Photo by Liz Banfield
One of the most valuable pieces of advice I’ve received during the wedding planning process was this: Don’t make it more stressful than it needs to be. If you fall in love with a dress, don’t keep looking for “something better, just in case.” Once you decide on a color scheme, don’t change it because you’re worried your silverware will clash with your gold chargers (this was literally a thought I had a few weeks back). Believe me, if you second-guess yourself with every decision, you will drive yourself—and your fiancé—crazy.
We applied this stress-free, common-sense logic to choosing a dessert caterer, and it was probably the easiest decision so far: I wanted Cocoa & Fig. Done. That was it. We didn’t even consider anyone else.
I’ve been a Cocoa & Fig fanatic ever since I started working downtown about three years ago. My office is just a short walk through the skyway to their Minneapolis location, so I would say I’m there almost every other week (I’m eating one of their salted caramel macarons as I type). Even so, I had no idea how many delicious creations they could whip up before we went in for the tasting.
At first, we were pretty certain we wanted to do a dessert bar, filled with goodies like macarons, cake pops, cupcakes, cookies, and the like. We thought it would be unique and different. But when I told my parents about the idea, my dad brought up a very good point: When else in our lives will we get to have an elaborate, multi-tiered cake? Good point. A traditional cake it is!
We thought the tasting would be a fun activity to do with the moms, so a few days before Christmas, we stopped into Cocoa & Fig’s Edina location to meet with dessert coordinator Lauren. Based on earlier conversations we had with her, she had already pulled together a plate of cupcakes for us to sample and get an idea of the flavors and quality we could expect from their products. (Spoiler: Everything we tried was delicious!)
Cake tasting at Cocoa & Fig.
Tasting both conservative (vanilla and chocolate) and “out there” flavors (pink champagne and lemon raspberry), we took notes and honed in on some of our favorites, but we don’t have to make a final decision until the wedding gets a little closer. Lauren recommended selecting two flavors for our four-tiered cake, so we’re leaning toward a chocolate and pumpkin option (in keeping with our wedding “theme” and season) for guests. The design will most likely feature white buttercream with navy accents. Simple and sweet.
My inspiration board.
Since we decided to forgo the dessert bar, Cocoa & Fig is also creating adorable favors for our guests to take home at the end of the night—but I’ll keep those a surprise for now.