Everyone has room for dessert. Whether it’s a fruit-filled treat or a delectable sweet that’s chocolate through and through, desserts are the crème de la crème of any meal. This seems to ring especially true in Edina where residents cheerfully embrace being called cake eaters. So, in a city filled with cute cupcake and bakery shops, take time to explore and support all of our local bakeries.
Taking the cake for many awards, Queen of Cakes offers customizable sweets for all occasions. Manager Christina Terri’s go-to sweet treat—carrot cake with cheesecake filling—proves that vegetables can be transformed into a delicious dessert. With customer favorites like the blush-colored pink Champagne cake and the chocolate cupcakes, it’s no wonder this bakery is a winner. 7027 Amundson Ave.; 952.942.7628
Desserts, pastries, breads, tarts, cakes … Patisserie Margo seems to have it all. If you can’t stop at their cute shop, look into their many catering options—they have something special for most every event. Bringing customers’ visions to life through the creation of beautiful custom cakes is a popular request; however, an in-store favorite dessert is Patisserie Margo’s colorful macaroons. They have flavors like caramel sea salt, pistachio white chocolate and vanilla latté—once you try one, you may not be able to stop! 4510 Valley View Road; 952.926.0548
A local business that has been family owned for three generations, Lunds & Byerlys is committed to treating its customers like family. It doesn’t have to be your birthday to indulge in the sweetness of the birthday cake cupcake, a popular pick among customers. Don’t forget to ask for a slice of manager Julie Cayer’s favorite sweet: French silk pie—“[The French silk pie] is creamy, it’s silky smooth, and it has the perfect sweetness to it.”
3945 W. 50th St.; 952.926.6833
Get your chocolate fix with Rustica’s bittersweet chocolate cookies, which have been ranked among the best in the country. Rustica is focused on creating unparalleled products through perfected old-world techniques. Stop by their new location at Southdale Center to pick up a flourless chocolate cookie, which is a personal favorite of Leah Reist, a manager at Rustica, because “it’s really rich and decadent.”
10 Southdale Center; 612.822.1119
“Once a cake eater, always a cake eater!” Sweet Retreat’s website embraces this playful nickname and has no shame in creating scrumptious goods for all its customers, especially us locals. Using only the freshest ingredients and baking treats from scratch daily, Sweet Retreat offers a variety of goodies. With delicious cupcakes like choczilla, red velvet and lemon chiffon, visitors are encouraged to indulge in this sweet goodness.
5013 France Ave. S; 612.353.6230
With 70 years in the baking biz, Wuollet is proud to be known as the area’s leading maker of wedding cakes. However, you don’t have to be wearing white to indulge in their sweet treats. From cupcakes and cookies to toast and croissants, Wuollet can decorate their desserts however you like. Stop by to get a glimpse (and a taste!) of their iconic Princess Torte decorated with a bold pistachio-green fondant.
3608 W. 50th St.; 612.922.4341
Patrick’s is determined to be one of the finest bakeries to the Twin Cities. In addition to selling sweets like macaroons, truffles, cakes and muffins, Patrick’s also serves hot breakfast, lunch and dinner. Finish off one of your meals with Patrick’s Cheesecake: a tasty combination of cheesecake mousse and raspberry jam, covered with white chocolate ganache and fresh raspberries. In the mood for something more chocolatey? Customers can’t go wrong when ordering the Feullantine praline chocolate cake. It’s an almond sponge cake with a hazelnut praline wafers and dark chocolate mousse, finished off with a covering of chocolate ganache. Southdale Square, 2928 W. 66th St.; 612.861.7570
Jerry’s Foods, “the Neighborhood Place,” has a one-stop bake shop that pulls shoppers in with its enticing aromas of freshly cooked loaves, sweet pies and pastries. The cake decorators are more than happy to lend their award-winning talents to create a delicious dessert that can complement any occasion. Trying their white cupcake with buttercream frosting is sure to delight your taste buds, and you can rest easy after knowing that Jerry’s Foods set itself apart through the care employees take when creating these mouth-watering treats in house. 5125 Vernon Ave. S; 952.929.2685