Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.
"The general vision I've always had is to offer sweet treats that are vegan, but not typical. Or boring. Stimulating, you might say. Pushing ideas. Pushing flavors," says baker Lauren Holste, who started Stimulus Baking Company five years ago as an excuse to share her innovative desserts to the masses.
Stimulus Baking Company's Pad-Thai cupcake. | Photos by Mabel Suen
For years her home creations found their way to south-city events, and into the hands of family and friends. Thanks to Lulu's Local Eatery (3201 South Grand; 314-357-7717), where Holste works as a line cook, the general public can now get a taste of Stimulus' sweets nearly any day of the week. Choose from cake flavors such as "Root-Beer Float" and "Salted-Caramel Cashew," or keep an eye out for the one that really put a signature spin on it all: the "Pad-Thai Cupcake."
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