When the cupcake trend (finally) invaded St. Louis three years ago, the Cup (known then as the Cupcakery) was at the vanguard. Today, there are several cupcake-centric bakeries in St. Louis, but the Cup -- specifically, its Lemon Drop cupcake -- remains my favorite.
The Cup's cupcakes (all of them, not just the Lemon Drop) are superb for two reasons. One, attention is paid not only to the buttercream frosting but to the cake itself, which is moist and flavorful. Second, the frosting is attractive but not out-of-control. The ratio of buttercream to cake is ideal.
The Lemon Drop appeals to me for its simplicity of flavor: lemon candy, lemon buttercream, lemon cake and, at its center, a lemon filling. This is sweetened lemon, of course, but with enough of lemon's natural citric character to make the cupcake indulgent without being cloying.
28 South Maryland Plaza
$2.75I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.
Previously:#57: Pupusas at Tres Banderas#58: Gumbo at the Gumbo Shop#59: The burger at Newstead Tower Public House#60: Quesadillas tradicionales at Milagro Modern Mexican#61: "7th Street Sicilian" Po' Boy at Blues City Deli#62: Tamales at Taqueria la Pasadita#63: Ćevapi at Bosna Gold#64: Lemon meringue and pine nut torte at BitterSweet Bakery#65: Chile Morita con Puerco at Señor Pique#66: Soda chanh duong (sparkling lemonade) at Lemon Grass#67: Nachos grande at Nachomama's#68: Pizza with pepperoni, sausage and mushroom at Pizza-a-Go-Go#69: Bill's "Burger Meister Burger" at Cardwell's at the Plaza#70: Sake (salmon) nigiri sushi at Nobu's Japanese Restaurant