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Thursday, June 3, 2010

DeRusha Eats: The Prettiest Birthday Cake Ever

You love your wife, right? Or your husband? Or your boyfriend? Or your mistress? Clearly, you love someone. I hope.

And when that special, beloved individual has a birthday, that person deserves better than a cheap cake from Costco (unless that person is my soon-to-be 5-year-old, who is getting a cheap cake from Costco).

When my wife had her birthday a couple weeks ago, I called up one of the top pastry chefs in the country. Because she works just down the road.

Michelle Gayer was nominated for a national James Beard Award—the only nominee who runs her own bakery instead of working in a fancy restaurant. The Salty Tart is inside the wonderful Midtown Global Market.

And check this beauty out:




This is a vanilla bean cake with white chocolate frosting. The topping: fresh blueberries and dried lemons. Stunningly beautiful. Inside: lemon and blueberry fillings. And yes, it was as delicious as it looks.
 



I just called the main phone number and Michelle asked me if I wanted chocolate or fruit, and I told her to come up with something cool. She did. I called with about a week's notice, but I don't think you even need that much.

It served about 8 to 10. Cost: $38. And worth every penny.

So step it up, people. Go buy a special cake.

The Salty Tart

920 East Lake St., Mpls.
saltytart.com, 612-874-9206

Posted on Thursday, June 3, 2010 in Permalink

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Jun 3, 2010 02:46 pm
 Posted by  Girl Detective

I called Michelle a few days before my birthday this year, and we brainstormed on a dark chocolate cake with unwhipped ganache and orange curd. She ended up making it with bergamot oranges, so it smelled and tasted divine. Picture is here.

http://www.girldetective.net/?p=3295

Jun 3, 2010 10:03 pm
 Posted by  Emmysue

Weird. Just before reading this I was eating the red wine buttercream icing off a raspberry-filled cupcake from Salty Tart and thinking "From now until the end of time, it should be a law that buttercream icing be made with red wine."

Jun 3, 2010 11:03 pm
 Posted by  Jason DeRusha

Red wine buttercream - that sounds insanely good. I'm a believer that all things are made better with red wine... I'll have to go over and buy a cupcake now.

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