The 8 Best Places for Cupcakes in St. Louis

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I come from a long line of folks who love sugar, and let’s just say that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. If you attend any of my family gatherings, the dessert selection might be more vast than the dinner food selection. I’m not mad about it.

My inherited sweet tooth has led me all around St. Louis to pursue the best desserts, and more specifically, cupcakes. It’s taken me a few years to vet the selection of cupcake shops, as there are quite a few of them!

Here are my choices for the 9 best cupcake shops in St. Louis.

Map of the Best Cupcakes in St. Louis

My personal favorite: Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe

USA Today named Jilly’s as one of the “Top 10 Places To Get a Cupcake in the Nation,” which is just one of many awards they have been given over the years. I definitely agree with USA Today, and I put my money where my mouth is. My husband and I unanimously chose Jilly’s to cater our wedding cupcakes. It wasn’t even up for discussion.

Located in University City, Jilly’s serves soups, sandwiches, salads, and ice cream. This shop has a selection of rotating treats, boozy cupcakes, and standard cupcakes. Most of them are infused with various kinds of filling, like caramel, whipped cream, or ganache.

My favorite is the Chocolate Thunder, a chocolate cupcake filled with dark chocolate ganache, iced with milk chocolate and vanilla buttercream, and topped with more chocolate. Yes, it is just as decadent as it sounds!

  • Address: 8509 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63124
  • Website: Cafe Menu

Best variety: Sarah’s Cake Shop

I used to work near Sarah’s Cake Shop, and believe me, it was a test of my willpower. With flavors like salted caramel, carrot cake, and triple chocolate, it was challenging to resist a mid-day cake break.

Besides a classic assortment of cupcakes, Sarah’s also creates many other treats, like cake pops, gooey butter cake, macarons, cookies, and mini-cheesecakes. There is a dessert option here for everyone!

Best gluten-free cupcake: The Cup

My gluten-free friends say it’s challenging to find good gluten-free bakery items, but The Cup knocks it out of the park. I have tried The Cup’s gluten-free and regular cupcakes, and I really couldn’t tell the difference between the two, which is usually not the case.

Gluten-free flavors include vanilla, tuxedo cake, and cookies and cream. The Cup also has a vegan chocolate cupcake.

If you’re not gluten-free or vegan, The Cup’s regular offerings are equally delicious and include several different flavors like strawberries and cream, peanut butter cup, and confetti. They also serve other sweet treats, like sugar cookies and gooey butter cake (a St. Louis staple!).

  • Address: 28 Maryland Plaza Rear, St. Louis, MO 63108
  • Website: The Cup

The freshest cupcakes: Pint-Size Bakery

If you’re looking for cupcakes that were made just a few hours ago, look no further. Located in South City, Pint-Size Bakery serves some of the freshest baked goods in the St. Louis area. This bakery is so popular that sometimes they run out of certain items, so you might as well stock up while you’re here.

Pint Size Bakery uses milk and cream from local dairy farmers, pasture-raised eggs, and real butter, so their cupcakes aren’t only freshly made, but they also include high-quality ingredients. Cupcake flavors are constantly rotating, and you can also order an assortment of cookies, muffins, brownies, scones, and coffee drinks.

Best atmosphere: The Sweet Divine

Nestled in the historic Soulard neighborhood, The Sweet Divine’s atmosphere is just as sweet as its cupcakes. A pink couch, romantic chandeliers, gold accents, and marble floors create an airy and adorable atmosphere.

I originally tried The Sweet Divine’s cupcakes at their baby pink food truck at an outdoor event, and they did not disappoint in the slightest. This bakery’s cupcakes are iced with homemade buttercream and fondant, and include flavors such as cookie dough, white chocolate strawberry, and pink champagne.

Most sustainable cupcakes: Whisk

Whisk’s mission is to be as sustainable as possible while also creating delicious bakery items. Located in the Cherokee-Lemp Historic District, this shop composts all of its food waste, utilizes local ingredients, and uses 90% recycled packaging.

Whisk’s menu rotates daily, but you can expect to find homemade pop tarts, brownies, scones, whoopie pies, and a selection of cupcakes. They also have a wide array of vegan pastries, from cupcakes to cookies.

Best French treats: La Patisserie Chouquette

Why go all the way to Paris when you can go to La Patisserie Chouquette? This chic bakery embraces a French atmosphere; the chandeliers and vintage furniture will make you feel as though you have been transported to Europe.

While you can get an assortment of cupcakes at La Patisserie Chouquette, you can also order macarons, various croissants, or quiche if you’re feeling more adventurous. There are also plenty of coffee drinks on the menu to pair with all of that international sweetness.

Best made-to-order cupcakes: The Cakery

Nestled in the Dogtown neighborhood, The Cakery has the same owners as The Cup, but specializes in made-to-order treats for events or weddings. While there are several ready-to-order cakes in stock, you can customize your cupcake, regular cake, or cookie order.

Whether you are planning an event or just want to take home an entire box of cupcakes, The Cakery is sure to please.