I had last Saturday’s date marked on my calendar for weeks—it wasn’t going to be just any ordinary October 1, it was the opening day of Magnolia Bakery in the Windy City! I got in line about two hours after it opened its doors, and was pleasantly surprised that I only waited about 15 minutes to get inside (a friend and I shamelessly spent about 90 minutes in line when Sprinkles debuted in Chicago last year.)
Of course, I had to get a cupcake as soon as I spotted these…50 cents of each one purchased goes toward breast cancer research.
The cake had a fresh vanilla taste but the real star was the frosting—I’m a sucker for sprinkles (especially pink nonpareils) and a pinch of sanding sugar on top added a little crunch that I was quite fond of. I also picked up a mini apple crisp for my sweets-averse boyfriend Derrick, which he admitted he liked.
Up until two years ago, New York brides had exclusive rights to Magnolia Bakery for their wedding cakes, cupcakes and favors. But the company has recently added a store in Dubai and in LA, and last weekend’s opening marks the fourth location of the shop made famous by Sex and the City.
Magnolia’s wedding packages include custom cupcakes, dessert tables and favors of packaged cookies or cupcake boxes. If you’re looking for a sophisticated fondant creation, this might not be the bakery for you—Magnolia’s cakes and cupcakes have a traditional, just-baked-in-your-mom’s-oven look and are decorated with simple buttercream or icing and a few sprinkles.
As the main dessert at a wedding, they’d be perfect for a relaxed, casual affair, a rustic-themed event or a country occasion. As favors, packaged in customized boxes (which run from $3.50 to $6 a piece), Magnolia’s cupcakes are thoughtful sweet treats with homemade appeal for parting guests that can fit into any wedding theme.
Hosting a fall wedding? Check out these flavors:
- Pumpkin pecan cake with maple cream cheese icing topped with toasted pecans
- Gingerbread cake with vanilla bean meringue buttercream
- Honey graham cake with chocolate filling and meringue icing
I know I’ll be back for some of this later this month…
Besides their incredible skills in the kitchen, the people behind Magnolia have a serious flair for interior decorating. How charming are these??
About Kelsey Bjelland
Kelsey is a professional journalist, web producer, aspiring event stylist and baker extraordinaire. After taking the plunge and moving from rural Montana to downtown Chicago in 2009, she took an internship at a local bridal magazine. Shortly after, she discovered her two loves—the wedding scene and a boy from Alabama. Those experiences inspired her to launch Pearls & Frosting, a dual-function website dedicated to connecting wedding vendors to share business advice and to providing intimate profiles of those vendors to future brides. By day, Kelsey is an assistant editor for several management consulting publications, a freelance magazine writer and a self-professed Pinterest addict. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University.