The Thirsty Whale

Custom Bakery

Laura  &  Kaylee

​These ladies started with us in late summer 2018, and have made incredible strides in learning the ins and outs of the business. Both of them are working full time and in school - so they are no strangers to hard work!

Laura is usually helping out in the kitchen, doing the prep work for our decorating team, making buttercream, or setting up our walk-in cakes and cupcakes.

Kaylee is typically the face of our store front on the weekends. She has a bright smile and is always jumping in to help wherever anyone needs it!


Tomorrow, July 11th 2016, our website goes live.  It's still a work in progress and you can definitely expect to see more photos and an expanded product list in the future, but we are ready to go and can receive orders online!

We've chosen our new home away from home, City Food Studio in Minneapolis.  We'll be doing all of our baking and decorating from this commercial kitchen until we open our own doors. So exciting!

Speaking of exciting, we also have big news coming about some local markets that we will be joining this month!  Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages - we will have some fun promotions coming along with announcements of where you can find us around the metro!

<3 The Thirsty Whale Crew

Our storefront at 4149 Fremont Ave N in Minneapolis is open the following hours:

Monday... Closed (Sorry - we need to sleep sometimes.)

Tuesday... Closed, but available for pickups & appointments

Wednesday... 6:30am to 6pm

Thursday... 6:30am to 6pm

Friday... 6:30am to 6pm

Saturday... 7am to 3pm

Sunday... 7am to 1pm

Amber Settlemire

Amber is 26 years young and has been baking professionally for 4 years. She is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and is an award winning baker a few times over.

When Amber isn't whipping up pastries she loves hanging out with her dog George and kicking back to watch Sherlock and Harry Potter.

Jen Lehman


Happy New Year!  We hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday season and start to 2017.  We wrapped up our first Holidazzle season on December 23rd, which was a fun new experience.  We met a lot of amazing people and really appreciate those of you who came out to support us!  As we enter the "slow season", our focus has shifted back to opening the storefront.  If all goes as planned, we'll be opening sometime this March at a location we've chosen in Robbinsdale, MN.

The Upper Midwest Baker's Association has announced that it's yearly competition will be held in St. Cloud on March 4th and 5th.  Megan and Kyle have both taken home awards from this competition in the past, so we're hoping to really make a statement this year!

Remember to keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages, plus you can now follow us on Instagram too!  Megan puts up lots of photos of her amazing cakes and hopefully soon we'll be showing sneak peaks of the construction process!

Again, we are so incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported us, cheered us on, and offered guidance along the way.  Thank you, thank you, thank you... We wouldn't be able to do this if it weren't for you.

​<3 The Thirsty Whale Crew

Megan Bignell

Megan is a 24 year old graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and has been working as a professional, award winning Pastry Chef for several years. You may have seen her work in Minnesota Bride or American Decorator. She specializes in extreme custom cakes (think 3D dragon climbing up the side of a castle - she literally did that once... check out the gallery).  If you can dream it, Meg will find a way to make it. And it will taste delicious, too!

As the founder of the Thirsty Whale, Megan is the creative energy that keeps the shop going. She's always looking for a new way to break the rules and push the limits. Our best advice? Order a cake and let her take some creative liberties. You will not be disappointed!

In her free time, Meg likes spending time with her dog (Zita) and cat (Chyp), going to concerts, hiking, and painting.

Kyle Baker

Kyle has been in the industry for close to 10 years and has pretty much done it all.  He started out making donuts and has since worked as a cook, a baker, a decorator (Megan's apprentice, in fact!), and even a bakery manager.  You could say he's a jack of all trades.

Kyle is our donut man and general "get shit done" guy at the Thirsty Whale. He lifts heavy stuff and keeps everyone on track.  Because he can pretty much do it all, you'll probably see him doing something different every day!

In his free time Kyle enjoys playing guitar, getting tattoos, and taking naps.

Thirsty Whale News

The Thirsty Whale is an award winning custom bakery in Minneapolis, MN founded by nationally recognized pastry chef Megan Bignell.  Megan and team create beautiful cakes, cupcakes, fresh donuts, cookies, and a rotating variety of pastries available for walk in purchase Wednesday through Sunday every week.  She also accepts custom orders and is ready to take on even your toughest design challenges!


We have now had our store front in North Minneapolis open for nearly 5 months; we are continually reminded that we made the right choice opening where we did! And, judging by the last entry to this webpage - we've been a little busy! Wedding season is in full swing right now and sometimes we feel like we are still trying to adjust to this rapid growth. 

After our appearances on Kare11, The Food Network, WCCO, The Jason Show, and a few Star Tribune articles, we gained so many loyal customers and fans; it was truly remarkable to have that kind of local support. Many of you are keeping in touch with us via facebook and instagram, and for that we thank you. 

Remember, If you are planning to place an order - especially for weekends during wedding season - we usually need 2+ weeks notice...For those of you who have tried to order, but were turned down because we were already booked up, please understand we just want to make sure we can accommodate the orders we've already taken and maintain our commitment of quality to all of our customers! Don't give up on us, and please try to order with us for your next event! :)

​<3 The Thirsty Whale Crew


The Donut Crew

While you are sleeping, these guys are preparing breakfast for the office! As some of you know, working overnight is not an easy task, but these guys are working it to turn out the best donuts in the state!

Ryan has been with us from the opening of our Fremont store. He's always working up something to try, and striving to learn more. If you've got a favorite Baker's Special, this is the guy you can thank!



Today we announce the official launch of The Thirsty Whale Bakery in Minneapolis, MN.  Locally renowned pastry chefs Megan Bignell and Kyle Baker have come together to bring you some of the most artistically impressive and delicious custom creations you've never imagined.

The Thirsty Whale is now accepting orders for custom cakes, cookies, and other sweet treats, as well as reservations for wedding bookings.  We look forward to bringing you even more treats and surprises when we open our physical location this coming Fall 2016!

We'd like to thank you all for your support as we continue on this journey.  We couldn't do it without you!

About the Bakery

Meet the Crew

So why "The Thirsty Whale"? Funny story. Once upon a time, Megan was on her annual "girl trip" with her sister, mom and grandma. This one was a Caribbean cruise.

When their ship pulled into port in Belize City, the ladies ventured out into the blistering Caribbean sun for some shopping and touristy stuff. After a few hours the heat got to be too much and they decided to take a break. They happened upon a lovely little open air bar called The Wet Lizard and spent the afternoon enjoying some daquiris and calamari. 

Later that day, back on the ship, the daquiris kicked in!  Mom danced on the bed singing Bruce Springstein songs and Grandma rolled on the bed kicking her legs in the air.  They both raved about how great the bar had been and insisted they should return someday.  But what was it called?  The Thirsty Lizard?  The Wet Whale? No no... The Thirsty Whale!

So thanks, Grandma.  And shout out to The Wet Lizard in Belize.