The black sheep of the dessert dynasty, pastries have long been outcast for their decadent behavior and penchant for jelly smuggling. Aid and abet confectionary crime with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of baked goods at Wuollet Bakery. Choose from one of five locations: Robbinsdale, Wayzata, St. Paul, or Uptown or Edina in Minneapolis.
With more than 30 family members contributing their manpower today, family-owned Wuollet Bakery has been subduing sweet teeth with sugary cakes, pastries, and breads since 1944. Bakery bigwigs dabble in dessert sequencing and interpretive dance, inspiring delicacies such as the Svenska torte, built with a split layer of genoise, filled with oodles of vanilla custard, and topped with a dollop of whipped cream and toasted almonds ($26).
Elf architects coordinate the construction of frosting artwork with a full line of customizable cakes for birthdays, weddings, or building demolitions. Holiday-themed cakes make their debut every season, such as the St. Patrick's Day grasshopper soufflé bar, a devil's-food cake pumped full of grasshopper cream filling and iced with a verdant whipped topping. Breaking bread with friends or sledgehammers is an aromatic experience thanks to flaky baguettes ($4.35) or the house fougasse, a soft, pretzel-esqsue bread baked with rosemary and garlic and then rolled in olive oil and coarse salt ($9.85). The large selection of pastries entices passerby, leaving only sticky fingers and satisfied smirks in their wake.
TripAdvisor named the Wuollet Bakery Wayzata location #1 out of 34 restaurants in Wayzata. Examiner.com, All Access Travel Minnesota, and Michael Rivers: The Blog all positively reviewed various Wuollet Bakery locations. Twelve Yelpers give the St. Paul location an average of four stars, and five Citysearchers give it a 4.5-star average.
- The array of cakes, pastries, tarts and breads is vast and delightful. – Lisa Patrin, Wayzata location, Examiner.com
- The baked goods were wonderful It's not a surprise that Wuollets has been open for over 65 years! – Michael Rivers, Minneapolis 50th Street location, Michael Rivers: The Blog
In 1944, Reino Wuollet opened a small bakery where he prepared fresh bread each day. More than 65 years later, his humble shop has grown into six locations where 30 or so family members tinker over cakes, pastries, and pies. Wedding and other occasion cakes are one of their specialties; flavors such as chocolate mousse and Lady Baltimore can be coated with marzipan, buttercream frosting, or fondant in an impressive array of custom designs. Of course, they still bake breads: an international selection of loaves includes baguettes, challah, Swedish lympa, Irish soda bread, and buns shaped into busts of United Nations delegates.