Stimulus Baking Company's Pad-Thai Cupcake: A Unique Vegan-Friendly Treat

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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.

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Stimulus Baking Company's Pad-Thai cupcake. | Photos by Mabel Suen
"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.

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."

See also: First Look: Lulu's Local Eatery

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La Bonne Bouchée's Strawberry-Mousseline Cake: A Fruit-Filled Local Favorite

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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.

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La Bonne Bouchee's strawberry-mousseline cake. | Photos by Mabel Suen
"If I lined up each strawberry-mousseline cake we've made over the years end to end, they'd probably stretch all the way around the world!" says chef-owner Olivier Leguet in a charming French accent. Since 1981, Leguet has crafted this delicate yet decadent dessert in the kitchen at La Bonne Bouchée (12344 Olive Boulevard; 314-576-6606) -- French for "the good bite" -- and the demand never lets up. With a staff of 40, he creates a brimming pastry case every day in his Parisian patisserie, using at least 800 pounds of strawberries every week to fill and top his trademark cake.

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Pie Oh My's Pumpkin-Maple Pecan Pie: A Slice of the Holiday Season

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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.

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Pie Oh My's pumpkin-maple pecan pie. | Photos by Mabel Suen
It's no surprise that the holidays are the busiest time of the year for shops like Pie Oh My (2719 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-704-4416). For Thanksgiving, owner Jane Callahan and her hardworking staff baked a total of 600 pies for special orders. For Christmas, Callahan came up with even more seasonal twists on her specialty pastries for folks to take home. In addition to traditional options -- including apple and chocolate-bourbon pecan -- pie lovers can find eggnog cream, cranberry cream cheese, and perhaps the most quintessential flavor combination of all: pumpkin-maple pecan pie.

See also: First Look: Pie Oh My

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Annie Moons' Banana-Split Muffins: Tasty Cakes with a Side of Comic Books

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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.

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Annie Moons' banana split muffin. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Annie Moons (4001 Utah Street; 314-296-3300) set roots in Tower Grove South in June 2013, serving up from-scratch sandwiches, baked goods, coffee and eventually, even comic books. Co-owner Roxanne Cypret offers something a little different every day out of her kitchen for the cafe's counter top, but visitors can expect to find variations on classic grab-and-go treats including scones, cookies the size of your head, and petite quick-bread cakes we can't get enough of: Annie Moons' muffins.

See also: First Look: Annie Moons Bakery and Café's Bite-Sized Breakfast, Lunch and Baked Goods in Tower Grove South

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Cyrano's Carrot Cake: A Decadent Classic Dessert Perfect for Two Forks

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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.

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Pastry chef Carolyn Downs' carrot cake. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Since 2003 Cyrano's (603 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-963-3232) has served up housemade sweets at its Webster Groves cafe so good that they've been named best desserts in RFT's best of St. Louis in both 2010 and 2013. There, guests will find everything from co-owner and pastry chef Carolyn Downs' flaming ice-cream desserts and root-beer floats to cream-filled profiteroles and warm bread pudding. To Downs, however, the mainstay of the menu manifests in simple yet decadent tortes, such as her carrot cake.

See also: Sugarfire Pie's Brand New Shop: A Sweet Slice of the Fifties in Olivette

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Whitebox Eatery's Cheese Pastry: A Lighter Take On A Traditional Breakfast Treat

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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.

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Pastries come in sweet and savory varieties at Whitebox Eatery. | Photos by Mabel Suen
At Whitebox Eatery (176 Carondelet Plaza; 314-862-2802), brunch is key, and no brunch would be complete without a little something sweet to feed a hearty appetite. Pastry chef Jamie Hardesty's cheese pastry sates that craving without laying it on too heavily. Her lighter take on the traditional breakfast treat awaits in the pastry case daily alongside a variety of other options including savory tarts, muffins, cookies and more.

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Comet Coffee's Mousse Cakes: Gluten-Free Tortes With Distinctive Fruit Fillings

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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.

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Comet Coffee's flourless chocolate-raspberry torte. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Since opening in August 2012, Comet Coffee (5708 Oakland; 314-932-7770) has offered up tasty little counterparts to pair with its meticulously hand-brewed, single-origin coffee roasts from around the globe -- everything from sweet breakfast treats to croissants stuffed with Salume Beddu meats. During weekends, however, visitors can look forward to something a touch more decadent to go with that blissful cup of joe: slices of light and airy mousse cake stacked with rich layers of carefully prepared fillings.

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Whisk's Apple-Cinnamon "Pop Tartlets": Fall Flavors Wrapped Up in Flaky Pastry

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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.

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Whisk's "Apple-cinnamon pop tartlet." | Photos by Mabel Suen
Whisk: A Sustainable Bakeshop (2201 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5166) excels at lots of things, from award-winning cupcakes to a veritable rainbow of juicy popsicles. While visitors can expect warm and fuzzy flavors coming out of its ovens this fall -- sweet-potato cupcakes with maple frosting, pumpkin brownies and apple-cider pops, just to name a few -- there's one pastry that baker Kaylen Wissinger refers to as her go-to this time of the year: apple-cinnamon "pop tartlets."

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The London Tea Room's Blueberry-Lemon Cake: Perfect Pair with a Fragrant Cup of Tea

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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.

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London Tea Room's blueberry-lemon cake. | Photos by Mabel Suen

While growing up in the county of Hampshire on the southern coast of England, the London Tea Room's (3128 Morgan Ford Road; 314-241-6556) manager Jackie James adopted a knack for baking at an early age. She'd wait for her parents to go on their weekly Saturday stroll, during which time she'd experiment in the kitchen making pots of tea and sandwiches to go with her homemade rock cakes, shortbread and sponge cakes.

When Pat and Alan Richardson decided to open up a mom-and-pop tea shop to coincide their furniture business in 2007, James seemed like a natural choice to fill in when the cafe lost its baker. Since then, she's developed the range of in-house baked goods for the pastry case, including everything from rock cakes and their family's recipe for scones to a tried-and-true customer favorite: moist and flavorful blueberry-lemon cake.

See also: First Look: The London Tea Room

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Corner 17's Fluffy Ice: A Frozen Taiwanese Treat Topped with Fresh Fruit

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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.

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Corner 17's "Green Tea Matcha Fluffy Ice." | Photos by Mabel Suen
In addition to its specialty hand-pulled noodles, Corner 17 (6623 Delmar Boulevard; University City; 314-727-2402) features a full menu of desserts and drinks, including tapioca-studded treats and fresh fruit juices. While the standard "Corner 17 Milk Tea" with boba hits the spot, it's the unique final item on the restaurant's chalkboard menu that most captures our dessert-loving eye: the fluffy ice.

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