With flavors like Vintage Vanilla, Red Velvet and Carrot Cake, this bakery is the perfect spot for a classic cupcake topped with an airy buttercream. Located in Chesterfield Valley, it's a nice place to take a break from shopping, and its selection of basic flavors make it an easy choice for children. Be sure to plan ahead, as they close at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
Whipt Cream is located at 143 Chesterfield Towne Center, Chesterfield, Mo., 63005. Call 636-532-0020 for details.
The Bakery Shoppe
Cupcake connoisseurs in St. Charles County will love the cocktail cupcakes at The Bakery Shoppe in the O'Fallon Crossing Plaza on Hwy. K. Non-alcoholic concoctions include Mojito, Chocolate Martini, Cosmo and Fuzzy Navel. Their great service, fun and affordable selection, and nut-free products make this bakery a good choice for families.
The Bakery Shoppe is located at 2956 Highway K, O'Fallon, Mo., 63368. Call 636-294-4331 for details.
The Cup's evening hours and its location in the Central West End make it a great date-night destination for parents. Kids will enjoy watching friendly bakers decorate cupcakes and devouring fun and whimsical offerings, like the seasonal Mummy Wrap. Be sure to check The Cup's website for seasonal offerings.
The Cup has two locations in the metro area: 28 Maryland Plaza Rear, St. Louis, Mo. 63108, and 1057 Century Drive, Edwardsville, Ill., 62025. Call 314-367-6111 for details.
Sarah's Cake Shop and Catering Co.
Salted caramel, gooey butter, chocolate caramel pretzel ... Sarah's has a knack for taking popular cravings and baking them into tiny works of art. And what could be more hip than Sarah's signature Glitter Bites? Buying them from Sarah's Cake Stop food truck! This yellow and pink cupcake truck travels throughout the St. Louis area, and you can find its next stop by following the Cake Stop on Twitter.
Sarah's Cake Shop and Catering Co. is located at 10 Clarkson Wilson Centre, Chesterfield, MO 63017. Call 636-728-1140 for details.
Jilly's Cupcake Bar and Cafe
Jilly's recently earned a top spot on Food Network's "Cupcake Wars," so if it's good enough for the discriminating tastes of a renowned pastry chef, it's sure to pass muster with a finicky 4-year-old. Afterall, the Bee Sting -- a lemon cake filled with honey lemon curd and topped with lemon cream cheese, toasted almonds and a lemon candy dust -- truly is the bee's knees. Recently expanded and remodeled, Jilly's is located near Delmar and I-170.
Jilly's Cupcake Bar and Cafe is located at 8509 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 63124. Call 314-993-5455 for details.
Pictured: The Monster cupcake from The Cup stares down hungry kids. The mint chocolate chip cake with vanilla and chocolate mint buttercream is available through Halloween for $3.25.
Kathy Deters has a background in politics and public relations and continues to do freelance writing and editing, everything from magazine articles to screenplays. Originally from Jefferson City, Kathy is a transplant to St. Charles County and has enjoyed discovering all that St. Louis has to offer through the eyes of her three children.From the calendar