Cakes, cookies and pies, oh my! Who doesn’t love dessert? It’s the tastiest and most enjoyable part of any meal, and it rightfully deserves to be saved as the best for last. Chocolate wears the crown as my go-to sweet, while cupcakes come in at a close second. Do you fancy my top picks, or are you just looking to indulge in something sugary? My advice is to fill up at one of these St. Louis favorites —they’ll make you scrape your plate and put a smile on your face.
1401 St. Louis Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63106
Open since 1913, Crown Candy Kitchen is “one of St. Louis’ oldest and most popular attractions,” according to the Kitchen’s website. Here you’ll find a host of homemade goodies ranging from toffee bricks to the beloved “Fire Chief Special,” which is made with two scoops of ice cream (blended in the shop’s antique copper candy kettle, of course), drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with strawberries, sliced bananas, crushed nuts, whole pecans, whipped cream and a cherry. Savor the love that has been added into every confection offered on Mondays through Thursdays between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays between 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. and on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
4224 South Grand Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63111
St. Louis, MO 63109
Have you tried an infamous yellow cup of Ted Drewes? Differentiated from traditional ice cream by its use of less air, the smooth and creamy texture of frozen custard makes for the perfect way to end any warm day. Made customizable with a variety of flavors and toppings, Ted Drewes pleases the masses. You can even choose from a menu of specialty items if strawberry shortcakes and cookie sandwiches are more your thing. Whatever the case is, two locations are open daily to satisfy your cravings.
2641 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, MO 63118
Prepare to say goodbye to any preconceived ideas of what an ice cream cake ought to look and taste like because I Scream Cakes has been challenging the status quo for quite some time now. The bakery prides itself on incorporating only natural flavors, organic eggs, milk, sugar and butter into their products, so what you see not only appears to be better, but it’s also better for you. Stop settling for your grocer’s rendition of cake and ice cream – place your order now!
St. Louis, MO 63109
Every city has its staple foods, and for St. Louis, gooey butter cake, well, it takes the cake. The legend of this unique treat states that “a baker put too much sugar in a regular butter cake [and] not wanting to waste the cake, he simply mixed in additional ingredients,” explains Gooey Louie’s official website. Just one bite, and you too will become a fan of Mr. Gooey Louie, the cake that was voted as the best “Goo in the Lou” and featured on the Food Network. Go and witness firsthand how a St. Louis classic is crafted. Both stores are open Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
8509 Delmar Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63124
There are so many great things to say about Jilly’s! Even before its win on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, I was a frequent admirer of the bakery’s gourmet creations. If how the miniature cakes are presented isn’t amazing enough, just wait until the moment your fork splits into one of their stuffed centers. In addition to cupcakes, Jilly’s new ice cream flavors are said to send you over the moon into euphoric delight. But it gets better: if you’re not near Jilly’s flagship location, they deliver! For more information, check out www.S2YD.com, or give the folks at Jilly’s a call.
By: Brianna Arps