Battle Cupcake!

Ian binges on cupcakes from Jilly's and the Cupcakery -- and lives to write about it.

The frosting, while not as elaborate as Jilly's, is terrific. In truth, its simplicity is a virtue. The "Confetti" is the Platonic ideal of the birthday-party cupcake, French vanilla cake topped with luscious vanilla buttercream and, naturally, sprinkles (or "jimmies," as my wife insists on calling them). Likewise, the "Gold Rush" is yellow cake with chocolate buttercream, topped with a small tuile, while the "Double Chocolate" is dark chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream. Both are simple, but divine.

My favorite of the regular cupcakes is the "Peanut Butter Cup," dark chocolate cake topped with peanut-butter buttercream that tastes exactly like the peanut butter inside a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Pieces of an actual peanut-butter cup are crumbled over the frosting.

In spite of the fact that I'd already been fitted for my wedding suit, I tried not one, not two, but three of the Cupcakery's special cupcakes. The "Mocha Cappuccino" is chocolate cake topped with a silky cappuccino buttercream and a chocolate-covered espresso bean, which added a welcome depth of flavor to the sweet dessert. Likewise, the tart lemon candy atop the "Lemon Drop" cupcake was the perfect foil for the lemon buttercream (more like mild Meyer lemon than everyday lemon).

Location Info


The Cup-Central West End

28 S. Maryland Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63108

Category: Restaurant > Dessert

Region: St. Louis - Central West End


Jilly's Cupcake Bar: Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. (Closed Mon.)

The Cupcakery: Hours: 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. (Closed Sun.)

Jilly's Cupcake Bar: 8509 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-993-5455.
The Cupcakery: 28 Maryland Plaza, 314-367-6111.

The holy grail was the "Red Velvet Cake," an alluring mixture of rich, lightly cocoa-flavored cake and cream-cheese frosting. The only thing that could have improved it might have been a Mellowcreme pumpkin on top. Or maybe I'm just weird that way.

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