The black sheep of the dessert dynasty, pastries have long been considered pariahs 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, redeemable at six locations: Robbinsdale, Wayzata, St. Paul, or Downtown, Edina, or Uptown in Minneapolis.
The family-owned Wuollet Bakery has been subduing sweet teeth with sugary cakes, pastries, and breads since 1944. Dabble in delicacies such as the Svenska torte, built with a split layer of génoise, filled with oodles of vanilla custard, and topped with a dollop of whipped cream and toasted almonds ($26). A full line of customizable cakes complements birthdays, weddings, and surprise building demolitions. Holiday-themed cakes can be custom-ordered every season, such as a St. Patrick's Day 10-inch round soufflé cake ($77), available in a variety of flavors, such as devil's food, pumped full of grasshopper-cream (crème de menthe) filling and iced with a verdant whipped topping.
Break or brazenly gnaw apart bread in the form of flaky baguettes ($4.25/half-pound loaf) or the house fougasse ($9.85), a soft, pretzel-esque bread baked with rosemary and garlic and then rolled in olive oil and coarse salt. Meanwhile, the large selection of pastries entices passerby, leaving sticky fingers and satisfied smirks in their wake.
In 1944, Reino Wuollet opened a small bakery where he prepared fresh bread each day. More than 70 years later, his humble shop has grown into five 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.