cute and welcoming and also showcases her pretty blue A Cupcake Social food truck in front of the shop.

Of course, as we are looking at all the things in her shop, we just had to ask for samples of her made from scratch ice cream.

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We started with naked cupcakes and decided to work with fondant first. She recommended to think back to the days of playing with Play-doh and treat the fondant the same way. She brought out a bunch of flower and alphabet cutters. I decided I wanted to try to make a person, so she added some powder to allow the fondant to “stiffen up” and hold its shape better.

The beauty of fondant is the ability to reuse your mistakes and start over again. My boy ended up looking like one of the Fisher-Price Little People toys.

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I loved the different ways of decorating the cupcakes. We used fondant, buttercream frosting, cream cheese frosting and cookie crumbs. The variety of frosting tips and cutters, along with our imagination, really offered an unlimited number of designs.

The other girls showed a natural talent for cupcake decorating, as well as a natural talent for eating cupcakes!

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At the end of the class, I realized that I am going to have to dedicate more time in my schedule to engage in creative activity, because I found the hour so therapeutic. Thanks Suzette for the therapy session and yumminess!

 

Bang Bang

When Molly first told me about Bang Bang, for some reason the first thing that came to mind was the song in the movie Kill Bill.

When Molly told me that Bang Bang was a pie and biscuit shop, I was skeptical.  I had heard that pies were the next sweets trend, but I didn’t get it and told her that the trend never hit Minneapolis.

But then I walked into Bang Bang and I instantly thought “Why doesn’t Minneapolis have one of these?”

I’m a huge fan of pie, but I’m always a little suspect when the pie crust is too darn perfect.  Real homemade pie should look imperfect…just like the imperfect people who make them.

As far as I’m concerned this apple pie is pretty darn pretty and delicious!

And this pumpkin pie was definitely the most delicious pumpkin pie I’ve ever had.  I believe pumpkin pie is one of the most difficult types of pie, because most of the time the pumpkin tastes processed.  The pumpkin in this pie tasted as God intended!

What made me giggle were the Pie Fries.  I call them Bang Bang Fries.  The availability is limited as they are made from the crust scraps after the pies are made.

And although the butter and jellies are for the biscuits Bang Bang sells, I used the Cherry Chai jelly and the Peach Butter on my Pie Fries (although they are just as good plain).

Bang Bang is located in Logan Square in Chicago.  It is just a handful of blocks off of the Blue Line.

The Black List August 2011

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Custom Cake

With all of the cooking and baking shows, the flexibility of having a cake created to perfectly reflect your style and theme is definitely a reality.  And with so much talent in the Twin Cities, you don’t have to travel far to be able to have your cake and eat it, too.

Gateaux created this intricate designed cake for a wedding designed by b. Inspired Events.  Photo by Studio 306.

This design by Country Cake Cupboard is both sophisticated and whimiscal.  Photo by Kelly Brown Weddings.

Light and airy, Country Cake Cupboard made this adorable cake for a wedding designed by Mother of the Bride.  Photo by Olive Juice Studios.

Gateaux made this cake to match perfectly with Mi Mi Design’s overall wedding design.  Photo by Red Ribbon Studio.

 

And this one is one of my favorite cakes from Gateaux (maybe because I have a soft spot for our military).  Photo by Kelly Brown Weddings.