MSP- vegan wedding cake?
I'll be getting married in Minneapolis this summer, and I was hoping that someone might have suggestions for a good place to get a vegan wedding cake. I actually grew up in Mpls., but have been living in the Southwest for the last 10 years, so I have very little idea of what sort of bakeries make vegan cakes in the metro area (aside from Whole Foods). Obviously, the midwest isn't the easiest place to find a non-dairy cake :), so we aren't too picky as to style (that is, it doesn't need to be super-fancy), but are there any suggestions?
If you're looking for someone to do food beyond the cake (it sounds like you've already gotten some great suggestions on that front), I can't say enough about how fantastic Chowgirls are. They're super-friendly, ultra-accommodating; I used them for my wedding last year and couldn't have been happier. I know they do a lot of vegetarian/vegan events, and even "green" weddings. And best of all, the food is delish!
i second the wedge rec. great vegan baked goods. you might also want to try the hard times' vegan bakers, i'm not sure if they do big cakes or only smaller baked goods. . . bravo!'s cakes are beautiful & unique, but in the first thread about them i looked at their menu, and a "vegan honey cake" was listed. since vegans don't eat honey, i was concerned about the actual "veganness" of their cakes, and i would caution to have an open dialogue w bravo! about your requirements re: honey, sugar, etc. if you decide to go w them. french meadow does some great vegan cakes and brownies, they can sometimes (most times) be wonderful to work with and other times flaky!-- i think it's getting better though. the fabulous "cheese"cake at spoonriver is actually vegan, last i checked (though they keep this a secret).
Congratulations on your wedding! As TDQ says, Bravo Bakery in St. Paul can definitely do vegan cakes. Their web site shows some BEAUTIFUL cakes that would make a big impression at a wedding.
Other places to check: French Meadow Bakery and Birchwood Cafe - both are bakery/cafes that have significant amounts of vegetarian (and vegan) food. But make sure to check on the sugar issue (I believe, vaguely, that some sugar isn't vegan).
3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
1106 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
2610 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Congratulations! How about Bravo Bakery in St. Paul? http://bravobakery.net/default.aspx Click on the "other cake photos" to see pictures. I love the fruit topped ones--so gorgeous. (Ugh! The photos aren't coming up very smoothly right now--maybe only one of every 5 photos comes up. I hope you have better luck viewing the pictures with your browser...I think it helps to be patient and just let them cycle through a couple of times and they will eventually all load).
Call Sheela at Miel y Leche (link below). She makes absolutely beautiful, delicious cupcakes; she can make them vegan upon request and will also do full-size cakes in the same flavors. I had a selection of cupcakes at my birthday party in October and people are STILL talking about them!