Showing posts with label awards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label awards. Show all posts

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!


Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Image by Becca Dilley

Have you seen the latest head to head tasting on Heavy Table? I felt so honored that Cocoa & Fig was chosen as a top cupcake bakery in Minneapolis! Awesome to be named in a category with the city's finest: Franklin Street Bakery, Cupcake Cafe, Sweets Bakeshop, Cake Eater Bakery & The Salty Tart. You can read the full story here.

Image by Becca Dilley

Cocoa & Fig wins top rating for our Valrhona Chocolate Cupcake!

Flavor 3.75
Moistness / Texture 3.7
Frosting-to-Cake Ratio 3.15
Total 3.53

Cocoa & Fig’s Valrhona Chocolate variety, our winner in the chocolate category, won almost universal praise for the flavor of its chocolate buttercream, but the panel was divided on whether the towering topping was too much for the amount of cake hidden below the surface. “Swoon!” reported one taster, while another noted that it had “a bit too much frosting, but this cake is nice and dense.”

Image by Becca Dilley

Our Irish Car Bomb Cupcake Created Mixed Reviews:

Flavor 3.4
Moistness / Texture 3.4
Frosting-to-Cake Ratio 2.6
Total 3.13

The Irish Car Bomb proved to be the most polarizing cupcake of the bunch — the liqueur-infused frosting was too much for many, while others said it had a “lovely flavor,” was “surprisingly better than I thought it would be,” and was a “fave — love the alcohol!”

I think we learned something important: Our customers would like less icing on their cupcakes. We hear you loud & clear and we're making that change today!

Thanks for all your wonderful and continued support of our dream!


Monday, March 8, 2010


From Inspiration To Reality

We had the great pleasure of working with some of the most talented wedding vendors in the Twin Cities on a recent photo shoot. Style Me Pretty, THE wedding resource site for brides, has on ongoing feature called "From Inspiration To Reality". You can read all about the process here.

Our Inspiration Board was designed by the talented Annie Packman:

We are tickled pink that this whimsical shoot was featured on Style Me Pretty. Here are a few photos that made the cut, but you should really check out the whole spread by clicking here, here, and here. I apologize for the multiple links, but there are so many unbelievable photos and all were captured by the amazing Maribeth from Red Ribbon Studio.

Photo Credits: Red Ribbon Studio

Huge shout out to the folks that made this all possible:

Flowers: Just Bloomed
Invites: Paperista
Photos: Red Ribbon Studio
Jewelry: JWP Jewelry
Location: Sugar Sugar
Handbags: Nelle Handbags
Linens: Apres
Dresses: Flutter Boutique
Bridal Gown: Posh
Hair & Makeup: Nan Fletcher
Bride & Groom: Jenna and Erik

Thanks everyone! We feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with such amazing people in the Twin Cities. Big Hugs!


Friday, February 19, 2010


Photo by Kathleen Stoehr

Cocoa & Fig comes to Gaviidae Commons

Cocoa & Fig, the Shakopee-based catering and special events company famous for its high-design cupcakes, cookies and French macarons, opened a retail location last weekend in Gaviidae Commons. The quaint little patisserie — only 230 square feet — squeezes in next to Juut on the second-story skyway level of the Saks Wing of the Commons. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

The retail space — Cocoa & Fig’s first ever — will operate as a specialty bakery, with emphasis on high-end baked goods and coffee in the morning, said owner Laurie Pyle. Pyle hinted at a partnership with Bull Run Coffee Roasting Company, the connoisseur brewers known for taking an exquisitely refined approach to the cup of Joe.

In the afternoons, the store will operate mostly as a dessert boutique, Pyle said, although she would like to introduce a line of specialty, locally sourced sandwiches and soups. Such lunch items may be available in a month, she said.

A grand opening is tentatively planned for March.

Gregory J. Scott


Friday, February 5, 2010


Taking the Cake in Gaviidae Common

By Rick Nelson, Star Tribune

Coming next week to downtown Minneapolis: a permanent location for Cocoa & Fig (

Co-owners Laurie Pyle and Joe Lin have been on the lookout for a retail outpost to expand their catering and farmers market operations, and finally found one on the skyway level of Gaviidae Common, a small storefront that most recently housed Groveland Confections.

"It's a big growth for us, in a tiny space," said Pyle. "But it's a good location for testing the waters and seeing how retail works for us."

Pyle and Lin are partnering with St. Louis Park-based Bull Run Roasting Co. for drip coffees (no espresso, since nearby Caribou Coffee has a mallwide non-compete) and plan to serve quiche and breakfast pastries, including muffins, scones and their fabulous cream cheese-Nutella brioche.

At lunch, the menu will switch to tarts, galettes, macaroons, cookies and brownie-like bouchons. Look for eye-catching cupcakes and 6-inch three-layer cakes made in a variety of flavors, from almond cake with caramel buttercream to chocolate with coffee-mocha icing, plus a popular item from the C&F catering menu: dessert "shooters" in 2-oz. shot glasses, including triple chocolate mousse and Key lime pie. (I'm still baking the recipe Pyle formulated for Taste in October 2009 to help celebrate the section's 40th anniversary.)

Further down the road, Pyle said, she hopes to partner with Rustica (3220 W. Lake St., Mpls.,, using the bakery's breads to produce made-to-order sandwiches in the shop's cramped kitchen. Most of the store's inventory will be produced in the C&F kitchen in Shakopee.

When farmers market season returns in late April, the duo plans to return to Saturdays at the Prior Lake Farmers Market as well as weekends at the Minneapolis Farmers Market and Thursdays at its branch on Nicollet Mall. "We're thinking of this as an extension of what we've been doing at farmers markets," Pyle said.

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