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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.

LET’S TALK CUPCAKES

Cupcakes

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.

COLD, CREAMY COMPETITION – TED DREWES

Ted Drewes

Ted Drewes Tops the List

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – As if this news will come as a surprise to any of us that have lived anywhere in the St. Louis Metropolitan area for any length of time… Ted Drewes is running for the No. 1 ice cream destination worldwide! Where at you wonder, since it’s ALREADY No.1 in most all the locals hearts and minds!  Well, this is according to the annual SoolNua World Ice Cream Index Challenge.

SoolNua is a World Ice Cream Index that mainly exists because there are such an incredibly large number of ice cream lovers in the world!  It only makes sense that there’s a place to go at the click of the mouse, to celebrate the creamy, luscious comfort food of those childhood years!  Sort of a “One Stop Shop” for recognizing the very best of the best leading ice cream worldwide.

There were over 25,000 votes cast in the 2015 competition, and now it’s time to determine who gets the rich, smooth, scrumptious 2016 treat title.  Currently, Ted Drewes is in first place, but the voting is open through Aug. 31st, which means your vote will count to make sure it stays at the top.

So when you go online to place that vote…just keep thinking about that Hawaiian Concrete, made with pineapple, macadamia nuts, and coconut, or the Page Cookie Dough Concrete topped with whipped cream, or the Christy Concrete of hot fudge, caramel and brownies.  Let’s face it…Ted Drewes will ALWAYS be our No 1.

Top 10 Best Dessert Spots in St. Louis, MO for July 2016

Top 10 Dessert Spots

Top 10 Dessert Spots in St. Louis, MO

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – If you have a sweet tooth, St. Louis has all kinds of delicious options for desserts. You might prefer a local specialty like frozen custard, the newest addition such as the “Boozy Ice,” or a favorite specialty cupcake. Whatever you’re craving, St. Louis has it covered!

They’ve been dishing out and baking up some of the best traditional, and some of the most lavish and creative desserts around. They’ve also been destroying even the most determined dieters with a touch of decadent elegance.

So whether you’re “All Shook Up” with Ted Drewes peanut-butter cups and banana concrete, opt out for Crown Candy Kitchen’s, “Johnny Rabbit special” — banana malt with whipped cream, nuts and nutmeg, or simply want to sit back and chill out at Baileys’ Chocolate Bar with their “to die for” buttercream and chocolate ganache, paired with one of their many chocolate martinis, you CAN’T go wrong!

Our Top 10 Dessert Spots in St. Louis, MO for July 2016 are:

1. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard – 6726 Chippewa, Saint Louis, MO 63109
2. Fountain on Locust – 3037 Locust ST, Saint Louis, MO 63103
3. Crown Candy Kitchen – 1401 Saint Louis Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63106-3920
4. Bailey’s Chocolate Bar– 1915 Park Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104-2536
5. Piccone Pastry – 6197 Delmar Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63112
6. Jilly’s Cupcake Bar and Cafe –8509 Delmar Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63124-2110
7. Ices Plain & Fancy – 2256 S 39th St, Saint Louis, MO 63110-4020
8. Gelato Di Riso –5204 Wilson Ave, St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO 63110
9. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – 389 N. Euclid Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108
10. Andy’s Frozen Custard – 311 S Kirkwood Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63122

Our list is compiled based on scanning a public database of customer reviews and ratings using the St. Louis, MO area.  We believe that it is the customers opinion, not our opinion, that matters.  Our list is determined solely by public opinion.

Contributing Editor: Kara Savio