Wedding planning can be stressful. The months leading up to the wedding with planning, bridal showers, luncheons, registering, taking marriage classes and so on is a lot. Why not let some of the stress out and let someone, like one of these bakeries, help you design and create the perfect cake for your big day? These venues have it all figured out as they have years and years of combined experience in the biz. They know what’s hot (ombre designs, ruffles and minimalism) and what’s not (too much sugary frosting).

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(credit: Sweet Retreat)

(credit: Sweet Retreat)

The Sweet Retreat
5013 France Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 353-6230

Something that has been en vogue as of late is cake pops and cupcakes in lieu of a traditional wedding cake, and The Sweet Retreat on France in Minneapolis has them mastered. Robin Johnson opened the little bakery just three short years ago and has been spreading her joy of sweets through cakes, cupcakes and beyond ever since. Her clients will tell you that they are pleased with her delicate flavors and beautiful designs. Oh yeah, and being voted #1 Cupcake in Minneapolis by City Pages doesn’t hurt.

The Cake Diva
955 Mackubin S.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55117
(612) 998-9592

If you’re looking for an alternative or something for a specific dining palate, The Cake Diva is the place for you. Here, you’ll find sweet treats available in vegan, dairy free, gluten free and nut free. This bakery uses the finest ingredients including organic eggs, European chocolates and slow-churned butter. Awarded Wedding Wire’s ‘Brides’ Choice’ in 2011 and 2012, this bakery offers high fashion wedding cakes and ultra-custom grooms’ cakes. If cakes aren’t really your thing, no need to fret; The Cake Diva has you covered. It offers elegant macaroons, shortbreads, cake pops and mini pies and tarts as well.

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(credit: Queen of Cakes)

Queen of Cakes
7104 Amundson Ave.
Edina, MN 55439
(952) 942-7628

The Queen of Cakes can proudly hold the name “Queen of Cakes”. If it truly is a cake you’re after, you’re likely to find it here. Not only does this shop bake cakes that are jam-packed with flavor, it decorate its cakes to a level that’s out of this world. Spun sugar used to decorate a cake? Queen of Cakes can make it. Found a cake inspiration that looks like the cake is wrapped in edible lace? No problem. Got a crazy idea for a groom’s cake that will knock their socks off? This place will do it. This Edina bakery has been baking cakes and creating memories for years. Its next bakery adventure might be yours!

Gateaux Inc.
15705 35th Ave. N.
Plymouth, MN 55447
(763) 577-9815

Robin Martin, the cake master over at Gateaux Inc. in Plymouth, really knows what she’s doing. On behalf of Better Crocker, she baked Betty White’s 90th birthday cake. If that doesn’t impress you, her cakes have been mentioned in the likes of these magazines: In Style Weddings, Minnesota Bride, Brides and many more. Gateaux really knows how to provide its clients with something that can’t found anywhere else. Each and every one of its cakes is a work of art, which is why it made this list.

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(credit: Thinkstock)

How Sweet It Is
320 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 349-9423

How Sweet It Is has a simple motto: it should not only look beautiful, but should also taste fantastic. This is clear when you’ve had one of its desserts, cakes or breads. Eileen Brown of How Sweet It Is uses only the freshest and highest quality ingredients in her baking. If you’re looking for a cake alternative for your upcoming nuptials, this place offers pies, cookies, tarts and dipped strawberries. This little bakery in Duluth has gained some notoriety and has even been awarded a Best of Weddings in the Dessert Category 2013 by The Knot, a magazine and online wedding planner.

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Amber Ranzau lives on the edge of Uptown in Minneapolis and is a gal about town. She frequents the local restaurant scene, loves to support new and local businesses, follows the latest and greatest fashion and design trends, and she does all of this while working as an interior designer, spending time with her man, The Specialist, and taking care of her two goldfish Felix and Petunia and their tankmate Huey the Snail. Her work can be found at