Food & Drink

Best St. Louis Bakeries

January 31, 2012 11:54 AM

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Located in the up-and-coming Benton Park area, Bittersweet Bakery offers savory pastries, quiche, muffins, bread puddings and more. (Credit:

Located in the up-and-coming Benton Park area, Bittersweet Bakery offers savory pastries, quiche, muffins, bread puddings and more. (Credit:

When looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, only certain items will do. Finding the perfect sweet treat to satisfy your appetite is easy with the best bakeries in St. Louis. Whether you’re looking for pastries, cookies or cupcakes, these St. Louis bakeries offer what you need and much more. – Stephanie Shepard
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The butter cake is a local favorite made with butter, sugar and cream cheese. (Credit: Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Missouri Baking Company

2027 Edwards St.
Saint Louis, Mo. 63110

Missouri Baking Company is located on “The Hill,” St. Louis’ Italian district. This hometown bakery offers delicacies ranging from cookies to cannoli. If you’re looking for a sweet taste of St. Louis, try the gooey butter cake – this local favorite is made with butter, sugar and cream cheese, and is sure to please. If savory is more your style, don’t fret – Missouri Baking Company also sells freshly made pizza dough.

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Located in the up-and-coming Benton Park area, Bittersweet Bakery offers savory pastries, quiche, muffins, bread puddings and more. (Credit:

Bittersweet Bakery

2200 Gravois Ave.
Saint Louis, Mo. 63104

Bittersweet Bakery is a St. Louis gem. Located in the up-and-coming Benton Park area, Bittersweet Bakery offers savory pastries, quiche, muffins, bread puddings and more. For a special indulgence, try the roasted banana, caramel and sea salt breakfast bread. This rich banana bread is sure to please the pickiest eater. Also of interest are the many varieties of mini-cakes Bittersweet Bakery offers. Try the chocolate buttermilk cake for a sinful end to your meal.

Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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This Tiramisu cake is one of McArthur's European specialties. (Credit:

McArthur’s Bakery

113 N. Kirkwood Rd.
Saint Louis, Mo. 63122

Wedding cakes are certainly no easy item to shop for. Luckily, McArthur’s Bakery, one of the best bakeries in St. Louis, makes the whole process a snap. With baked goods including coffee cakes, donuts, cookies and, of course, wedding cakes, McArthur’s Bakery impresses locals with their freshly baked goods. For your special day, McArthur’s Bakery offers a range of cake flavors, including white, yellow, marble and chocolate. Fillings of just about any fruit or custard are also available for wedding cakes.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Best

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  • Tom

    Someone should point out that the cannolis at Missouri Bakery are supplied by Pete Rosciglione at Rosciglione’s Bakery in St. Charles. Pete is the third generation of family bakers.

  • Don Block

    For a French tart, LaBonne Bouche and for a real bagel or gooey butter cake, Pratzels

  • Peggy Hawk

    The best whipped cream frosted cakes are found at Helfer’s Bakery in Florissant. Their butter cream frosting is wonderful as it is not so sweet. Their cakes are very tender. Wedding cakes are top notch. They have a complete bakery from cakes to cookies to danish to doughnuts to stollens and wonderful breads. They also have a really nice deli next to the bakery.

  • Kathy

    Ozenkoski Bakery in St. Charles has the very best gooey butter cakes and a variety of flavors. The raspberry is my favorite.

    • Dezarae

      Not sure that this is a Mord Sith scene from the “Sword of Truth” series. First, the Mord Sith wore RED tleehar to hide the blood. Second, they didn’t use whips, they used Ageil (magic rod that cause pain for those who haven’t read the books). And third, the victims didn’t have their mouths zipped shut. the Mord Sith wanted to hear the screams and begging. Sorry, have to go with “just a creepy BDSM cake” here. And it is very creepy and strange and definitely on my “things that can never be unseen” list. Yet I keep looking back at it to try and figure out more details…

  • E. R. "Bob" Eastin

    B.O.B. (Baron of Brentwood)
    Try the Apple Pull-A-Parts at the Clayton Bakery (Des Peres) on Manchester Road (southside), especially when seated in a committee setting. A napkin or two keeps you freed from k-f-s untensils while the work goes on! Then, sample gooey butter cake…for variety!

  • Beth from Bella Rhodes Productions

    Sarah’s Cake Shop in Clarkson-Wilson Center creates the tastiest wedding cakes ever. They are gorgeous works of art.

    • Paula

      I would not recommend Sarah’s Cake shop, I ordered a 10″ fondont icing cake from them in July and when I got it home and took it out of the box the fondont was bubbling. I tried to call them but they were gone for the day. I called the next day and the person I spoke too said she would need to talk to her manager and get back with me. Never heard back from them even thought I makde several attemps via phone and email I paid over $100 for the cake and was very disappointed in the service I received and would not recommend them if they do not guarantee their products. This cake was for my daughters 21st birthday and what a disappointment when we had her party that night.

  • Jerry

    Best is Federhoffers on Gravois Jerry Wessel

  • mojavemoog

    Surprised Sweet Art on (2203 S 39th St) did not make your list. Lovely baked goods, ALL made from scratch. Their cupcakes are epic.

  • J Madison

    Bittersweet Bakery is closed.

  • Edson

    In the Maswik Cafeteria at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, there was a large sign above the center of the food srecive area that pointed the way to various offerings, including a helpful arrow directing you to the “Deserts”. Sadly, judging by recent pictures online, they’ve remodeled and the sign is now gone. Oddly enough, if you go in the approximate direction the arrow points, leaving the main road, crossing into the adjacent Kaibab National Forest, and continuing on Forest Service roads, you will find yourself leaving the forest and entering a desert area. wv: wineses – Gollum’s tipple of choice, or the true cause of many of these wrecks.

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