Edit ModuleShow Tags

Copper Hen Cakery to Bring Late Night, Farm-to-Table Desserts to South Minneapolis


Published:

Photo by L&E Photography

Southside Minneapolis has something sweet to look forward to this spring. Copper Hen Cakery will be arriving in early April and plans on being a nightspot that offers up fresh, local, farm-to-table desserts, a small house menu, wine, beer, and coffee.

Behind Copper Hen is husband and wife duo, Chris and Danielle Bjorling. Chis hails from Madison, Wisconsin. He moved to Minneapolis for school and is now a certified public accountant. Danielle grew up baking scratch-made desserts in her mother’s kitchen. She started taking baking classes when she was 14, and while working as a nanny, she has been baking for weddings and events on the side. The couple resides in South Minneapolis, where they hope to open the Copper Hen.

Although much of the financing is already in place, the duo recently exceeded their $10,000 Kickstarter goal, which will allow them to buy the bakery oven they need, among other things.

Chris and Danielle Bjorling

Danielle and Chris Bjorling plan on opening Copper Hen in April 2014

Copper Hen’s small, house menu will feature classic dishes like chicken pot pie, but based on the descriptions of their signature dessert items, you might end up ordering dessert first.

Danielle thinks that their “breakfast cupcake” will be the star of the show, featuring fresh blueberries and bacon that are hand-placed inside individual buttery crumble cakes. The whole works will be topped with cream cheese frosting and maple syrup.

“But the best, by far, is my red velvet cake,” says Danielle.

She says customers are particularly fond of her red velvet cake made with buttermilk, cocoa powder, and a touch of vinegar that adds a certain complexity to the somewhat predictable sweet treat. She says you’ll likely find her in the kitchen at Copper Hen hand shredding carrots for her raisin-free carrot cake, or fixing scratch-made hand pies.

Copper Hen also plans to offer traditional layered cakes for weddings and other events. Danielle explains that for those clients they want to offer something “different from the traditional," Copper Hen will offer hand-made cake alternatives like Mason jar cakes or slab pies.

Copper Hen Cake

Copper Hen's cakes will be made entirely of natural ingredients (Photo: L&E photography)

Danielle says you won’t find shortening or margarine in her baked goods or frostings. She’ll be using butter, and plenty of it. Copper Hen plans to source their butter, along with eggs, dairy products, whole wheat, berries, fruits, coffee, wine, and beer locally. They’ll offer all-natural frosting dyes and sprinkles–made with vegetable colorants instead of synthetics. They’ll also offer vegetarian and gluten-free options, including bread.

They explain that Copper Hen intends to have later hours than most traditional bakeries.

“We'll close at 10pm, so you can come here for dessert after dinner,” says Chris. “Have a glass of wine and a dessert.”

Danielle excitedly explains “Do you want dessert first?" might be their tagline. In that case, you might to add Copper Hen to your spring nightspot list now.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

How Restaurant Alma Got Its Signature Flavor Profile

Unlocking the building blocks to Restaurant Alma's subtle, delicious cuisine

Fanning the Flames: Bananas Foster Recipe

A flick of a flame brings it all together—warm, buttery sweet sauce melted over healthy bananas and refreshing ice cream.

What Do You Know About Portuguese Wine?

You probably know nothing, which is why Twin Cities Wine Geek Week is for you
Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Minnesota Monthly's Taste Blog answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rhutton@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Taste Blog

How Restaurant Alma Got Its Signature Flavor Profile

Unlocking the building blocks to Restaurant Alma's subtle, delicious cuisine

Fanning the Flames: Bananas Foster Recipe

A flick of a flame brings it all together—warm, buttery sweet sauce melted over healthy bananas and refreshing ice cream.

What Do You Know About Portuguese Wine?

You probably know nothing, which is why Twin Cities Wine Geek Week is for you

Grilled Coffee-Molasses Brined Pork Chops with a Coffee Rub Recipe

Get juicy pork from brining while adding a mysterious flavor with sweet savory seasoning and a rub

Haute Dish, Victory 44, Rustica at MOA—all closed. Why?

The summer—and this past weekend especially—has been tough on Twin Cities restaurants. Is it (future) minimum wage hike or location?

Spilling the Beans: What I Learned From 5 Minneapolis Coffee Shops In 3 Hours

These are the best drinks from cafe favs on the Twin Cities Caffeine Crawl this year—plus sophisticated brewing methods and tidbits of coffee trivia
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Dream Job Alert

Not all berries are created equal. Each year, a few lucky berry lovers get to participate in Driscoll’s flavor tests.

Greek Wheat Berry Salad with Oregano Chicken and Halloumi Cheese Recipe

A medley of flavors and textures keep salad season interesting

Driscoll's Fun Facts

In the 100+ years of growing perfect berries, Driscoll’s has learned just about everything there is to know about how to get perfect into that little basket.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags