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Make It a Sinfully Delicious Valentine’s Day – Jilly’s Cupcakes

Jilly's Cupcakes, St. Louis, MO

Be Decadent with Jilly’s Cupcakes

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Jilly’s Cupcakes – Each year around Valentine’s Day, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “Valentine.”  It’s actually one of the most unoriginal holidays throughout the year.  And by that, I’m talking about the predictable gifts people give as a symbol of their affection.

So, if you’re seriously looking to impress and earn some serious Brownie points, here’s a great suggestion.

Give the gift of Jilly’s Gourmet Cupcakes during this month especially set aside for “love.”  Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Café is a 2 time winner and 3 time contestant on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, a winner of the American Culinary Federation Award of Excellence for 2014, and named by USA Today as one of the top 10 places to get a gourmet cupcake in the nation.

Each February Cupcake has its own special way of conveying affection, devotion, and passion and, yes, love.  The Coffee Toffee Gooey Butter expresses “have a weakness for”, Champagne and Roses- “to be devoted to”, Chocolate Covered Strawberry- “be in love with”, Brownie Love- “have a thing about”, Island Passion- “find irresistible”, and Grand Marnier Crème Brulee- “to hold dear”.

February Cupcakes of the Month:

Coffee Toffee Gooey Butter– Coffee Toffee Gooey Butter Cake topped with Espresso Buttercream & Dulce de Leche Caramel Swirl & Toffee Bits

Champagne and Roses– Vanilla Cake stuffed with Champagne Chocolate Ganache topped with White Chocolate Buttercream Rose

Chocolate Covered Strawberry– Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Mousse topped with Chocolate & Strawberry Buttercreams with Chocolate Curls & Fresh Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Brownie Love– Chocolate Cake stuffed with Chocolate Mousse & Chocolate Chips topped with Chocolate Fudge Icing Edged with Oreo Crumbs, Marshmallow Buttercream, Ganache Swirl & Chocolate Dipped Brownie

Island Passion– Coconut Cake stuffed with Brown Sugar Roasted Pineapple topped with Passion Fruit Cream Cheese Frosting with Coconut Shreds & White Chocolate Sunburst

Grand Marnier Crème Brulee– Almond Orange Cake stuffed with Grand Marnier Crème Brulee and topped with Vanilla Bean & Orange Buttercreams with a Caramelized Sugar Crunch & Candied Orange

Whether you’re looking for a “Specialty Holiday” cupcake, one of their famous “Everyday Delights” cupcakes, or a fanciful and inspired “Monthly Cupcake”- you won’t be disappointed!

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café

8509 Delmar Boulevard

St. Louis, MO 63124

Phone: (314) 993-JILLY (5455)

Hours: Mon-Sat: Cupcakes 9 a.m. – 6-ish p.m. (while the cupcakes last)
Sunday: Cupcakes 9 a.m. – 4-ish p.m. (while the cupcakes last)
Lunch- Mon.-Sun. 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

A Miracle on Delmar Blvd – Jilly’s Cupcake Bar

Jilly's Cupcake Bar

Bring in the Holiday’s with Jilly’s Cupcake Bar

St. Louis, MO/December 6, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) Jilly’s Cupcake Bar – About a month ago I wrote an article about my Top Five Cupcakes in St. Louis.  I’m a secret cupcake junkie so it was one of my favorite articles to write.  Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Café, located at 8509 Delmar Blvd, made the top of my list.  I also noticed that it also made our Top 10 St. Louis Bakeries list back in September.

Why does Jilly’s keep making its way into my articles, as if it’s part of a subliminal message resting just below the threshold of my consciousness?  Hmmm….I think I have it figured out.  I believe it’s quite simply the fact that there are NO other cupcakes can hold a candle to one of Jilly’s!

Video courtesy of Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café, St. Louis, MO

My theory was confirmed when I stopped in yesterday and tasted one of her seasonal holiday masterpieces, the Merry Cranberry Gooey Butter.  If Michelangelo were alive, he would be in awe.  This work of art is a perfectly formed creation of the moistest Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake iced with decadent White Chocolate Buttercream and a Vanilla Glaze Drizzle, and a dusting of Powdered Sugar and topped with incredible Candied Cranberries.

If by some very slight chance you haven’t heard of Jilly’s Cupcake bar and Café, they are a 2 time winner and 3 time contestant on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.  USA Today named them one of the top 10 spots to get a gourmet cupcake in the nation, and they even won the American Culinary Federation Award of Excellence for 2014.

If you aren’t quite in the Christmas spirit yet this year, perhaps due to the warm weather late in the fall, I guarantee you a trip to Jilly’s and a couple bites of one of these holiday miracles will help get you in the mood.  I want extra good gifts under my tree this year, so I’m leaving Santa a very special “Merry Cranberry Gooey Butter Cupcake” 😉

Whether it’s one of their 9 Classic Cupcakes available every day, a Monthly Creation or a Customized Order, you will definitely not be disappointed.  The Cupcakes come in 3 sizes:  Gourmet 8 oz, Standard 5 oz, Mini 2 oz. Also, be sure and all so try their amazing soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps.‏

Classic Cupcakes: Twisted Pink Velvet, Bee Sting, Reese’s Chunkage, Turtle Cheesecake, Missylicious, Chocolate Thunder, 24-Karat Carrot Cake, Ka-BOOMM, and Simply Iced.

The five other awesome CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY flavors:

Rockin’ Hot Chocolate: Chocolate Cake with Marshmallow Crème, topped with Cocoa Buttercream edged in Cocoa Sugar with a dollop of Whipped Cream, Mini Marshmallows & a Chocolate Straw

Ginger-Doodle: Gingerbread Snickerdoodle Cake with Cinnamon & Sugar Mousse Stuffing, topped with Cinnamon & Sugar Buttercream edged in Gingerbread Streusel with a dollop of Vanilla Buttercream & a Gingerbread Cookie

Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake: Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake with an Oreo Crust, White Chocolate Mousse filling, topped with Peppermint & Vanilla Buttercreams with a dusting of Crushed Peppermint Candies, Sanding Sugar & a White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Santa’s Spiked Coffee Nog (contains alcohol): Rum Soaked Vanilla & Coffee Swirl with Egg Nog Crème filling, topped with Cream Cheese Icing & Coffee Rum Buttercream with Chocolate Wafer Pearls & Gold Dust

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Gooey Butter: Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake topped with Brown Sugar Molasses Buttercream with a Chocolate Drizzle, dusting of Powdered Sugar and an Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffle

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Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Café

8509 Delmar Blvd (map)

St. Louis, MO 63124

Phone: (314) 993-5455

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Hours:

Monday thru Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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My Top Five Favorite St. Louis Cupcake Shops – Cupcakes

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) A cupcake is a cupcake is a cupcake…or so they say.  But is it?  After taking a look at some of the highest rated by Trip Advisor, and listening to several different friends opinions, I looked a little closer to see how each one differed from the rest.  And cupcakes are definitely one of my favorite topics, so I decided to write about my five favorite St. Louis Cupcakes!

Gourmet cupcakes have been all the rage across the country for some time.  Some 1/2-pound creations, can cost anywhere from $4.50 to $6.50, but can be considered a meal in itself.  There are excellent cupcakes out there that are a bit less expensive and will keep your sweet tooth craving for more.

Two of my favorite cupcake stops made our top 10 St Louis Bakery list back in September.  Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe came in at #4 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 142 reviews resulting in a 4.5 Star rating and The Cup ranked #7 of 63 bakeries in St. Louis with 28 reviews resulting in a 5 Star rating.

1) Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Café, located at 8509 Delmar Blvd, is a 2 time winner and 3 time contestant on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.  They can also boast of winning the American Culinary Federation Award of Excellence for 2014.  And as if that wasn’t impressive enough, USA Today named them one of the top 10 places to get a gourmet cupcake in the nation.  So needless to say, their cupcakes ROCK!  Besides the obvious mouthwatering fresh rich taste, they come in different sizes and start around $4.75.  Jilly’s can create a special cupcake for any event, whether you’re looking for zoo animals, teddy bears or cartoon figures.  You can also now purchase their custom cupcakes at Dierbergs.  My personal favorite is none other than The Chocolate Thunder.  This masterpiece is chocolate cake, stuffed with dark chocolate ganache, with milk chocolate and vanilla buttercream, chocolate shavings and chocolate bark. No calories there…lol.

2) The Cup and the Cakery, located at 28 Maryland Plz, has won my heart for a very long time.  These cupcakes are moist and delicious and are iced with some of the best buttercream icing that I’ve ever had.  They are simply addicting!  Although the classic Red Velvet Cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting & red velvet crumble is right there at the top, in the fall, their Pumpkin Spice Cake with cinnamon buttercream & Kakao autumn bark is pretty hard to pass up.  Prices can range from $2-5 for a cupcake depending on the type ordered.  And best of all, no matter where you live, you won’t have to travel that far since they now operate two other locations, one in Chesterfield and one in Edwardsville.

3) The Sweet Divine, located at 1801 S 9th St., couldn’t have a better name to describe what they make.  These cupcakes melt in your mouth!  What’s really nice here is that if you’re on a diet and shouldn’t be buying a cupcake, you can purchase a mini cupcake and feel a little less guilty.  They sell minis, regular & jumbo sized cupcakes topped with either buttercream or fondant starting at $1.50 and going up to $5.00 for a jumbo treat.  I have a couple personal favorites here and it’s always so hard to decide between the two.  The first is their scrumptious White Chocolate Raspberry.  This beauty is a vanilla & white chocolate chip cupcake with a raspberry filling, raspberry buttercream, topped with white chocolate.  The second is the decadent Banana Split.  This is a banana cupcake with pineapple filling, strawberry buttercream, chocolate drizzle, topped with nuts & maraschino cherry on top. In 2011, the company launched a cupcake truck called “Georgie,” so if you’re lucky you can buy one of these jewels right out on the street.

4) Sweet Art, located at 2203 S 39th St, is another of my guiltiest pleasures.  This funky quaint south city cafe may not make cupcakes as fancy as some of the other shops, but they lack nothing in taste and are well worth every penny.  They’re made out of the same batter as their cakes.  No hard decision here on my favorite and when you try it, you’ll know what I mean.  It’s the Chocolate Salted Caramel.  It’s the perfect mix of their tantalizing chocolate cake topped with two different types of salted caramel buttercream frosting topped with a drizzle of house-made caramel and a sprinkle of fleur de sel. What I also especially like about this shop is that they also make a point out of catering to those with dietary restrictions.  You can celebrate cupcakes made without any transfats, artificial flavors or high-fructose corn syrup.  They usually always have 2-3 vegan cupcake flavors available daily and one gluten-free flavor.  The cost is $1.25 for a mini, $3 for a single and $33 for a dozen, $15 for a mini dozen, $4 for gluten-free and they’re baked from scratch every single day.

5) Cose Dolci Bakery, located at 425 S. Florissant Road, rounds out my top five favorite cupcake shops.  Cose Dolci, means “sweet things” in Italian, and is a boutique bakery specializing in desserts made the old-fashioned way…by using only the best natural ingredients.  Their cupcakes are rich and creamy and have an authentic taste.  For me, the Carrot Cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting wins hands down!  It is sinfully delicious.  And although some customers might think that a plain vanilla cupcake with vanilla icing might be seen as boring, they’ve got that recipe mastered to perfection.  Cupcakes at this shop are fairly inexpensive and, most important, deliciously light and fluffy.  They’re priced at $1.50 for a regular and $3.00 for a jumbo cupcake.