February 13, 2017

14 Places to Find Amazing Cupcakes in St. Louis

Don't worry about jumping on the trend bandwagon when it comes to cupcakes -- the fact is, they're delicious and a genius tactic for portion control, too. Thankfully, St. Louis has no shortage of bakeries serving up these delectable treats, and we've gathered up thirteen of our favorites to share with you. Whether it's your birthday, an anniversary, or you simply survived a work day, there's always something to celebrate -- and therefore, always a reason for cupcakes. So dig in at one of these fantastic cupcake shops and enjoy.

Don't worry about jumping on the trend bandwagon when it comes to cupcakes -- the fact is, they're delicious and a genius tactic for portion control, too. Thankfully, St. Louis has no shortage of bakeries serving up these delectable treats, and we've gathered up thirteen of our favorites to share with you. Whether it's your birthday, an anniversary, or you simply survived a work day, there's always something to celebrate -- and therefore, always a reason for cupcakes. So dig in at one of these fantastic cupcake shops and enjoy.

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14 Places to Find Amazing Cupcakes in St. Louis
Baby Kakez
3305 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Previously a gym, this storefront across from Saint Louis University is now home to stellar desserts. Baby Kakez is the brainchild of Michelle Jones, whose love of baking initially began as a hobby. Now, her bakery serves cupcakes as well as popcorn, "kakes," "kake slices," cake pop bouquets and "Pretzel Nibs." You can read more about it here. Photo by Sarah Fenske.
Baby Kakez
3305 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Previously a gym, this storefront across from Saint Louis University is now home to stellar desserts. Baby Kakez is the brainchild of Michelle Jones, whose love of baking initially began as a hobby. Now, her bakery serves cupcakes as well as popcorn, "kakes," "kake slices," cake pop bouquets and "Pretzel Nibs." You can read more about it here. Photo by Sarah Fenske.
Jilly's Cupcake Bar
8509 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63124
(314) 993-5455
One of the first cupcake-centric spots in St. Louis, Jilly's Cupcake Bar has gained national attention thanks to its victory on the popular Food Network show Cupcake Wars. The cupcakes here aren't decorated so much as crafted, a cityscape of spangled buttercream towers like something out of a child's storybook. Whether you try one of the regular favorites (the "Chocolate Thunder," anyone?) or a seasonal cupcake, you're sure to fall in love. RFT photo.
Jilly's Cupcake Bar
8509 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63124
(314) 993-5455

One of the first cupcake-centric spots in St. Louis, Jilly's Cupcake Bar has gained national attention thanks to its victory on the popular Food Network show Cupcake Wars. The cupcakes here aren't decorated so much as crafted, a cityscape of spangled buttercream towers like something out of a child's storybook. Whether you try one of the regular favorites (the "Chocolate Thunder," anyone?) or a seasonal cupcake, you're sure to fall in love. RFT photo.
Contrary Cupcakes
4904 Devonshire Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63109
(314) 797-8128
Cupcake-stuffed strawberries sound like the stuff of dreams, but they're a real thing thanks to Contrary Cupcakes. Opened in Southampton in 2016, this mini cupcakery offers top sellers such as "Pancakes & Bacon," red velvet and gooey butter cake, as well as lemonade, chocolate peppermint and birthday cake flavored cupcakes. As for the cupcake-stuffed strawberries? Those are made by crumbling up red velvet and cream cheese cupcakes, putting them inside hollowed strawberries, then dipping them in chocolate. Heaven indeed. Photo by Sarah Fenske.
Contrary Cupcakes
4904 Devonshire Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63109
(314) 797-8128

Cupcake-stuffed strawberries sound like the stuff of dreams, but they're a real thing thanks to Contrary Cupcakes. Opened in Southampton in 2016, this mini cupcakery offers top sellers such as "Pancakes & Bacon," red velvet and gooey butter cake, as well as lemonade, chocolate peppermint and birthday cake flavored cupcakes. As for the cupcake-stuffed strawberries? Those are made by crumbling up red velvet and cream cheese cupcakes, putting them inside hollowed strawberries, then dipping them in chocolate. Heaven indeed. Photo by Sarah Fenske.
Sarah's Cake Shop
10 Clarkson Wilson Center
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636) 728-1140
You may have gotten to know Sarah’s through its two food trucks, which regularly attend area events such as Food Truck Friday. But Sarah’s also has a storefront in Chesterfield, and you should definitely pay a visit. Cupcake flavors range from classics such as red velvet and triple chocolate to specialty cupcakes that are available on specific days of the week, like cookie dough and “milk and cereal.” Mini cupcakes are also on offer on Mondays. No matter which combination of treats you choose, however, it’s sure to be delicious. Photo courtesy of Instagram / liar.lion.
Sarah's Cake Shop
10 Clarkson Wilson Center
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636) 728-1140

You may have gotten to know Sarah’s through its two food trucks, which regularly attend area events such as Food Truck Friday. But Sarah’s also has a storefront in Chesterfield, and you should definitely pay a visit. Cupcake flavors range from classics such as red velvet and triple chocolate to specialty cupcakes that are available on specific days of the week, like cookie dough and “milk and cereal.” Mini cupcakes are also on offer on Mondays. No matter which combination of treats you choose, however, it’s sure to be delicious. Photo courtesy of Instagram / liar.lion.
SweetArt
2203 S. 39th St.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 771-4278
You can celebrate the cupcakes at this funky little south city cafe for being made without any trans fats, artificial flavors or high-fructose corn syrup. Or you can just celebrate the fact that they are delicious little morsels of heaven. Whether you like traditional flavors or something as fruit-forward as the vegan pineapple upside-down cupcake, you're bound to find a new favorite here. And if you're seeking a vegan or gluten-free cupcake, look no further: SweetArt offers two or three different vegan cupcakes and one gluten-free flavor daily. Photo by Kholood Eid.
SweetArt
2203 S. 39th St.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 771-4278

You can celebrate the cupcakes at this funky little south city cafe for being made without any trans fats, artificial flavors or high-fructose corn syrup. Or you can just celebrate the fact that they are delicious little morsels of heaven. Whether you like traditional flavors or something as fruit-forward as the vegan pineapple upside-down cupcake, you're bound to find a new favorite here. And if you're seeking a vegan or gluten-free cupcake, look no further: SweetArt offers two or three different vegan cupcakes and one gluten-free flavor daily. Photo by Kholood Eid.
Pint Size Bakery
3133 Watson Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63139
(314) 645-7142
This adorable cafe often has a line out the door on Saturdays, when salted caramel croissants are available. The cupcakes are just as wonderful, and they come in both regular and mini varieties. Flavors regularly include double chocolate and double vanilla bean, and other flavors such as dulce de leche, nutella and chocolate chip are known to grace the menu. Pint Size bakes its small batches from scratch every day -- and you can tell when you try one (or several) of its delectable treats. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
Pint Size Bakery
3133 Watson Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63139
(314) 645-7142

This adorable cafe often has a line out the door on Saturdays, when salted caramel croissants are available. The cupcakes are just as wonderful, and they come in both regular and mini varieties. Flavors regularly include double chocolate and double vanilla bean, and other flavors such as dulce de leche, nutella and chocolate chip are known to grace the menu. Pint Size bakes its small batches from scratch every day -- and you can tell when you try one (or several) of its delectable treats. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
The Cup
Locations in Edwardsville and The Central West End
Cupcakes from The Cup are exactly what cupcakes should be. They're pretty, inexpensive and, most important, deliciously light and fluffy -- moist of cake and sugary of dissolve-on-your-tongue buttercream icing. Eating one modest-size cupcake will not leaving you feeling on the verge of a diabetic coma, but rather euphoric and satisfied. A wide variety of flavors appeal to a mouth full of sweet teeth, from the rich and chocolaty "tuxedo" to the fruity "strawberries 'n' cream." With seasonal, limited and special featured flavors, the variety is always changing. Photo by Ian Froeb.
The Cup
Locations in Edwardsville and The Central West End

Cupcakes from The Cup are exactly what cupcakes should be. They're pretty, inexpensive and, most important, deliciously light and fluffy -- moist of cake and sugary of dissolve-on-your-tongue buttercream icing. Eating one modest-size cupcake will not leaving you feeling on the verge of a diabetic coma, but rather euphoric and satisfied. A wide variety of flavors appeal to a mouth full of sweet teeth, from the rich and chocolaty "tuxedo" to the fruity "strawberries 'n' cream." With seasonal, limited and special featured flavors, the variety is always changing. Photo by Ian Froeb.
The Sweet Divine
1801 S. 9th St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(636) 942-2900
Also a food truck favorite, The Sweet Divine is so good that its treats have won Food Network's Cupcake Wars. The list of cupcake flavors is full of variety, including flavors such as Boston cream pie, pink lemonade, banana split and even "Drunken Pig" (a Newcastle Beer and sharp cheddar cheese cupcake topped with sharp cheddar cream cheese frosting and bacon). Sadly, The Sweet Divine is in the process of rehabbing following a fire in 2016. Stay tuned for details about reopening! Photo courtesy of The Sweet Divine.
The Sweet Divine
1801 S. 9th St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(636) 942-2900

Also a food truck favorite, The Sweet Divine is so good that its treats have won Food Network's Cupcake Wars. The list of cupcake flavors is full of variety, including flavors such as Boston cream pie, pink lemonade, banana split and even "Drunken Pig" (a Newcastle Beer and sharp cheddar cheese cupcake topped with sharp cheddar cream cheese frosting and bacon). Sadly, The Sweet Divine is in the process of rehabbing following a fire in 2016. Stay tuned for details about reopening! Photo courtesy of The Sweet Divine.
Whisk: a Sustainable Bakeshop
2201 Cherokee St.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 932-5166
This shop on Cherokee Street specializes in all-natural, mostly organic treats. Baked fresh daily, the ever-changing menu includes desserts such as brownies, cookies, scones, pop tartlets, quickbread and, yes, cupcakes. Call ahead to see what Whisk is serving that day -- and be sure to put the popular salty caramel cupcake on your food bucket list. Photo by Mabel Suen.
Whisk: a Sustainable Bakeshop
2201 Cherokee St.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 932-5166

This shop on Cherokee Street specializes in all-natural, mostly organic treats. Baked fresh daily, the ever-changing menu includes desserts such as brownies, cookies, scones, pop tartlets, quickbread and, yes, cupcakes. Call ahead to see what Whisk is serving that day -- and be sure to put the popular salty caramel cupcake on your food bucket list. Photo by Mabel Suen.