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The Cup -- known as the Cupcakery until July 2010 -- offers the Platonic ideal of the beloved birthday-party cupcakes of your childhood: perfect cake, moist and flavorful, topped with luscious buttercream. The best cupcake on the regular menu is the "Peanut Butter Cup," whose peanut-butter buttercream tastes exactly like the peanut-butter filling of its namesake candy -- and it comes with a piece of that candy on top. Each week brings one or two special cupcakes. Keep your eyes open for the "Lemon Drop" and "Red Velvet Cake" in particular. Though not as elaborate as some gourmet cupcakes, the Cup's masterpieces are simply divine.
Guess where we sipped this piscojito, a riff on a classic mojito, and win $25 to the Cup (28 South Maryland Plaza; 314-367-6111). Hint: We threw this fresh cocktail back at a newly opened restaurant a... More »
Guess where we ate loaded potato chips topped with Provel cheese, bacon and ranch dressing and right in time for Valentine's Day win $25 to the Cup (28 South Maryland Plaza; 314-367-6111)! Hint: We di... More »
Gut Check is getting into the Halloween spirit thanks to this altogether spooky cupcake. Just guess where it came from and win $20 to Haveli Indian Restaurant (9720 Page Avenue, Overland; 314-423-7300... More »
Guess where we ate this cupcake and win $25 to Flaco's Cocina (8400 Delmar Boulevard; 314-395-4343). Rules: To be eligible, you must leave a valid e-mail address (or Twitter handle or Facebook profil... More »
The Cup was the first shop in town to embrace the cupcake trend -- and own it. Since opening in 2007 (as the Cupcakery), this Central West End "gourmet cupcake bakery" has toiled to distill the essence of what a cupcake should be. With seven "classic" flavors served daily and more than a dozen limited edition/seasonal/featured flavors, the Cup elevates the humble cupcake while -- and this is crucial -- maintaining its simplicity. From the moist cake that almost instantly melts... More »
Cupcakes from the Cup are exactly what cupcakes should be. They're pretty, clean, 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... More »
Shhh. Be very, very quiet. We're hunting for rare variations of the elusive cakeus minimus, better known as the cupcake, and we've been told that cozy Central West End shop the Cupcakery is the place to find them. Wait -- there! Did you see that? That was a Tuxedo, whose distinguishing feature is a mini chocolate-cream cookie perched atop a layer of pillowy vanilla buttercream. Ah -- and there went a Peanut Butter Cup! It's known by its tan, nutty buttercream and crumbles of peanut... More »
It's been years -- years -- since other urban dwellers have benefited from the cupcake craze launched by New York City's famed Magnolia Bakery. Now, at last, cupcakes take St. Louis, with thanks to baker Nicole Panepinto. She and co-owner Ericka Frank have enjoyed several years of success with special orders at Frank's Dogtown bakery, the Cakery, and decided to stuff the masses at their new location, a cheery nook with a patio behind Maryland Plaza in the Central West End. The fluffy... More »
Shhh. Be very, very quiet. We're hunting for rare variations of the elusive cakeus minimus, better known as the cupcake, and we've been told that cozy Central West End shop the Cupcakery is the place to find them. Wait — there! Did you see that? That was a Tuxedo, whose distinguishing feature is a mini chocolate-cream cookie perched atop a layer of pillowy vanilla buttercream. Ah — and there went a Peanut Butter Cup! It's known by its tan, nutty buttercream and crumbles of peanut butter/chocolate candy, as well as for its uncommonly rich dark chocolate cake. And if you see a Strawberries 'n' Cream, please tell us — it only appears 'round these parts about once a month, but its berry sweetness melts away in airy puffs of glittering sugar. Rarer species such as Pumpkin Harvest emerge even more sporadically, making them that much more desirable — and forget trying to lasso an Island Dream & Grasshopper; its essence of mint is so strong that it's not even found in the wild, but in a separate, contained environment within the store. You're better off trying to nab a common species like Double Chocolate, whose spongy, moist cake and milky buttercream converge in a heavenly cocoa explosion.
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